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Turtle Festival, Beach and village experience

  • Apr 4, 2014 · 7:00 PM

"The meetup is open for all age groups. 

After making the payment , you will be moved to Attending"


About Olive Ridely The Olive Ridely turtle (a marine turtle) - an endangered species- lays eggs at multiple places along the Maharashtra coastline. Incidently Velas in Ratnagiri district is the place where most of the action is concentrated. For years, the eggs were being stolen, sold and eaten. That along with rampant degradation of natural habitat, pollution and fishing/hunting has driven the Olive Ridelys to near extinction.

 Turtle Festival The Turtle festival is organized every year  when the turtle eggs hatch. The festival gives opportunity to people to learn about the cause (Ridley’s become extinct because of poaching, destruction of their natural breeding ground) and directly/indirectly spread the awareness. It also offers an unique experience of witnessing the hatching of the turtle eggs and the march of the turtle babies to the sea.

Pic courtesy - team-bhp

Pic courtesy - nat geo

Accomodation:
Home stay’s are provided by the locals with support from gram panchayat. This accommodation consists of a simple, homely dormitory style (no separate rooms), Carpets (sataranjis) will be provided in the event at shortage of mattresses.

What type of food is available?
Simple, home-cooked Maharashtrian style vegetarian food (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and tea (thrice a day) is available at Velas

The schedule

Day 1) – April 4th (Friday) – 18:00 hrs - Start from Hyderabad to Pune by Super Luxury or Volvo Bus


Day 2) – April 5th (Sat) – 09:05 - Reach pune 10:00 - start to Velas in private bus
16:00 - reach velas
17:00 – Explore the areas around Velas. Visit the strategically built Himmatgad Fort which overlooks the sea and the Bankot creek.
Beach side night stay (if possible), we will be carrying tents

Day 3) – April 6th (Sun)
6:00 am - head to the beach to see the hatching and release of the turtles.       8:30 am – Breakfast

10:30 am - Head to Harihareshwar Beach via the Bankot-Bagmandla Ferry boat.

1 pm – Lunch
3 pm – Leisure time
6:00 pm - Velas Beach for the release of turtles

Day 4) – April 7th (Mon)
6:00 am - Turtle release on Velas Beach

8:30 am - Breakfast
11:00 am – start from velas
18:00 pm – reach pune
19:00 – Konark express to hyderabad

Day 5) – April 8th (Tuesday) Back in Hyderabad and disperse.

Cost Break up 

Hyd to Pune to Hyd - 800*2 = 1600 

Pune to Velas and back ( private bus ) – Rs - 950 appx

Accomodation and Food for 2 days - 500*2 = 1000 

Organizer charges - 250 

Ghac Donations - 570 & Misc - 30 

Total = 4400/-

We will share the actuals if more or less

Payment details:  

Account Holder Name: GHAC Travel and Leisure

Account No:[masked] 

Please Note:- This Account is meant for GHAC-Travel and Leisure ONLY. Please do not transfer to any other accounts

Account Type: Savings

Bank: Axis Bank Limited

Branch: Road No 2, Banjara Hills.

IFSC Code: UTIB[masked]

You can also pay through credit card:
http://www.eventdunia.com/index.php/ghac?event_id=165514602

Transaction/Payment Remark: [masked]_ your name

Ex- [masked]_Rakesh

No Cash deposits into the bank please.

Once payment is done comment your transaction ID or number below  for confirmation.

**GHAC Refund Rules Apply 

Note: It is our responsibility in protecting our beloved earth. GHAC earnestly requests all its members to be socially responsible whilst the trips and avoid any littering, shouting when in wild or causing anything that would disturb the normal ecology. Try to avoid plastics as much as possible, especially plastic smiles. 

Important Instructions: 

1) No smoking and no alcohol 

2) No littering, no pollution of water 

3) This is a budget trip but we will try to make it as comfortable as possible. 

4) Accommodation in dormitory. 

5) Food will be vegetarian 

6) We carry Basic First Aid and if you need anything you can ask the organizers 

7) If you feel unwell bring to the notice of the organizers immediately. 

8) If you can't swim don't go deep into the water 

9) You cannot go off trail or move about alone without informing the organizers 

10) Do not take unnecessary risks and always follow the organizers' directions 

11) Reach the location  on time 

12) No antisocial, deviant or unacceptable social behavior 

Anybody not following this guidelines and rules will be asked to leave immediately and removed from the group.

