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Early in the morning got to see the cute creature crawling towards the beach it was really touching, isn't it? There are lots of people who came and ta...
Nice stay especially the home-stay and the activity areas were nearby. The festival was unique as this is the first time I saw but I really like it not...
Location: Ratnagiri, Maharashtra
Activity Timing: 2 days - 1 night
Maharashtra is full of surprises, one of the best is this Turtle Festival in Ratnagiri. This tour will take you to various sightseeing location in and around the region and will offer you to witness the amazing sea turtles that come to the Velas beach. The festival draws a number of nature lovers, marine turtle enthusiasts, conservationists, and amazed people who just want to witness the spectacle.
Your Turtle Festival Ratnagiri trip will start from Dadar from where you will be transferred to the Velas beach to witness the Turtle Festival. It is a staggering sight to see a beach full of turtles which will definitely leave you spellbound. Throughout the course of the trip, you will be visiting some of the best nearby attractions like the Bankot fort, Velas town and the Harihareshwar temple which is a very popular spiritual sight.
You will be staying in a homestay/dormitory which is very near to the Turtle Festival location so that you can go and witness the turtles anytime you want. Breakfast, lunch and dinner in the local Konkani style will be served to you during the Turtle Festival Ratnagiri trip.
Suitable for: All age groups, family and friends.
How to reach?
You will be picked up from a comfortable location in Dadar. You can easily reach there by private or public transportation.
Children below 5 year so age are allowed to join to tour for free with paying adults.
Depart to Velas
Visit Velas Beach at around 06.00 AM for Turtle Festival
Bankot Fort Visit
Lunch at Velas (Konkani Cuisine)
Turtle Sighting in the Evening
Visit Velas Beach for Turtle Festival
Visit Harihareshwar Temple and the Beach
Depart to Dadar
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Rated : 5.0
Early in the morning got to see the cute creature crawling towards the beach it was really touching, isn't it? There are lots of people who came and take part in this festival, the walked in the beach was breathtaking with the mindblowing view of the seas. Not only that this package includes the visit of Bonkot Fort and Harihareshwar Temple both the place looks beautiful and had a great time spending there with lots of memories. The accommodation was good and the meals too. It is really worth traveling that far, to gain this experience with my loved ones.
Rated : 5.0
Nice stay especially the home-stay and the activity areas were nearby. The festival was unique as this is the first time I saw but I really like it not only me but my group as well. The bus was nice with good condition and comfortable seats in which we all had a great journey in Dadar. Well-arranged tour liked it.
Rated : 5.0
The most amazing and lovely activity I ever saw so far. I love this Turtle Festival and would visit again.
Rated : 4.0
This tour was nice and quite different from the other tour I booked before. Nice and sweet experience. I see many turtles and I got good pictures of them as well. The place was mesmerized by many of the travelers.
The Ratnagiri Turtle Festival takes place in the months of February, March and April. The laying of eggs by the turtles generally starts in February, and the egg hatching continues until the end of April. The major tourist influx is during the months of March and April.
The cost for a two days visit to the Turtle Festival Ratnagiri is INR 2650 per adult for a group of eight people. A minimum of eight people is required to book this tour. The amount includes transportation from Dadar to Dadar, accommodation in Ratnagiri, sightseeing around Velas, and meals during the festival. This unique package is available at Thrillophilia, and you can book it online as soon as possible to avail the best offers.
The Turtle Festival Ratnagiri is dedicated towards the conservation of the endangered Olive Ridley Turtles. The turtles lay their eggs on the beach late at night, which are guarded amongst predators and poachers. When the eggs hatch, hundreds of turtles are released into the sea, and this event is the primary motive of the festival, which should not be missed.
Apart from this, several activities are happening at the festival in which you can participate. You should definitely try the authentic Konkani meals that are served at the festival and relish the organic fruits and vegetables while interacting with the locals. A visit to the Bankot Fort and Harihareshwar Temple is also a must-do activity and is included in the package.
The transport for the festival from Dadar is covered in the package. In case you are coming from outside, Ratnagiri is well-connected with major transit hubs.
- The nearest airport is the Mumbai or Pune airport. It will take about five hours from any of these airports to reach Velas. You can hire cabs from the airport to reach Ratnagiri.
- The nearest railway station is Chiplun. You can get on a bus from Chipun to Velas, which is a journey of around 3 hours.
- If you are travelling by road, you can reach Velas via the Mumbai-Goa Highway NH17, which will take about five hours to reach Velas from Mumbai.
- Public transport including buses to Velas is available from both Pune and Mumbai.
The meals included in the Turtle Festival Ratnagiri package are:
- Two breakfasts
- Two lunches
- One dinner
According to the package, the meals have been included for the entire duration of your stay at the festival. The meals will be vegetarian, and local Konkani cuisine will be served. You can also enjoy the local organic fruits and vegetables available in the village.
Ratnagiri is approximately 200 km from Pune, and both cities are well connected by public transport. You can hire a taxi from Pune Airport to Velas, Ratnagiri, which is a journey of about 4 hours. A drive will take about 4 hours from Pune to Ratnagiri, while a journey on the bus will take around 5 hours.
The timing of the festival is in the morning is from 07:00 AM to 07:30 AM, and in the evening from 06:00 Am to 06:30 PM during which you can see the baby turtles taking their first steps to the ocean. If you wish to see the turtles hatch their eggs, you can even take a stroll on the beach at midnight. The festival happens for about 2-3 months, during which you can participate in the festival at any time.
The Ratnagiri Turtle Festival is a conservation event that is dedicated to the conservation of Olive Ridley Turtles that are an endangered species. It is an annual event and one of the most celebrated eco-festival in India which attracts tourists, travellers and volunteers from around the globe. People visit the festival for various reasons like caring for the hatchlings, capturing the beautiful sight, or just experiencing the wholesome eco-tourism event.
The festival lets the visitors experience the rural lifestyle, relishing organic fruits and vegetables, and offers them an opportunity to give something back to nature. All these things make the turtle festival worth a visit!
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