Overview

       Velas is a coastal village which falls in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. The place is well known for its beaches which reflect nature in its best preserved and pristine form. Besides Velas beach, here are several other tourist attractions at Velas including the Bankot Fort and the Harihareshwar Temple. However, of lately, Velas has been attracting tourists more for its Velas Turtle Festival,Maharashtra than anything else. Hundreds of Olive Ridley Turtles, one of the most treasured species of marine turtles, come ashore at Velas beach for breeding and lay hundreds of eggs. When the Velas turtle festival dates are announces, thousands of tourists visit the Velas beach in order to witness baby turtles.

Batches :

March

B1 : 14th - 15th March 2020 | Starting On 13th Night
B2 : 21st - 22nd March 2020 | Starting On 20th Night
B3 : 28th - 29th March 2020 | Starting On 27th Night

April
B4 : 4th - 5th April, 2020 | Starting On 3rd Night
B5 : 11th - 12th April, 2020 | Starting On 10th Night
B6 : 18th - 19th April, 2020 | Starting On 17th Night
B7 : 25th - 26th April, 2020 | Starting On 24th Night

*Please note that Turtle Egg Hatching is a Natural Process & We humans have no control over the process.We cannot not guarantee that we will be able to see the Hatching Every time we visit the place.

2 Days Available on request Sadashiv Peth, Maharashtra
Highlights
  • 3 Turtle Egg Hatching sessions
  • Learn about Olive Ridley turtle conservation
  • Enjoy sunrise and sunset at the beach
  • Visit to Bankot Fort
  • Visit to Harihareshwar Temple
  • Ferry Boat
  • Experience HomeStay
  • Witness the joy of turtle hatchlings as they walk into the sea
Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Transport by Non AC High Back Private Vehicle (Pune-Velas-Pune)
  • Ferry Boat Charges (Veshvi to Bagmandle)
  • 3 Turtle Egg Hatching Sessions
  • 2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 1 Dinner (Food:Pure Veg)
  • Group accommodation in Home Stay in Velas on multiple Sharing Basis without attached washrooms
  • Expert Leads from Via Ferrata
  • First aid kit available

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Dinner on Previous Night & on Return Journey to Pune, Cold drinks, Mineral water, etc
  • Private orders of Tea, Breakfast, Meals etc
  • Personal expenses of any kind
  • Medical expenses other than “First aid”
  • Any other charges not mentioned in “Fees Include“
Itinerary

Previous Night : Friday

11:00 p.m. – Meet Team Via Ferrata at Office in Sadashiv Peth.

11:30 p.m. – Departure from S. P. College.

Starting Point : S.P College,Tilak Road,Pune.

Pickup Points : Pickup Points : Deccan Corner, Karve Road, Nalstop, Paud Road, Vanaaz Corner & Chandani Chowk.

Day 1: Saturday

04:00 a.m.  – Reach Velas.

Rest & Morning Ablutions till the Wee hours.

06:00 a.m. Introduction & Instructions Round

06:30 a.m.  1st Turtle Egg Hatching Session.

08:30 a.m. – Back to village for Breakfast.

09:30 a.m. Visit to Bankot fort.

12:00 noon Back to Velas for Lunch

Rest for some time post the Lunch.

04:00 p.m. Basic Photography Techniques sharing session.

05:30 p.m. – 2nd Turtle Egg Hatching Session.

06:30 p.m. Tell-a-Tale Session

07:30 p.m. Back to Home stay.

08:30 p.m. – Dinner.

10:00 p.m. Retire for the Day. 

Day 2 : Sunday

05:00 a.m.  – Wake up call.

Rest & Morning Ablutions till the Wee hours.

06:30 a.m.  – 3rd Turtle Egg Hatching Session.

08:30 a.m.  – Back to village for Breakfast.

09:30 a.m.  – Travel to Harihareshwar.

Visit Harihareshwar Temple & Explore the place

12:00 noon – Lunch on the way

02:30 p.m. Start return journey to Pune.

08:30 p.m. – Reach back to Pune.

We may come to Pune ONE Hour Before OR After the given time.

Things To Carry
  • Identity Card
  • Rucksack
  • Trekking Shoes & Clothes
  • At least 2 liters of water bottle
  • Bedding material – Sleeping bag / Carry mat / Blanket etc
  • Some ready to eat food like plum cakes, fruits, dryfruits,chocolates, biscuits, etc
  • Any prescribed personal medicine (e.g. anti allergic medicines suggested by doctor) 
Pickup point
Via Ferrata Adventure Solutions, near Khajina Vihir, Perugate, Sadashiv Peth, Pune, Maharashtra, India View on Map