Velas is a small village in Ratnagiri district. Recently, I had visited Velas for Turtle Festival with Mumbai Travellers. It was a perfect weekend getaway with 50 strangers. I had also enjoyed the typical Konkani food, especially Solkadi and Taadi.
Turtle Festival– the main attraction of Velas, organized by an NGO named Sahydri Nisarga Mitra. It is an initiative taken by the NGO and whole Velas villagers to preserve the turtles and provide the protection to their eggs. Villagers also provide the home stays and food to the tourists. From last few years, it has gained quite attention among the tourists and nature lovers.
The festival was mainly focused on the turtles. We came to know a lot much about the turtles and the different phases of their life cycle. At the end of the day, NGO Team had shown us the documentaries of turtles, vultures and explained us their importance in ecosystem.
Velas beach is known as Virgin\Silent beach, since it has a very less human activities.
It is a perfect location for photography. My some photography attempts!
Later we visited Harihareshwar, one of the famous places from Konkan. Harihareshwar beach & temple are also major attractions.The pradakshina around the temple along with beautiful seashore was the one of the best experiences.