Activities: Turtle Festival
Village: Velas (Dist. Ratnagiri)
Cost: ₹ 3750/-
Batches: 6th – 7th Apr 2024
20th – 21st Apr 2024

Velas, well known Turtle destination of Maharashtra. Typical Konkani village hosts annual turtle festival in co-ordination with the Forest Department. Join us to witness these little turtles leave the coast to endure ocean life. Watch little beauties, birds, serene beach & enjoy delicious local cuisine.


  • Witness the little turtle babies crawl their first steps towards a journey called life.
  • Enjoy a typical Konkani Village.
  • Delicious authentic local cuisine.
  • Enjoy serene beaches
  • Visit Historical Bankot Fort and Harihareshwar Temple.

Tour Plan

Starting point from National Park, Borivali - East. Pickup points at regular st0ps - Sion, Chembur, Vashi & Kalamboli. The pickup timings will be shared on WhatsApp group before one day of the tour. Vehicle will leave from the starting point around 10 pm.
Reach Velas early Morning around 5 am. Freshen up & ready for first beach visit around 6 am Brief introduction, late observe the turtle hatchings, and enjoy your time. Back to homestay for breakfast. Head for Bankot Fort around 10 am. Explore the fort and enjoy the view of Savitri River and estuary. Reach homestay around 1 pm. After lunch rest for awhile. Time for second visit to beach around 4 pm, watch turtle hatchings, and enjoy Sunset. After Dinner, go for a stroll. Lights off around 10 pm.
Wake up early & get ready to visit beach third sighting of turtles around 6 am Back to homestay for breakfast. Leave to Harihareshwar around 10 am. Enjoy your ferry ride to Bagmandala. Visit Harihareshwar temple, roam around on beach Lunch around 12:30 pm. Head Back to Mumbai will reach within 6 - 7 hrs.


  • Traveling from Mumbai to Mumbai by private AC vehicle
  • Entry Fees and Forest/ Gram Panchayat Charges
  • Ferry charges and Harihareshwar temple entry fees
  • Homestay with bedding (Non Ac)
  • Saturday - Breakfast, Lunch, Evening tea/ coffee. Dinner (veg/ Non Veg)
  • Sunday - Breakfast, Lunch, Evening tea/ coffee
  • Coordinator


  • Personal expenses of any kind viz. packaged water bottles, Soft drinks, Laundry, etc.
  • Any kind of insurance.
  • Tips, Local Sightseeing and anything which is not specifically mentioned in the cost inclusions.
  • Any kind of refund for unutilised tour plan services.
  • Additional Expenses/ cost incidental to any change in the itinerary / stay caused by reason beyond our control such as Natural Calamities (Land Slides, Floods etc.), any accidents, medical evacuations, riots, strikes, evacuation costs, flight cancellation, etc.
  • Any other tax or service charge, stay charge that could be enforced during this period will be extra and need to be borne by Participants.
  • Any service not specifically mentioned in the INCLUSIONS.

Important Note

  • The tour dates planned according to information provided by volunteers however, Turtle sighting is a natural phenomenon and its matter of chance.
  • Velas Turtle Festival is an ecotourism event that emphasises conservation and local culture. Do not expect separate rooms/ hotel kind accommodation or city like amenities.
  • For safety and security measures, swimming at beach is strictly prohibited

Cancellation & Refund Policy

If for some reason you wish to cancel your trek/ event then an email intimation needs to be sent to “info@wanderingexplorers.in”. Cancellation requests are not taken over phone, however you can phone to check whether your cancellation has been processed.

  1. In case if participant cancelled booking before 15 days in advance from the date of joining, then participant will get a refund of 50%.
  2. In case if participant cancelled booking between 14 to 8 days in advance from the date of joining, then participant will get a refund of 25%.
  3. In case if a participant is unable to join a trek/event at last moment or cancelled booking in less than 8 days in advance from the date of joining, then participant will not get any refund.
  4. No Refund or Compensation for any changes on the ongoing event.
  5. No Refund of any kind for unutilised tour plan services.
  6. A refund will be given after 15 days of completion of the trek /event.
  7. We owns (or reserve) the right to apply cancellation charges; if the trek/ event cancelled before leaving for the trek/ event by any reason beyond our control such as Natural Calamities (Heavy Rains, Storms, Landslides, Floods, and Pandemic, etc.) or any unforeseen incidents like road accidents, public transport cancellation/ failure, Government declared restrictions, strikes and Bandhs, etc. We shall not be liable for any other kind of loss.

Things to Carry

  • Photo Identity proof
  • A bottle of water
  • Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc
  • Towel/ Pancha and napkin
  • Jacket/ Hoodie, Extra clothes
  • Scarf, Cap, Sunglasses, Camera, etc (optional) .
  • Medicine those if u require usually
  • Floaters and good shoes.
  • Toiletries (Soap, Cold crème/ sun crème, Insect repellent, Candid/ Mycoderm powder, etc)
  • A Rucksack or Daysack to put in all the things to be carried

Do not wear gold or carry valuable ornaments.

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