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.