Contact -
Rakesh aavula -[masked] - [masked]

Vishwam           -[masked] 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    hey, any word on the refund status? it's been a little over a month...so, thought i'd check.

    May 22, 2014

    • Rakesh A.

      Hi Farhana, received funds on this Monday... was busy last 2 days in a cousins marriage.... I will do it by EOD

      May 22, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      great, thank you rakesh!

      May 22, 2014

  • Rakesh A.

    April 21, 2014

  • Kris

    Thanks Rakesh, Vishwam, GHAC and all others to make it such a memorable trip. Although it was my first trip, hand some wonderful moments. I look forward to joining more trips. Cheers !!

    April 12, 2014

    • Rakesh A.

      Thanks Kris !!! Nice clicks

      1 · April 13, 2014

  • Kris

    I have registered from other community so took some time to figure this out. I have uploaded the group pics in this event. Check out my blog posts at http://kristravelogue.blogspot.com for more pics and my perspective of the trip.

    1 · April 12, 2014

  • Reuben Ashish D.

    Is it possible to still join this event?

    March 31, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      it was done through icici funds transfer. am guessing[masked] is the transaction id.

      April 11, 2014

    • sonali p.

      @farhana - confirm received amount of 4400 vide trx ref
      NEFT/[masked]/FARHANA SULTANA

      April 12, 2014

  • Manish A.

    Hello, I haven't made the payment but as I spoke to Vishwam.. I will be joining for sure and I arrange to make the payment asap. Thank you very much !! Cheers!

    March 31, 2014

    • vishwam

      further to our conversation , i have booked your tickets. Get in touch with me

      April 1, 2014

    • Rakesh A.

      Sorry i lost your number .. Please reach me once at[masked]

      April 9, 2014

  • Rakesh A.

    Nostalgia !!! backdated by 10+yrs where i spent my summer holidays in a similar kind of village !! This time it was special with like minded passionate travellers !! best moments of life time !!

    1 · April 8, 2014

  • Swaroop S.

    A thrilling, refreshing and memorable weekend and that too in affordable cost, Witnessing the turtle hatchling's coming out of the nest and then finding its way to the sea with juvenile footprints was an awe inspiring moment. Thanks to the admirable organisers.

    1 · April 8, 2014

  • Rakesh A.

    Please share your feedback and rating !!!

    April 8, 2014

  • vishwam

    Plz upload the pics ...

    April 8, 2014

  • vishwam

    Thanks a lot everyone... it was awesome weekend and i had loads of fun .. with kabbadi games, sandman, the turtles, bangalore-hyd conversations, mafia.. and many more games. Thank you for all the support.
    Sujit craving for adv (keeping me on toes), sanjana the turtle and guess the picture game with aanaga .. were spl It was great to have conversations with all of you... and my apologies if anything said that might have hurt you. Hope to meet you all of you again..... for yeh dil mange more fun :)

    3 · April 8, 2014

  • Rakesh A.

    Hi First i would like to thank you all for joining this meetup.

    Please carry a valid ID Card (Original).

    1) Hyd to Pune will be AC Garuda Bus at 7:30 Pm from MGBS

    Here are the three bus stops - a) MGBS - 7:30

    b) Kukatpally ( Near BJP office ) - 8:20

    c) Lingampally - 9:00 Please inform the location where you like to board if have not yet done

    Ticket to download - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0nu2jGbNwiCY1ZLQlNxRmhuaWM/edit?usp=sharing

    2) Pune to Velas and Back will be private Non - AC bus

    3) Stay in Velas would be simple accommodation sharing type. Velas is a remote village without any Luxury hotels/resorts.

    4) Food served will be only Vegeterian

    5) Weather may be Hot / Humid , Please be prepared for it

    Please reach me at[masked] or[masked] if have any questions

    April 4, 2014

  • Swaroop S.

    Is it recommended to carry sleeping bag incase we are camping on the beach.

    April 3, 2014

    • Rakesh A.

      Just carry, I am trying for permission but they are denying for camping.... let's see how it goez

      April 3, 2014

    • Rakesh A.

      Please sms your contact number. my no is[masked]

      April 4, 2014

  • Rakesh A.

    Hi Please find the information regarding Hyd to Pune Bus

    Service - 1095
    Service Name - MGBS-PUNE-PIMPRI
    Depot - HYDERABAD-MGBS

    Our Seats
    Seats 5,6,7,8,11,12,19,20,21,22,23,24,25­­,26,27,28

    Please comment , where do you like to board the bus ? 1) HYDERABAD MGBS - 19:30 2) LINGAMPALLY - 20:50

    I will forward you the soft copies of e-tickets in email

    April 2, 2014

    • Reuben Ashish D.

