Overview

or Adventure Geek invites all nature lovers, animal lovers, and adventurers from Mumbai to the Velas Turtle Festival 2024. 
Also, known as Kasav Mahotsav 2024 (वेळास कासव महोत्सव) is organized in the small fishing village of Velas on the western coast of Maharashtra. This is an event specifically focused on the conservation of Olive Ridley turtles. Travelers from Mumbai can witness baby turtles taking their first steps toward the sea.

About 220 km away from Mumbai, a little over a hundred houses on the coast of the Arabian Sea. It is that time of the year again when a tiny grey head pokes out of the golden sand and takes a breath of the fresh salty air of the Arabian Sea. 

Our Batches for Velas Turtle Festival 2024  Start from the Fourth week of March 2024 till April 2024.

The Olive Ridley turtle is a prominent visitor to the shores of Maharashtra for breeding purposes. Other species are the Green Turtle, Hawksbill, and Leatherback. A lot of the other information is already available online, like what turtles eat, and what a turtle looks like. The difference between a turtle, a tortoise, and a terrapin. It is a culmination of a lengthy process, which started when, under the cover of darkness, its mother emerged out from the rolling waves to lay her heap of 100-120 eggs on the sandy beach. Oblivious to the world that awaits it outside its sandy cocoon, the tiny hatchling is soon followed by a hundred others, all crawling their way toward the brightest lights of the horizon.
Adventure Geek invites you to the Velas Turtle Festival 2024 journey from the nest to the sea which draws OOHSS and AAHS from tourists each of whom is gathered on the shore to witness this miracle of Nature. The location is Velas, a remote village in Mandangad taluka in Ratnagiri district approx. a 6-hour drive from Mumbai. Olive Ridley turtles Velas conservation trends and knowledge has spread to nearby villages that have also started similar Velas Kasav Mahotsav 2024.

Also, check out our Anjarle Turtle Festival & Velas Turtle Festival 2024 from Pune

Velas Turtle Festival dates will be announced and updated shortly
Velas Turtle Festival, Ratnagiri Overview

The laying of eggs normally begins in December, and the process of turtles going to the beach to hatch the eggs continues until February. The festival, which is primarily a conservation event for sea turtles and a celebration of the natural process of breeding, has no specific dates. However, the activities and tourist inflow are at their peak between March and April.

Where is the Velas Turtle Festival Held? - 

Velas Turtle Festival is held at the beach of Velas in Ratnagiri, near 200km from Mumbai Pune.

Velas Turtle Festival is one of India's most recognized eco-festivals, attracting visitors and volunteers from all over the world. Some come to care for the small turtle hatchlings, some to photograph the little two-legged animals crawling their way to the ocean, and some to enjoy a healthy eco-tourism experience on the beach!

It is a memorable experience for travelers, allowing them to enjoy themselves while also giving back to society and Mother Nature. The festival has resulted in economic development in the villages surrounding Velas beach, and the number of sea turtles has steadily increased.

Children will enjoy an experience at the turtle festival as well. This festival is a pleasant break from the digital world of tablets and cell phones for the younger generation.

NOTE :-

  • Traveling by A/C Tempo traveler hatchback
  • Hatching is a natural process. Organizers won't be responsible for no hatching or less number.
  • Events are held as per post-discussion with local only.
  • The maximum batch size is 17 first come first basis.

Who Should Attend?
Best suited for Kids, Solo travelers, Groups, Corporate Teams, Couples, and families.

Cost For Velas Turtle Festival 2024

  1. Per Person By AC Bus Mumbai to Mumbai 5 Years & Above : ₹ 3399/- 
  2. Per Person Coming direct to the base village: ₹ 1800/-
2 Nights 3 Days 15 Mar, 22 Mar, 23 Mar, and more Velas, Maharashtra
Batches Available

Velas Turtle Festival Mumbai 2024 dates (Leaving on Friday Night)
We Might have Extra Batches Leaving on Thursday Night
Batch 1: 15th - 17th March
Batch 2: 22nd - 24th March
Batch 3: 29th - 31st March
Batch 4: 5th - 7th April
Batch 5: 12th - 14th April
Batch 6: 19th - 21st April
Batch 7: 26th - 28th April

Highlights
  • Travelling by A/c Bus.
  • Witness Turtle Taking First Step.
  • Watch and Learn about Turtle Hatching.
  • Witness Turtle Taking First Step.
  • Ferry Ride to Harihareshwar.
  • Bankot Fort Visit.
  • Harihareshwar Temple.
  • Konkani Home Stay.
  • Authentic Konkani Delicacy.
Itinerary

Velas Tortoise festival

Itinerary for Mumbai - Velas - Mumbai

Day 00 - Friday:-
10.00 pm Meeting Point: Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivali East (Mumbai) and leave for Velas by AC Bus.
Pickup Points : 
10.40 pm Sion Lunch Home, Sion.
10.55 pm Chembur (K star Mall).
11.15 PM Vashi ( below Vashi Bridge).
11.30 PM MCD Kalamboli, Panvel.

