Velas Turtle Festival 2023 from Mumbai
Trikon Presents Velas Turtle Festival 2023 for all those who wish to embark on a memorable sojourn with fellow trikoners to witness the rare and scarce sea turtles at the Golden Sand Beach of Velas. Unarguably, Velas is also one of the popular breeding sites of Olive Ridley Turtle. This is the best time to visit Velas to experience breeding of turtle at Velas Turtle festival.
This Year visit Velas for the much talked about Velas Turtle Festival. Greet those tiny creatures and see them hatch eggs during the Velas turtle festival.
Eco-tourism Trip and Awareness
Velas Turtle Festival is not just about little turtles hatching season and the beautiful beaches, there something more to it. Olive Ridley Turtles are one of the more endangered species of turtle. To protect and conserve these turtles, the Marine Conservation Society hosts this turtle festival at Velas every year to spread awareness and promote eco-tourism.
Pickup from Mumbai
Day 0: Friday
09:45 pm: Meet the Trikon Team at Bisleri Junction, Andheri (E)
10:00 pm: Bus leaves from Andheri, Pickups on the way
10:30 pm: Pickup from Pritam Hotel, Dadar (East)
11:45 pm: Pickup from K Star Mall, Chembur
11.15 pm: Pickup from Sec 17, Vashi (Below the flyover)
11.40 pm: Pickup from Hotel 3 Star, Kharghar
Overnight Journey to Velas
Day 1 - Saturday
05:00 am - Reach Velas
06:00 am - Freshen up & Get ready for the first visit
06:30 am - Introduction round & Watch the hatching
08:00 am - Come back to the village for breakfast
10:00 am - Leave for Bankot fort
11:00 am - Reach Bankot fort & Explore
12:30 pm - Leave from Bankot fort
01:30 pm - Have lunch
04:00 pm - Visit the Beach for Turtle hatching & Sunset
06:30 pm - Watch Informative Documentary
07:30 pm - Play fun games
08:30 pm - Dinnner & Night strolling
10:00 pm - Hit your bed & retire for the day
Day 2 - Sunday
06:00 am - Wake up Call
06:30 am - Wake up and leave for Velas beach for the last sighting
08:00 am - Come back to home stay & Have breakfast
10:00 am - Leave for Harihareshwar beach
11:30 am - Visit temple and spend some time besides the beach
12:30 pm - Have delicious Konkani Delicacies
02:30 pm - Start return journey
10:30 pm - Reach Mumbai (Tentatively)
What is included in the tour
- Travelling from Dadar to Velas and Velas to Dadar by AC Bus
- Sightseeing at Velas
- Entry charges to witness Velas turtle festival
- Dormitory Accommodation at Velas
- Saturday Breakfast, Lunch , Evening Tea / Coffee , Dinner & Sunday Breakfast , Lunch at Velas
- Trikon Expertise Charges for Velas turtle festival tour
What is NOT included in the tour
- Any personal expenses such as soft drinks etc at velas turtle festival tour.
- Camera charges
- Anything other than above mentioned inclusion
- 5% GST
- Enjoy eating delicious Home Made food by locals
- Stay at Local Huts & Houses
- Visit Harihareshwar beach and Historical Bankot fort
- An amazing road trip across the swaying palms of Konkan
Q: What is the Velas Turtle Festival in Maharashtra?
A: The Velas Turtle Festival is an annual event that takes place in the small village of Velas in Maharashtra, India. The festival celebrates the nesting and hatching of Olive Ridley sea turtles, an endangered species that come to the beaches of Velas to lay their eggs.
Q: When does the Velas Turtle Festival take place?
A: The festival usually takes place in March and April, during the nesting and hatching season of the Olive Ridley sea turtles.
Q: What activities can visitors expect during the festival?
A: Visitors can witness the nesting and hatching of the turtles, participate in beach cleaning drives, learn about turtle conservation efforts, and enjoy local food and cultural performances.
Q: Is it possible to see the turtles nesting and hatching during the festival?
A: Yes, visitors can witness the nesting and hatching of the turtles, but it is important to follow the rules and regulations set by the organizers to ensure the safety of the turtles.
Q: Are there any accommodations available in Velas during the festival?
A: Yes, there are home-stay options available in Velas and nearby villages for visitors.
Q: Is it necessary to book tickets in advance for the festival?
A: Yes, it is recommended to book tickets in advance as the festival attracts a large number of visitors.
Q: What is the best time to visit the festival?
A: The best time to visit the festival is during the early morning or late evening when the turtles are most active.
Q: Are there any restrictions on photography during the festival?
A: Yes, photography is allowed during the festival, but flash photography is strictly prohibited as it can disturb the turtles.
Q: How can visitors contribute to turtle conservation efforts during the festival?
A: Visitors can participate in beach cleaning drives, avoid littering, and follow the rules and regulations set by the organizers to ensure the safety of the turtles.
- Avoid wearing precious Jewelry while trekking, as Trikon won’t be responsible for any losses for the same.
- Emergence of Hatchlings of turtles is a natural process; Trikon won’t be held responsible for low or no hatchings, though the dates are fixed as per the maximum probability.
- The above beaches in and around Velas have strong RIP currents so you won’t be allowed to go into the water with or without Life jacket / Life Guards and attempt swimming.
- Velas has good facility of washroom at the home stays.
- Network is quite poor at Velas though the other destinations offer fair connectivity.
- Consuming liquor or any kind of Alcoholic substance is prohibited. Carrying any kind of substance that’s illegal is not allowed. Smoking is strictly not allowed. Anybody found smoking or consuming alcoholic drinks will be expelled from the event without refund.
- ID Card
- 2 ltrs water
- Camera (Optional)
- Enerzyl Powder or Glucon D powder
- Snacks & Biscuits
- Extra Pair of Clothes
- Clean napkin or small towel
- Cap, Sunglasses, scarf
- Haversack or Backpack (No sling bags)
- Please carry medicines if you need any
- Hand Sanitizer
- Identity Card