A Visual Trip to Velas Beach!
Velas is a small fishing village in Ratnagiri district on the western coast of Maharashtra. With one of the most pristine beaches, it has a number of outdoor recreational activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, water surfing and skiing. The tourists can also enjoy parasailing, swimming and sunbathe at this beach.
This is considered as a small paradise nature lovers will love it, you can see natural greenery along the shore.
Velas also is known to be a place for one of the popular breeding season of the endangered Olive Ridley turtles. Every year at Velas “Turtle Festival” as a celebration of hatchlings release and the festival is organised by Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra (SNM) and the Kasav Mitra Mandal (KMM) with the help of the locals, during the month of February and March, you can witness the first steps of newly hatched Olive Ridley Turtles.
The newborn turtle hatchlings are released into the sea, during this festival. Being a part of the Turtle Conservation program, during the nesting period the villagers maintain 24×7 vigilance. To keep the eggs safe they build a hatchery. Once the female turtle lays eggs, they are incubated for 45-60 days. After the eggs hatch, the little turtles are sent into the sea.