Velas Turtle Festival 2017 Tour is a unique weekend getaway in the months of March and April, for travellers around Mumbai and Pune. This 2 day short trip to pay a visit to home of baby turtles is situated in Velas Beach or Olive Ridley Turtle Beach in Konkan Ratnagari District
Below are the major attractions in this weekend getaway
The Velas Turtle Festival is an annually organized by Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra (SNM) and the Kasav Mitra Mandal (KMM), during the period of February to March. This festival is attended by nature lovers, marine turtle enthusiasts, volunteers, known personalities in the field of conservation, tourists and people who just want to witness this moment, at least once in a lifetime
Velas is the birth place of Nana Phadnis, one of the great prominent personalities in Maratha history. There is an old temple of Shri Bhairi- Rameshwar and in this temple all twelve months water is made available taking the benefit of favorable geographical conditions. A statue of Nana Phadnis is present outside his house. In Velas, Mahalakshmi temple and Nana Phadnis house are the places to visit. Velas is also one of the popular breeding sites of Olive Ridley turtles, one of the endangered species of turtle.
Surrounded by four holy hills Harihar, Harshinachal, Bramhadri and Pushpadri Harihareshwar is a region in Konkan which is amazingly beautiful with hills playing the perfect foil for long stretch of pristine beach. The Harihareshwar temple built in the 16th century with the deities of Vishnu Brahma and Shiva is the primary attraction in Harihareshwar along with beautiful stretch of beach.
Bankon Fort is a sea fort, situated in Mandangad region of Ratnagiri district. Bankot is a square shaped fort. On the sides of Bankot fort, there is a dry moat (Revni) dug out in the Jambhya stone. Jambhya stone is a peculiar type of stone adorning a purple shade and peculiarly it is incapable of storing water as the water invariable percolates through it owing to its much porous nature.