      Kukatpally

      April 3, 2014

    • maneesh k p

      Kukatpally

      April 3, 2014

  • Gowthami K.

    Hi Team,
    I have made payment and the details are
    gh[masked]_Gowthami Kobaku
    thx

    March 30, 2014

  • maneesh k p

    Dear Team,
    My payment is made for Rs.3800/- vide UTR no:[masked] and description[masked]_Maneesh.
    Pls book my tickets :)

    March 30, 2014

    • sonali p.

      @maneesh kp - confirm received an amount of 3800 vide trx ref NEFT/[masked]/MANEESH KARUNAKARAN PATTA

      April 1, 2014

  • meghalika

    Dear meghalika panduru,Event:[masked] Organizer:GHAC Date :[masked]:35:15 Status:Success Amount:[masked] trx no: gh[masked] Powered by www.eventdunia.com

    March 24, 2014

    • Siri A.

      Meghalika, received Rs.4400/-

      March 24, 2014

  • Rajneesh

    Can I still join. .. I will travel directly to and from Pune

    March 23, 2014

    • Rakesh A.

      Yes, plan to reach pune by april 5th - 7 am. please call me once

      March 24, 2014

  • Ramesh C.

    Cost breakup is given nicely

    1 · March 21, 2014

    • Rakesh A.

      Thank you Mr. Ramesh, That's the transparency we maintain. Anything less will be refunded.

      2 · March 23, 2014

  • Rakesh A.

    @Sonali
    Please comment the transaction ID for Meghalika FYI - eMail from you before tracing her

    "Good morning Rakesh,
    We have received payment of 4400 from meghalika panduru , paid through event dunia. cannot locate the details either in travel or nature."

    March 22, 2014

  • Rakesh A.

    Hi Due to Early summer , the best time to watch the hatching is April 4th - April 8th. Please update your RSVP's accordingly. Those who are interested please go ahead with the payments. Train tickets are available for the new dates and Budget will be reduced by Rs 500/-, if you make the payment ASAP

    March 11, 2014

    • Rakesh A.

      As per the discussion , refund will be done post meetup, i have removed +1 from your RSVP

      March 17, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      yes, post-meetup it will be. thank you for updating my rsvp.

      March 22, 2014

  • Rakesh A.

    Slots are Available !! please Make the payments if you are interested !!

    March 19, 2014

  • Rakesh A.

    Hi , Those who have not provided contact details are moved to "Not Attending", if you are interested , please update your RSVP with Ph no, email id , age and make the payment ASAP

    March 17, 2014

  • Swaroop S.

    Hi Transferred 4400, Transaction Id:[masked]_Swaroop Sharma

    March 13, 2014

  • Rakesh A.

    Please make the payment for 4400/- , if there any fare difference i will return you after the event !!

    March 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    transferred 8800/- for two people - abhishek and me. transaction reference number:[masked]

    meanwhile, i'm still waiting for my guest to confirm if he will join us.

    February 24, 2014

    • Rajneesh

      I have rsvp'd .....

      March 10, 2014

    • sonali p.

      @farhana - confirm received 1000 vide trx NEFT/[masked]/FARHANA SULTANA

      March 11, 2014

  • Rubin s.

    hi Rakesh, Vishwam, are slots still open? If yes, I'll make the payment via eventsdunia today.

    March 4, 2014

  • Rakesh A.

    Guys please go ahead with payments !!! Tickets may be an issue in last minute for the festival weekend. if you are not able to attend please move yourself to Not attending - Thanks

    March 3, 2014

  • Rakesh A.

    Please go ahead with payments !! Need to make the ticket bookings

    February 27, 2014

  • Sangeetha

    Hi Rakesh

    I've transferred 13000/- for 4 people: Sandhya, Sangeetha +2
    Txn Ref NO: N[masked]

    February 20, 2014

    • vishwam

      sure, will do it this week

      February 25, 2014

    • Sangeetha

      Great. thanks a lot!

      February 25, 2014

  • vishwam

    Kindly make the payments... as it is festival weekend, tickets will be an issue

    February 24, 2014

  • Rakesh A.

    Hey Friends

    Need to hurry with train booking

    Current availability for 17th April is only 10. Please rush your payments for proceeding ahead

    February 17, 2014

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