Velas Turtle Festival

Velas Turtle Festival Nature Tours
Velas is a small village in Ratnagiri, Famous as birth place of Olive Ridley Turtles. The female turtles who were born on this beach return to lay eggs .The turtle conservation movement was started by Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra around 1992. Regional forest officers and villagers of Velas also contribute to this conservation.

The Olive Ridley turtles are about 2 feet long and are tent shaped. They have four oar shaped limbs with one nail on each .They breed throughout the year mainly during November to March. The female turtle returns to her birth place during night to lay eggs which hatch after 45 to 55 days. Usually 100 to 120 eggs are laid at a time.

Many people consumed the eggs and the breeding habitats were destructed in past. The adult turtles slaughtered for leather and oil. This has led to endangerment of the specie. Currently the specie is protected under wild life protection act 1972 Schedule 1. Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra promotes eco tourism at Velas and it is once in a life time experience to witness the hatchlings start their journey in to the seas. Zenith Odysseys is organizing eco tour to Velas. Come let's witness the start of magical journey…

                        Departure                         Arrival
            22:00 on 9 March 2018

            at Rajaram Bridge

            20:30 on 11 march 2018

            at Rajaram Bridge

  Odyssey Type: Nature Odyssey

  Speciality: Olive Ridley Turtle

  Batch Size: 15 Participants

  Base Village: Velas

  Distance From Pune: 200 Kms

  Regions: Ratnagiri

                                    Night 1: 09 March 2018

                                    22:30 - Departure from Pune

      Day 1: 10 March 2018       Day 2: 11 March 2018
      5:30 Arrival at Velas & Have Tea

      6:30 Off to Beach

      8:30 Breakfast & Tea

      9:30 Visit to Bankot Fort

      12:30 Lunch

      14:00 Rest

      17:00 Visit to Beach & Film thereafter.

      20:00 Dinner & Overnight at Velas HomeStay

      6:00 Wake Up Call Tea

      6:30 Off to Beach

      8:30 Breakfast & Tea

      10:00 Move to Harihareshwar, Visit Temple etc

      12:30 Lunch

      14:00 Leave for Pune

      21:00 Arrival at Pune

Step 1: Contact Call us on +91 9764384221 or +91 9028163088 for seat availability.

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Online Transfer:

            Bank Name : HDFC Bank

            Branch : Hingne Khurd

            IFSC / RTGS : HDFC0000825

            A/C Name : Zenith Odysseys

            A/C Type : Current Account

            A/c Number : 50200005722253

UPI Address: ZenithOdysseys@HDFCBank

PayTM: +91 97643 84221

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                                  Compulsory                                   Suggested
            1) Waterbottle (Non Disposable only)

            2) Good Rucksack

            3) Personal Medicines if any

            4) Everything packed in a good rucksack            

            5) ID Proof

            1) Dry foods like: Chikki, Chocolates and cakes etc.

            2) Extra Pair of clothes & sleepers/ floaters

            3) Rain protection / wind cheater/ cap / scarf as per the weather.        

            4) Hand Towel

            5) Sunscreen lotion / face wash

            6) Camera or Binoculars

Rs. 2850 per person (including 5% GST)

                                  Inclusions                                   Exclusions
        1) Travel by a private non AC bus. Boating

        2) Morning Tea & Breakfast, Lunch and Evening Tea & Snacks            

        3) Adventure Experts & Leaders

        4) First aid kit.

        5) Safety & Tested Equipments

        6) Government Service Tax

        7) Personal Entry, Toll & Parking etc

        1) Personal orders of Tea, coffee, Cold Drinks, Mineral Water,

            Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, etc.

        2) Personal expenditure of any kind.

        3) Insurance Coverage.

        4) Medical expenses other than “First aid”.

        5) Any other charges not specifically mentioned in "Fee Includes"      

1) Hatchlings of Olive Ridley Turtles

2) Boat ride to Harihareshwar

3) Heritage visit

4) Homemade, chulha cooked food

5) fun filled time

6) Expert Assistance

7) Documentary about Olive Ridley Turtle

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