PLACES TO VISIT AROUND VELAS
While the coastal village of Velas is well known for its annual turtle festival maharashtra, there are several other places tourists can feast their eyes on:
1. Harihareshwar beach : This is the prime Velas beach and arguably one of the most naturally preserved ones which one would come across in vicinity. The fact that Olive Ridley turtles choose these beaches for laying their eggs in huge numbers vouches for its pristine form.
2. Bankot Fort : During Homestay accommodation at velas, one can also go around the much visited Bankot fort which is in the vicinity of these beaches. Made part of Bombay Presidency in 1756 and was the foothold of British Raj in Southern Konkan. The origin of this fort is enigmatic even for the historians which further increases its appeal for tourists.
3. Harihareshwar Temple : After having witnessed the breathtaking event of velas turtle festival 2015, one can make their trip a little religion-oriented by going around two famous temples at Harihareshwar, Kalbhairav temple and the main Harihareshwar temple housing a Shiva Linga.
4. Dapoli : With forts, caves, hot water springs, Dapoli is another exciting tourist stop to be kept in mind for exploring while making Velas festival online booking.