Velas Turtle Festival

Velas Turtle Festival : Festival dates are yet to be announced as it depends on the nesting.

Local people make turtle festival arrangements.

Please call at respective villages directly.

For more details about Velas please call Any Homestay owner

OR Mr. Mohan Upadhye 02350 220304/8983767388/ 8975622778. Time: 8:30-9:30 AM OR 7:30 - 9:30 PM

Please note that the above numbers are very difficult to connect.

Sahyadri empowered villagers by starting Velas Homestay to host the tourists visiting during Turtle Festival.

Total of 19 families have registered under home stay at Velas hosted almost 3,000 tourists in Turtle Festival 2012-13.

Sahyadri started ‘Home Stay’ to host metro tourists at Velas in 2006 as a part of ‘Turtle Festival’. Turtle festival is an opportunity for metro-tourists to bid best wishes to the newly born sea turtle hatchlings while crawling towards their home. To ensure longevity of the project, Sahyadri also helped locals to form ‘Kaasav Mitra Mandal’ (Turtle Friends). Over the last 6 years, ‘Home Stay’ has received excellent support and guidance by locals, Gram Panchayat and the Forest Department.

Comfortable lodging and boarding accommodations are available with the Kasav Mitra Mandal, Velas with the affordable charges. This accommodation consists of a simple, homely dormitory style (no separate rooms), Carpets (sataranjis) will be provided in the event at shortage of mattresses.

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