About Velas:

Velas beach, a village in Ratnagiri district is around 200 km from pune famous as an Olive Ridley turtle hatching site in west coast of India.

At Velas, turtle conservation movement is undertaken by the villagers. An NGO named Sahyadri Nisargmitra and the villagers committee has taken the initiative to conserve olive ridley turtles by providing protection to their eggs. Turtle lay down eggs in the month of November-December and little soul comes out in the month of feb-march each year.

Velas Turtle Festival is not just about little turtles hatching season and the beautiful beaches, there something more to it. Olive Ridley Turtles are one of the more endangered species of turtle. To protect and conserve these turtles, the Marine Conservation Society hosts this turtle festival at Velas every year to spread awareness and promote eco-tourism.

Places to visit on fort:

1) Velas Beach
2) Bankot Fort
3) Harihareshwar Temple


Velas beach, a village in Ratnagiri district (Around 200 km from Pune)