KOLHAPUR HIKERS Invites You For Velas Turtle Festival – 2015

        KOLHAPUR HIKERS  Invites You For Velas Turtle Festival – 2015
                                                 14th – 15th  March 2015

Information about the Tour

Type : Eco Tour
Region : Velas
District : Ratnagiri
Difficulty Level: Very Easy
Duration: 2 Days/ 1 Night
Max Participants : 30 only

The Places that we will Exploring are :
1 ) Velas Beach
2) Bankot Fort
3) Harihareshwar Temple & Beach
4) Suvarnadurg Fort (as per the time schedule if possible)

About Velas :
Velas is a small coastal village in Rathnagiri District of Maharashtra.
Velas is famous for its beaches and turtle festival.
Olive Ridleys are the smallest of the sea turtles and they got their name because of their olive coloured shells. Though these are the most abundant species of turtles in any ocean, they are yet classified as endangered species.
Velas is a birthplace of Nana Phadnis. He was sachiva- a secretary in Peshawai in Pune.

About Bankot Fort :
This was the first residency of the British Raj in Southern Konkan. Although a very beautiful fort dotting the coastline of the Konkan strip, the fort of Himmatgad, now popularly known as Bankot (from the name of nearby village) is not a destination thronged by the tourists. There are couple of reasons attributable to its secluded status. One is that there is very little awareness and historical significance associated with Bankot and other is absence of any major township in the nearby areas contributing to lack of quality accommodation facilities. However, there is no denying that Bankot is a very beautiful fort and surely worth a visit.

About Harihareshwar Temple & Beach :
One of the finest sea shores in India, Harihareshwar is a nice tourist destination located in the Konkan coast in Maharashtra. Harihareshwar is renowned for its tranquility and picturesque beach. Harihareshwar is also known as Dakshin Kashi by virtue of its importance in the spiritual arena of India, especially with an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Harihareshwar, as the name suggest is an abode of Lord Shiva.

About Suvarnadurg Fort :
Suvarnadurg fort is located on a rocky island in the Arabian Sea on the west coast. It is spread over an area of 8 acres (3.2 ha) and is about 1 mile (1.6 km) from the main land. The fort is on an island in the Arabian sea on the west coast within the jurisdiction of Ratnagiri district, off the Kanakadurga fort and below the headland Harnai port. The fort was captured by Chatrapati Shivaji in 1660 by defeating Ali Adil Shah II (1656–1672). Kanhoji Angre (1667–1729), popularly known as “Samudratla Shivaji” was the Admiral of the Maratha Navy; in 1696, Kanhoji’s naval fleet was stationed here. However, the fort was formally handed over Kanhoji Angre in 1713 by Shahu Raja.

The cost for the tour is INR 2800/- per person

Cost Includes:
* Transportation Kolhapur to Kolhapur by private bus.
* Accommodation in Typical Konkani house.
* Vegetarian Food ( 2 Breakfast, 2Lunch, 1 Dinner)
* Instructors/ Expert Charges
* ferryboat Charges
* All Taxes and Service Charges

Cost Does not Include:
* Food ordered other than included meals in the Cost
* Personal Expenses like Soft Drinks, Mineral water, etc.
* Dinner on last day of trek

Journey Details:
13 th Mar Friday  (Nighat mtravelling)
 Pick up Points 
09:00 pm – Gardan Hotel.
09:30 pm – Kavala, Naka .

Day 1, Saturday ,14th  Mar 2015
Morning Session :

04:00 am – Early morning reach Velas, Get Fresh.
07:00 am – Visit Velas Beach, Nesting site.
09:00 am – Refreshment / Breakfast
10:00 am – Harihareshwar Temple & Beach
01:00 pm – Lunch Typical Konkani Food (Veg Meal)
03:00 pm – Visit Bankot and Explore the Fort

Evening Session :

05:00 pm – Refreshment & Visit Velas beach, Nesting site.
06:30 Sunset at Velas Beach

Night Session :
08:30 pm – Dinner Typical Konkani Food (Veg Meal)
09:00 pm – Night walk on Sea Shore

Day 2 Sunday ,15th  Mar 2015


Morning Session :
05:00 am – Wake up
06:00 am – Visit Velas beach, Nesting site.
08:00 am – Refreshment / Breakfast
09:00 am – Leave for Suvarnadurg Fort
11:00 am – Reach Suvarnadurg Fort & explore fort
02:00 pm – Lunch on the way
03:00 pm – Start the return journey to Kolhapur
12:00 am – Reach Kolhapur (Depends on traffic conditions)


Emergence of Hatchlings of Turtles is a Natural Process. So cannot give
guarantee of emerging possibility of turtles on the mentioned dates.

Things  To Carry :

A Water Bottle (Minimum 2 Liters)
Ready to eat food (Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.)
Medicine those you require usually (Optional).
Keep an extra pair of cloths.
Torch with Extra Battery
Sun Cap, Sun Glasses.
A Day Pack (Small Sack) to carry thing on the trek.
A haversack to put all these things.

Limited Seats are available, kindly confirm your seat by paying your trek fees as early as possible. Last date for registration is 12thMarch 2015

Kindly note :
Please avoid wearing gold ornaments and do not carry any valuable things.
Consuming Alcohol, Tobacco and Smoking is strictly PROHIBITED

Kolhapur Hikers will not be responsible for any type of injuries during tour

For More Info & Registration Contact
Sagar 9579997111
Pallavi 8484013265
Shashank 9881618100


  Team Kolhapur Hikers

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