Velas is a brilliant off-beat destination which definitely is unexplored and one of the Jewels of Maharashtra. Just over a 6 hour drive from Mumbai (if you're driving/riding) or an 8-10 hour journey by State Transport Bus. (Direct buses from Mumbai Central Bus Depot.) Though I would definitely recommend going by your own Transport. The roads leading here were pretty rough and a Bus ride is definitely going to stir up your intestines! ;) We went Riding!!!
This is the place you need to head to if you're looking for an Off-beat, Disconnected (The Vodafone Pug doesn't and can't follow you here.), serene and close to nature destination which is SUPER EASY on the pocket.
Velas is a Small Hamlet in the Ratnagiri District known popularly for its Olive Ridley Turtle Festival. Turtles swim across oceans to lay their eggs on the beaches of Velas. One of the very few in India. During the Turtle Festival which happens between the months February - April, you can actually see these turtle hatch out of their eggs and walk into the ocean. Its a Beautiful Calming experience.
Apart from The Turtle Festival, this place has a beautiful CLEAN untouched beach where you can enjoy your day.
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