Dear All,

The Turtle Festival 2012 commence from Sunday 19 Feb 2012.
So, We @ शिखर वेध has arranged a Tour to Velas Beach specially for the Turtle festival on 3 – 4th March 2012
Some information about the area: The places that will be visiting are: 1. Velas Beach – Turtle Festival visit 2. Bankot Fort 3. Harihareshwar Temple

Velas Beach : Velas is the birth place of Nana Phadnis, one of the great prominent personalities in Maratha history. Due to the sea-shore Velas is an existing place and it is situated near Bankot Bay. There is an old temple of Shri Bhairi- Rameshwar and in this temple all twelve months water is made available taking the benefit of favorable geographical conditions. A statue of Nana Phadnis is present outside his house. In Velas Mahalakshmi temple and Nana Phadnis house are the places to visit. Gokulashtami Festival is one of the important festival in Velas. Velas is also one of the popular breeding sites of Olive Ridley, which is an endangered species of turtle. The hatchlings are heading towards the sea from the shore now-a-days.

Bankot Fort:
Region: Mandangad District: Ratnagiri Height: Sea fort (Slightly above sea level) Difficulty: Simple
Bankot is a square shaped fort. On the sides of Bankot fort, there is a dry moat (Revni) dug out in the Jambhya stone. Jambhya stone is peculiar type of stone adorning a purple shade and peculiarly it is incapable of storing water as the water invariable percolates through it owing to its much porous nature. The main entrance (Mahadarwaja) of the fort is north-facing with a well sculpted arch and carvings. Watch guards dug out (Devdya) align on both sides of the Mahadarwaja with some pits being dug out in the right Devdi. On the left, there are steps leading towards Nagarkhana while there is an underground storey and a tunnel on the right. A Maruti idol in the centre stands deserted now. On the west, there is a small entrance (Darwaja) leading to a Bastion on the exterior of the fortifications. A deep well (now dry and filled) occupied the centre of this bastion earlier and the adjacent water tanks too are dry and obsolete now. One can leave the Buruj via a small exit that leads to the surrounding moat and a beautiful “Revni” lying nearby.

The itinerary for the tour will be as follows:
Friday 2nd March 2012

Rendezvous : @ Borivali National Park, Borivali (East) @ 22:30 Hrs sharp .
Saturday 3rd March 2012

05:30 Hrs: @ Velas
Refresh, Breakfast
Visit Velas Beach for Turtle festival
09:15 Hrs: @ Bankot fort

09:45 Hrs: Atop

Fort Exploration
Lunch at Velas (Veg. Only) Rest time
Evening Tea & Visit velas beach in the evening, Go for turtle watching.

Dinner ( Veg. Only) Stay @ villagers home in Velas (Dormitory Type only) — .

Sunday, 4th March 2012 .

07:00 Hrs: Visit Velas Beach for Turtle watching.

08:00 Hrs: Breakfast – Tea

09:30 Hrs: @ Harihareshwar by crossing Veshvi – Bagmandala creek by ferry Harihareshwar Temple visit
Visit 2 Harihareshwar Beach

13:00 Hrs: Lunch @ Harihareshwar ( Veg/Non-Veg to be borne by participant as per choice)

15:00 Hrs: Departure 2 Mumbai

Evening Tea on the way .

We will be in mumbai around 21:00 hrs ( thats – subjective)

The Estimated expenditure for Tour is about Rs.1500 / -
This includes Borivali 2 Borivali transportation fare for private vehicle (Non-A/c), Turtle festival charges, ferry charges, food expenses except Sunday Lunch, and accommodation charges.

Seats will be first come 1st basis … Deposit  Rs 1000/- advance on following A/c …



ICICI Bank A/c No.: - 026801521464

Vartak Nagar Branch, Thane (W)

Last date for registration: - Thursday 23rd Feb 2012, 5 pm


Note: -

1) Emergence of Hatchlings of turtles is a natural process. So cannot give guarantee of emerging possibility of turtles.

2) Tented accommodation possible with Rs 100/- extra per head though you have to bring your own mattress, sleeping bag etc. … PLs do let us know in advance about the same.

Things To Carry:-
A Torch with spare battery ( a must)

A Water Bottle (~2 Ltrs) (a must)

Sleeping Bag, Mat (a must)

Towel, a napkinExtra Pair of clothes (a must)
Camera, Cell Phone, Binoculars (Optional)
Pls avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc

2-3 papers, Bedding (can be used if Required)
Good trekking shoes,
Personal basic medical kit (Containing an antiseptic, few bandages, personal medications if any, Antibiotics for stomach infection)
A haversack to put all these things


For confirmation pls reply here or do contact on
Jagdish Patil (O): 09869369836

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