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At Natures Behest: Velas turtle festival in Ratnagiri

The celebration of several baby turtles witnessing the world for the first time

Ratnagiri, March 09 (UITV): Velas is a small eco-village in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. Velas beach is well known for its beaches which reflect nature in its best preserved and pristine form. Velas accounts for 40% of sea turtles nests along Maharashtra’s coast.Velas 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. However, of lately, Velas has been attracting nature lovers and travellers 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. Velas welcomes thousands of travellers visit the velas beach in order to witness baby turtles, when the Velas turtle festival dates are announced. Besides Velas beach, here are several other tourist attractions at Velas including the Bankot Fort and the Harihareshwar Temple. At Velas, turtle conservation movement is undertaken by the villagers.

Witnessing a baby turtle coming out of the egg and then finding its way to the sea by those baby steps is an unforgettable moment

Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra is one of the leading NGOs in Maharashtra. It came into existence in the year 1992 and since then, it has put in gruelling endeavour to conserve, educate natives, spread awareness and promote nature tourism, especially in the naturally sensitive districts of Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg of Maharashtra.Velas turtle festival dates back on 2006 and the place is flocked by nature lovers not just from different parts of the state but from all around the country to witness birth of these globally protected turtle species in such a large number. Moreover, the easy Homestay accommodation at Velas makes up for affordable as well as comfortable outings. One can witness native Maharashtrian Konkani lifestyle and discover Konkani food while in their stay at these hotels. The festival is annual and happens in the month of March every year. Witnessing a baby turtle coming out of the egg and then finding its way to the sea by those baby steps is an unforgettable moment.

               Maharashtrian Konkani lifestyle and discover Konkani food while in their stay

PLACES TO VISIT AROUND VELAS

While the coastal village of Velas is well known for its annual turtle festival maharashtra, there are several other places tourists can feast their eyes on:

1. Harihareshwar beach : This is the prime Velas beach and arguably one of the most naturally preserved ones which one would come across in vicinity. The fact that Olive Ridley turtles choose these beaches for laying their eggs in huge numbers vouches for its pristine form.

2. Bankot Fort : During Homestay accommodation at velas, one can also go around the much visited Bankot fort which is in the vicinity of these beaches. Made part of Bombay Presidency in 1756 and was the foothold of British Raj in Southern Konkan. The origin of this fort is enigmatic even for the historians which further increases its appeal for tourists.

3. Harihareshwar Temple : After having witnessed the breathtaking event of velas turtle festival 2015, one can make their trip a little religion-oriented by going around two famous temples at Harihareshwar, Kalbhairav temple and the main Harihareshwar temple housing a Shiva Linga.

4. Dapoli : With forts, caves, hot water springs, Dapoli is another exciting tourist stop to be kept in mind for exploring while making Velas festival online booking.

                    HariHareshwar beach and Banfort fort are the near by torist attractions