Turtle Festival - Velas

Velas is famous for the Olive Ridley Turtle, which is an endangered species of sea turtles. Velas is a small village about 5 kms from Harihareshwar across the Bagmandala creek. Every year the Olive Ridley turtle population visits Velas to lay its eggs.

Ten years ago, before the conservation effort started, most of the Olive Ridley turtle eggs were either consumed by humans, dogs and other wild animals. An NGO named Sahyadri Nisarg Mitra and the Kasav Mitra Mandal (KMM), committee has taken the initiative to conserve olive ridley turtles by providing protection to their eggs during the period of February to March. The NGO also organises the festival which offer the experiance of witnessing the first steps of the baby Olive ridleys

Turtle Festival - Velas

Turtle Festival - Velas

The eggs are collected and incubated in a hatchery constructed on the beach by the locals. Each clutch is marked by its date and left to incubate naturally. Its nice to experiance to see a baby turtle coming out of the egg and then finding its way to the sea by taking those little baby steps. Visit Velas Turtle Festival to witness this unforgettable moment if you are visiting Harihareshwar during the festival time.