Turtle Festival is arranged by Forest Department, Village Panchayat and Kasav Mitramandal.

See festival information here: Velas (Homestay)

Or Call one of the members at: Kasav Mitra Mandal, Velas

A brief history of the work...

Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra (SNM) started Marine turtle conservation first time in Maharashtra. In the year 2002 SNM started actual protection work for Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) in Velas, a tiny village on northernmost boundary of district Ratnagiri. In the first year SNM undertook protection work in one village and successfully protected 50 nests. Within a short span of time SNM spread the protection work to entire coast of Maharashtra state, that's about 720 kms of coastline in all. In the fourth year of the project we arranged protection work in 15 villages, but found only 36 nests against 50 in one village. These figures themselves can prove that the marine turtle is crossing the upper limits of its presently endangered status very rapidly...

SNM is trying its level best to overcome this problem with its limited resources. So far SNM has protected more than 800 nests and successfully released more than 35,000 hatchlings.

Velas Turtle Festival

This year Turtle Festival is being hosted at Anjarle and Velas. Velas Turtle Festival dates are yet to be announced as it depends on the nesting.

Local people in both villages 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.

Velas Bus Timings


Starts from




Pune - Velas Pimpri 09.30 Velas 17.30
Velas - Pune Velas 06.45 Swargate (Pune) 13.30
Mumbai - Velas Mumbai 12.30 Velas 20.00
Velas - Mumbai Velas 06.30 Mumbai 12.30
Mumbai - Velas Mumbai 00.30 Velas 06.30
Velas - Mumbai Velas 09.00 Mumbai 15.00
Ratnagiri - Velas Ratnagiri 16.15 Velas 22.30
Velas - Ratnagiri Velas 05.00 Ratnagiri 11.00
Dapoli - Velas Dapoli 14.50 Velas 17.30
Velas - Dapoli Velas 07.30 Dapoli 10.30
Mandangad - Velas Mandangad 08.10 Velas 09.15
    10.10   11.30
    14.30   15.30
Velas - Mandangad Velas 09.30 Mandangad 10.30
    11.55   12.55
    16.15   17.15





Kasav Mitra Mandal, Velas

Kindly contact the following home stay providers for more details


Contact No. (Velas STD Code: 02350)

Mrs. Kavita Bagkar


Ms. Priyanka Bhole


Mr. Swapnil Dhareepkar


Mr. Prakash Joshi 


Mr. Santosh Joshi 


Mr. Abhijit Kulabkar


Mr. Sham Kulabkar


Mr. Siddhesh Kulabkar


Mr. Omkar Nijasure

220329 / 28 / 25

83083 60387 

Mr. Milind Nijsure


Mr. Sameer Padlekar


Mr. Mandar Palshetkar


Ms. Namrata Palshetkar



Mr. Nandkishor Patil


Mr. Surendra Patil



Mr. Subodh Saldurkar


Mr. Amol soman 


Mr. Ameya Srivardhankar


Mr. Mohan Upadhye 



Mr. Avinash Yadav


These members serve pure vegetarian food


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