We woke up early as we had to be at the beach before 7am. The local youth and members of the Sahyadri Nisarg Mitra foundation would release the young turtles into the sea from their protected nests. I volunteered and helped them set up the barricades to ensure safe journey of the baby turtles to their home in the sea. There were five hatchlings that day. It was such a heart warming sight to see the little ones going out into the sea. We had to view them from a distance as you can see in the pictures. No one is allowed to use camera flash or come in contact with the little turtles and no one can enter the sea till they have safely reached into their home.
A lot of care taken by the volunteers and team of conservationists.
The Turtle festival is an annual festival held at some of the beaches like Anjarle and Velas during the months of March and April.
After the turtle sightings we drove to Harnai to take the boat to Suvarnadurg fort. We spotted a dolphin while at the sea before reaching the fort. The boat stops at small beach near the entrance of the fort.
A flight of steps takes one to the hidden main gate towards the east. It has on its threshold a carved figure of a tortoise and on the side wall, that of Maruti (Hanuman).
Inside the fort there were several buildings, water tanks and a place for ordinance.
The fort was probably built by the Bijapur kings in the 17th century. Captured and strengthened by Shivaji, it became a stronghold of Maratha navy and remained with the Peshwas till 1818 AD. It was one of the main naval bases of the Angres.
The boat leaves in half an hour and we make the most of the time available to us. A walk around the fort allows us to admire the surrounding views and be amazed by this massive structure built in the middle of the sea. It is said there is beauty in ruins to those who see.
I loved this little adventure and wished something more was known about the history of this fort.
Trip back home was a long drive this time through a different route and newer landscapes.
The coastal part of Maharashtra will always remain special to me. The Sahyadris, the Arabian Sea and everything in between these two that sums up to what is called Kokan.
There is so much more to explore i wish i can go back soon.