Velas beach, Ratnagiri, is an eco-friendly as well as eco-conscious village famed for its efforts in conservation of endangered Olive Ridley turtles. The Velas Turtle Festival is an annual ecotourism festival that aims at turtle conservation in India as well as improving the concept of responsible travel in India.
Velas Turtle Festival is a rising and growing ecotourism festival which aims at conservation of endangered Olive Ridley turtles at Velas beach in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra. This mission is spearheaded by Sahyadri Nisargmitra, an NGO that is doing a lot of positive work to improve responsible and sustainable travel in India espcially around The Western Ghats. They have educated the villagers on ways to conserve these Olive Ridleys and now they ensure that the eggs are protected from potential threats.
Responsible tourism is a key factor that will help saving biodiversity in India. These turtles play an important role in preserving the marine life. They are also a crucial part of underwater food chain. That’s why protection of olive ridley turtles in India is so important.