Olive Ridley Turtles were pronounced endangered a long time back and an NGO, Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra, joined hands with Marine Conservation Society in 1992 and dedicated themselves to work towards their conservation. During February and March, many Olive Ridley turtles come to the western coasts of Maharashtra and lay their eggs. Around 40% of them proceed to the beach of Velas. These eggs are then guarded by a group of volunteers against predators and poachers. Previously they were either sold in the markets or were destroyed by dogs, but now these conversation efforts helped the rise of the Ridley family. And in this regard, the Velas Turtle festival is celebrated with great vigour!Location Of Velas Turtle Festival
Velas is in Mandangad Taluka in Ratnagiri which is around 230 km away from Mumbai and 200 km drive from Pune. Velas is a coastal town that is famous for beaches, Harihareshwar temple, Bankot fort, and the most promising Turtle Festival. It’s about witnessing the birth of young turtles that hatch from their eggs and slowly crawl into the ocean to start the journey of their life. This festival is also called Olive Ridley Turtle Festival is organized by local villagers. They do so in coordination with an NGO called Sahyadri Nisarg Mitra.
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