Velas is a great example of the community coming together to preserve wildlife. Olive Ridley turtles come to the beach to lay eggs, and during January to March, tourists visit the beach to watch hatched turtles making their way to the sea. The hatching is purely co-incidental and several people have returned without seeing a hatching. However, the community’s efforts have increased tourism in the area and is helping conserve wildlife.
We enjoyed that evening witnessing a baby turtle beginning its life, sky taking on the shades of orange, white buzzard flying high, sea kissing the shore’s feet, stars winking at us and we walked hand in hand with fireflies on the tiny dark road.Walking on the streets of the village in the night with the lovely bunch of people was fun but the most interesting part was to learn the technique of finding the spider in the night. We didn’t know which spider it was but when you put the light on it in a particular angle it shines. Thanks Prathmesh for sharing this information and other exciting stories of leopards with us.Morning was bit lazy and delicious as none of us could stop ourselves from asking more Pohas from Aunty. We bought Mangoes, Jackfruits and got Nutmegs, lapel pins as souvenir from Velas. As there were less number of tourist this time, ferry was waiting for us at the jetty rather than we waiting for our turn in ferry as usually is the case. We put our vehicle in that ferry and crossed the river to reach Harihareshwar.
I had set an alarm to wake up at 5 am, got up and set my way towards beach. Enjoying the silence and calms of water sounds. Slowly I saw people making their way towards nest. The volunteer decided to have a check. The first basket was empty a urge of disappointment could be sensed by everyone. A aunty next to me said Ganapati Bappa morya!! To bring back the excitement and the miracle happened. The second basket had 3 cute small turtles moving around. Wow simply awesome. Everyone was super excited and the happiness can't be explained in world( Wankhede pe Dhoni was winning six wali feeling thi)  Staying below the few feets of ground for 55 days , getting naturally incubated and then coming above the sand and to have the energy to live your life. Nature has its own rules!! A creature as small as a ₹10 dollar coin. Kids around were excited. Nature photographer were overwelmed with joy. Klick! Klick! I didn't carry any digi cam or DSLR as I wanted to capture them in memories, however couldn't stop a video of these lovely creature which would stay alive even when we won't be alive. (Turtles have more life than humans!! Don't take my comments seriously I am not that senti character) later the turtles are carried in basket and taken close to sea. Marking are made so their trails are visible​ on sand. How a natural instinct that a creature who came to life comes to know it has to go towards water!!! Slow and steady the babies made their way , crawling and reaching their destination. One of the turtle was washed back to shore by water, however it crawled back and made its way. A life lesson taught by this creature in just few minutes. Nature law, will power, dedication, faith in itself and more important to be ready to face the suitation. That why I gave it a name Rejoice life!!This made my day, I started my return journey the same day. A life experience which every solo traveller needs to be learned were been taught by this lovely , miniature in the frame of few minutes. You need to respect the laws of nature. Respect nature and it will reward you back. Good bye to these Turtles who would be a gaint tomorrow and may come back after years to lay down eggs, so I can show my kids and the cycle goes on!! Sorry no click of 🐢 to show as I had a view, I shall share the link soon. If you wish to plan your trip to here, hurry up the next batch of hatching is from 10 April 2017 till 20 April.If you miss it this year, you would have to wait till next year.