Velas is a small eco-village in Ratnagiri in Maharashtra, which is famous for Olive Ridley Turtles that visit the beach there every year to lay eggs. And once they’re ready to hatch, you can bear witness to a truly heart-warming sight, as thousands of newly hatched Olive Ridley Turtles take their first step towards the big blue sea. You can be a spectator of this marvelous scene by going to the Velas Turtle Festival that is held for a month; this time in February.
Velas Turtle Festival is rather a unique experience because travellers and photographers enjoy their time watching baby turtles take first steps of their life towards the sea. The Velas beach and Velas village offer a great ecotourism experience for all the travellers; it’s simply amazing to be a part of a rustic and cozy village life. However, it’s recommended that you consult with the tour operators in Velas before going there, just to make sure your dates coincide with the dates of the eggs hatching.
Every single baby turtle that is hatched on a particular day, is released back into sea on that day itself. The time for releasing the turtles in the ocean is usually fixed; from 7.00 am to 7.30 am in the morning and 6.00 pm to 6.30 pm in the evening.
Velas beach is known to be one of the most dangerous beaches in the Konkan; so remember to not go for a swim. You can otherwise laze on the beach, and have a fun time with your co-travellers. Make sure you does not enter the beach for swimming and also keep an eye on your friends or co-travellers. Velas isn’t the best place to find luxury; however, there’s going to be no dearth of homestay accommodation, delicious homely food, a pleasant atmosphere that’ll deeply rejuvenate you, lots of local fruits and of course a lifetime of memories watching baby turtles start a new chapter in their lives.