• Trip introduction

    Rejoice in witnessing the birth of Olive Ridley sea turtles at the unique turtle festival held in Velas village. Luckily, you'll get three opportunities to watch the tiny turtles hatch and crawl their way to the sea during this 3-day trip to the Velas turtle festival. You'll also take a sightseeing tour to spot the cannon relics at Bankot Fort and hop onto a ferry to visit the venerated Harihareshwar temple. Drool over the delicious Konkani cuisines and return with memorable experiences of this unique festival.


    Velas is a small coastal village in the Ratnagiri district, about 6-hr drive away from Mumbai. The village is well-known for holding the namesake turtle festival, organized to sustain and conserve the endangered species of Olive Ridley sea turtles. Apart from the turtle festival, the village is famous for the historic Bankot fort alongside the Savitri River, and renowned Harihareshwar temple.

    You'll spend an evening strolling on the gorgeous Velas beach and sleep in a comfortable Konkani house in the village.

    Destination highlights

    Visit the Velas beach three times to spot the turtles. | Visit the historic Bankot Fort. | Go on a ferry ride to Harihareshwar temple. | Savour delicious Konkani cuisines.

    Activity Details


    1 Instructor for every 10 Participants


    1 and above years



    Trip details
  • Day 1 of Velas turtle festival: Depart from Mumbai

    Arrive near the Pritam hotel at Dadar by 21:45 hrs and board an AC bus that will be waiting for you. The bus will depart from Dadar and proceed towards the Velas village. Overnight in transit.

    Overnight in the bus.

    You'll be travelling in an AC bus until the early morning of tomorrow, so you may want to bring dry snacks like biscuits or chocolates for the ride. No meals are included in today's meal package.

    Day 1 Milestone


    Velas village

    21:45 PM


    No meals are provided today

    Day 2 of Velas turtle festival: Turtle festival and sightseeing
    Day 3 of Velas turtle festival: Turtle festival and sightseeing
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  • Cancellation policy

    If the cancellation is made 10 days or more before the departure of the trip to Velas Turtle Festival: 100% refund.

    If the cancellation is made between 0-10 days before the departure of the trip to Velas Turtle Festival: no refund.

    In case of no show: no refund.

    All refunds will be processed after deducting a transaction fee of INR 200 per person. This fee is charged by The Great Next.

    Rules on trip

    Travellers are required to follow instructions of the tour guide during the trip to Velas turtle festival.

    Consumption of alcohol, drugs and tobacco products like cigarettes is prohibited during the trip.

    Travellers are requested to treat the local culture with respect and avoid littering, defacing property and monuments and causing general disturbance.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    The booking cost of Velas Turtle festival for kids between the ages of 5-10 years is INR 2310 per person.

    No booking cost for kids younger than 5 years of age. An extra seat will not be allotted in the bus.
    • Velas Turtle Festival Olive Ridley Sea Turtle Maharashtra The Great Next
    • Velas Turtle Festival Olive Ridley Sea Turtle Maharashtra The Great Next
  • Includes / Excludes


    • Pick-up and drop-off between Dadar and Velas in an AC bus

    • Accommodation in a home-stay for 1 night on multi-sharing basis
    • All meals from breakfast on day 2 to lunch on day 3
    • Ferry ride to Harihareshwar on day 3
    • Services of experienced tour guide and support staff
    • All applicable taxes


    • Travel arrangements between your home city and Dadar

    • Personal expenses such as extra meals, beverages, apparel etc.
    • Costs incurred due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, natural calamities etc.
    • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions

    What to Wear

    What to Wear

    • Comfortable shirts/t-shirts
    • Denim jeans or track pants
    • Extra set of dry clothes
    • Waterproof shoes or sandals
    • Not to wear - Expensive gadgets or jewellery

    What not to Wear

    • Loose clothing that will tangle around you while swimming
    • Restrictive clothing
    • Flip-flops

    Equipment / Gear

    We Provide

    • Transport between Mumbai to Velas in an AC bus

    You need to get

    • Daypack
    • Water bottle
    • Govt-issued ID card
    • Dry snacks for bus journey
    • Slippers/sandals
    • Insect repellent

    Medical Kit

    • Please carry specific personal or prescribed medication, personal first-aid kit for this trip