Day 01 Saturday 

  • Reach Velas Turtle Beach by 05:00 am. Watch Velas Turtle hatching & taking their first steps. 
  • 9:00 AM - Proceed toward the Konkani-style homestay. Freshen up.
  • 10:00 AM - Have a delicious homemade breakfast.
  • 11:00 AM -Proceed for a visit to Bankot Fort, which is known for its history and breathtaking views of Velas beach and Harihareshwar Temple,
  • 2:30 PM - Have a home-cooked & Hygienic lunch. Post lunch, you can rest till evening. 
  • 5:00 PM - Visit Velas Turtle Beach again to see more Olive Ridley Turtles.
  • 7:00 PM Post sightings, a briefing session would be taken to educate about Olive Ridley Turtles. 
  • Spend the night enjoying group games, sharing stories and experiences, etc. 
  • 9:00 PM - Have dinner.
  • 10:30 PM - Retire for the day. 

Day 02 Sunday

  • 6:00 AM - Wake up early morning with the hope of sighting baby turtles again. 
  • 9:00 AM - Post-sighting session, have breakfast, and leave for Harihareshwar. This is when you will experience one of the most interesting moments of the Velas turtle festival tour, where our bus will be transferred from one district to another in a jetty via sea route. We will explore Harihareshwar Temple and the beach.
  • 2:00 PM - Have a yummy lunch and leave for Mumbai. Reach around 9-10 PM tentatively. Velas Turtle Festival 2024 concludes herewith with good memories. 

FAQ For Velas Turtle Festival 2024 (वेळास कासव महोत्सव).

1) How do we travel to the Velas Turtle Festival 2024 from Mumbai??
We will be traveling by Private A/c Bus From Mumbai.

2Is a bathroom/toilet facility available at the homestay?
The bathroom/toilet facility is available in both Western & Indian styles. 

3) What kind of food is available at homestay?

Imagine eating food on banana Leaf, Yes we serve local Konkani food in Konkani Style at our homestay.

4)  Timings for the Velas Tortoise Festival?
There are two sessions available in a day, one is at 06.30 am and the other is at 5.30 pm.

5) Where do we see Velas Turtle Hatching?
We need to reach Velas Turtle Beach to see hatching. 

6) Is it kid-friendly?
Yes, Kids love watching tiny Olive turtles taking steps toward the sea.

7)What are the dates for वेळास कासव महोत्सव 
Normally Velas turtle Festival Happen during March and April 
Soon we will update with dates and batches will start soon 

Cancellation and Refund applicable on the whole tour cost :

  • Cancellation within 24 hours of payment is 100% refundable. (Not applicable on payments made before or less than 36 hours before the event. Only 20% will be refunded in this case.)
  • If cancellation is made before 10 days of the outing 90% refundable.
  • If cancellation is made before 6 days of the outing 60% will be refunded.
  • If done before 3 days of the outing 30% will be refunded
  • After that, no refund will be provided.

Note:

 

  • Since it is not a luxury trip, do not expect any luxury. 
  • All food is the hygienic and authentic local delicacy.
  • All sightseeing and activities depend on the time available. 
  • Participants must carry cash to survive and buy anything. 
  • Consuming liquor or any kind of Alcoholic substance is prohibited. Carrying any kind of substance that's illegal is not allowed. Anybody found consuming alcoholic drinks will be expelled from the event without a refund.
  • You are joining an outdoor activity where any incident, reasons beyond control like natural calamities, landslides, bad road conditions, riots, political uncertainty, public transport failure, etc.; Man-Made calamities, Vehicle breakdown, or vehicle dysfunction can happen & you agree that the organizer/leader shall not be held responsible for any accident, mishap (including death) caused by any circumstances.
  • Adventure Geek reserves all rights to modify/change the camp/ program and abort the event and Adventure Geek will not be liable to refund booking charges in such a case.
  • Adventure Geek reserves all right to call off the ongoing event when such circumstances arise, and it shall not be responsible for any refund henceforth.
Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Accommodation in a typical Konkani bungalow on a homestay sharing basis. (Velas is an eco-tourism village and separate rooms/hotel accommodation is not available)
  • Transportation from Mumbai to Mumbai by A/c vehicle
  • Typical Konkani veg meals on tour. (Breakfast, Dinner & Lunch)
  • Lunch on Sunday (Veg only)
  • Sightseeing and entry tickets, wherever necessary.
  • Ferryboat Charges & entry tickets.
  • Adventure Geek Expertise

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Medical / Insurance Charges
  • Personal Expenses
  • Packaged Water / Extra Tea or Beverages
  • Anything not mentioned under Inclusion
  • Extra Activities
  • Any miscellaneous expenses
Pickup point
Velas, Maharashtra 415208, India View on Map