Shrivardhan district Raigad having highest number of white backed vulture nests very close to human settlement. Sahyadri has been monitoring this vulture colony with the help of locals. Sahyadri has also involved local hotel owners to inform tourists about the vulture colony as a new natural attraction. Sahyadri has also initiated butterfly garden with the help of locals as about 38 butterfly varieties have been recorded during a recent survey.
To create a sense of pride among locals Sahyadri has been hosting “Jatayu Festival” at Shrivardhan involving locals, schools, Municipality, Self Help Groups. Such event gives an opportunity to spread awareness about vultures, their food habits, habitat etc. Sahyadri has also involved Animal Husbandry Department to spread awareness about ban on veterinary usage of diclofenc.
If you wish to visit Shrivardhan for vulture monitoring please call us.
Veer is a small idyllic village which looks as if it's been painted from the utopian imagination of some skilled painter.
Right from the Veer waterfall, which is set with the lush green mountains as a backdrop, to the small gurgling streams in which you can spend many a peaceful hour with feet submerged in chilled fresh water, to the canopy of "Supari" (betlenut) orchards which hide the small abodes built within with occasional flashes of an azure sky, or endless hours of exploring it's diverse flaura and fauna; Veer is like the musical climax achieved at the end of a long crescendo.
Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra has always created alternated livelihood options for the locals through its various nature conservation programs. With an aim to involve more people in the nature conservation work and also give its direct benefits to locals Sahyadri has encouraged few families at Veer to participate in homestay.
You can explore nature under the watchful eye of seasoned naturalists. You can gasp in wonder as workmen jump from the top of one betlenut tree directly to the top of another in a feat of dexterity. You can climb up a coconut tree using a ladder and pick coconuts yourself (don't worry it's quite safe) and quite literally enjoy the fruits of your labour and also give an opportunity to local artists and artisans to display their skills and trades.
To experience true “Atithi Devo Bhav:”, to meet villagers to understand their life and create a friendly environment through such sharing do visit Veer. The homestay arrangement offers the food and accommodation through the houses of locals rather than providing separate rooms. Every house can accommodate about 8-10 people. Bonding of metro tourists with the village through such experiences and creating more options for locals to earn their livelihood is the aim of developing homestay at Veer.
Contact: Mr. Ajit Virkar 02355 202723, Mr. Virkar 02355 202764
Sahyadri had started ‘Home Stay’ to host metro tourists at Velas in 2006 as a part of ‘Turtle Festival’. The 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. Check Homestay case study.
More than 19 families have registered under home stay at Velas to host almost 3,000 tourists during Turtle Festival.
Sahyadri started ‘Home Stay’ to host metro tourists at Velas in 2006 as a part of ‘Turtle Festival’. The 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.
What type of food is available?
Simple, home-cooked Maharashtrian style vegetarian food (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and tea (thrice a day) is available at Velas
Non vegetarian food is available in some houses on prior request.
How to book accommodation?
Please call one of the members and inform them about your arrival at Velas. Give your details such as names, number of persons, gents or ladies, period of stay and time of your arrival. There is no need to pay in advance, you may pay at Velas.
Can we get separate rooms?
Velas is a small village and there are no hotels or resorts. But decent home-stay arrangements are provided. Mr. Milind Nijsure (02350-220629) has only one simple, separate room.
Mr. Omkar Nijasure has three special separate rooms with attached toilets and modern facilities. He also provides dormitory-style lodging.
In other houses accommodation is to be shared with other guests. Basic facilities like bathroom, toilet are provided.
How to reach Velas?
Below is the location map of Velas. (Map Not to Scale)