Turtle Festival

Velas – Where the Life Begins !! Get Ready to Witness the Wonderful Life Of Turtles now..

About Velas Turtle Festival :
Velas is a small eco-village in Ratnagiri district which is famous for the Olive Ridley turtle population that visits the Velas beach every year and lays their eggs. At Velas, turtle conservation movement is undertaken by the villagers. An NGO named Sahyadri Nisargmitra then Regional Forest Officers (RFO) started the conservation and now the Velas Grampanchayat and villagers committee has taken the initiative to conserve Olive Ridley Turtles by providing protection to their eggs. Each year, the tiny village of Velas, in Maharashtra, bears witness to a truly heart-warming sight as thousands of newly hatched Olive Ridley turtles take their first steps towards the big blue sea. The start of life afresh! Third Eye Explorers welcomes all the nature lover for this year’s turtle festival, as we take you on a truly unforgettable journey to witness these exquisite creatures take tiny footsteps in the vast, white sands of the Konkan.

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Ecotourism in Velas :
Velas is not only home to turtles but also to a myriad of bird species including the White Bellied Sea Eagle, White Backed Vulture, and Indian Swiftlet. Accommodation in local home-stays will add a truly warm touch to the experience. When you are done with turtle sightings, there is so much more in store including village walk, trip to the historic Bankot Fort and Harihareshwar Temple and some truly authentic Konkani cuisine to satiate your taste buds.

Category: Eco Tours
Dates: 20-21st March (Customized Group Tour available)
Duration: 2 Nights/ 2 Days

Itenary:

Day 00 – Friday :
Late night departure from Mumbai by 10:30 pm to Velas by AC luxury bus.

Day 01 – Saturday
We will reach Velas eco-village by 06:00 am after a bumpy ride. Visit Velas beach to witness those tiny turtle taking their first step. Post sightings, briefing session about Olive Ridley Turtle and fight for their existence. Move towards our Konkani house accommodation. Freshen Up and unload your bag-packs. Have homely breakfast and introduction session. Proceed to visit Bankot Fort which is well known for its history and breathtaking view of Velas beach and Harihareshwar Temple. Back to our dwelling homestay for Konkani lunch. Post lunch, rest till evening. Visit Velas beach by evening looking for more sightings of olive ridley turtle hatching. Late evening will be dedicated to a documentary based on Journey of turtles. Enjoy the group games, stories and experiences to be shared till dinner. Dinner and rest.

Day 02 – Sunday
Early morning wake up with a hope of sighting those baby turtles again. Post sighting session we will have breakfast and leave for Harihareshwar. Experience one of the interesting part of trip where our bus will be transferred from one district to another in a jetty via sea route. Explore Harihareshwar Temple and beach. Have lunch and leave for Mumbai. Reach Mumbai by 9-10 pm around.

Charges: Rs. 2900/-pp

Inclusions :
1. Accommodation in a typical Konkani house on homestay sharing basis. (Velas is an eco-tourism village and separate rooms / hotel accommodation is not available)
2. Transportation from Mumbai to Mumbai by AC luxury Bus.
3. Konkani veg Meals on tour. (Breakfast, Dinner & Lunch)
4. Sightseeing and entry tickets, wherever necessary
5. Ferryboat Charges & entry tickets
6. Third Eye Explorers’ Expertise

Exclusions :
Anythings other than above mentioned inclusions.

Instructions

1. The tour dates have been planned after precise calculation of probable hatching dates and as per the information provided by volunteers and researchers at Velas however turtle sightings is a natural phenomena and is matter of luck.
2. Considering safety and security measure, it is strictly not permitted to swim at Velas beach.
3. Moreover, we expect our travellers to take this a complete ecotourism experience, enjoy & explore every bit of the tour and think beyond “just sightings”. There is a lot to enjoy in this short tour so Let’s be travellers, not Tourists 🙂
4. As it is totally eco-destination, we provide accommodation in Konkani houses on homestay sharing basis. Food is hygienic and prepared in authentic spices by Konkani Brahmin hosts at Velas village, Ratnagiri.

Things To Carry:

1. Extra pair of clothes
2. Dry Food / Snacks and Water Bottle
3. Sanitary kit
4. Cap, Glares, Sunscreen, moisturizer etc.
5.Torch with extra battery
6. Sturdy shoes Or Kitos
7. Rugsack to carry things
8. Music, Power-Bank, Camera, Binoculars – Optional
9. Electoral Powder / Glucon D / Tang / Energy Bar etc.
10. ID Proof (Pan card/Aadhar/ Driving License)

Bookings: 9819155259

A Night with the Stars (Astro Camping)

Unique Treat for Children in Experiential Learning

Welcome to the wonders of Universe

Nothing better than a dark night, cool Camping & hills surrounding making the perfect destination for Star Gazing & Astro Photography. From the Experts watch live & learn about the Constellations, their identification with the help of Star Map & Telescopes. This Real-time watching of Planets is a wonderful experience than the animated videos of the Planetarium. Learn Night Sky Photography Techniques. Delicious food & accommodation under starry night.. The Perfect Weekend Getaway, so bring your family, children & friends along and acquire skills that will enable you to enjoy stargazing for the rest of your life.  

Dates: 4th May 2019 (Saturday Night, Sunset to Sunrise)

Location: Safale, Tandulwadi Village (18°35’13.0″N 73°18’26.4″E)

All Amateur & Novice Users can join and take opportunity to know the Night Sky and observe some of the deep sky objects like Planets, Nebulae’s, Galaxies, Globular Cluster, Open Clusters, Double Stars and of course our Milky Way Galaxy etc. NO PRIOR KNOWLEDGE of astronomy is necessary for this.

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Night Sky Gazing Schedule:

Participants are requested to reach the campsite by 6 pm. Sunset – 6:30pm
6:00 – 6:30 pm – Event Registration, Selfie Photos, Group Photo Session & Snacks
7:00 – 7:30 pm – Session 1 – Introduction & West Sky Objects, Satellite Tracking, Moon Observation
7:30 – 8:00 pm – Night Sky Orientation – Finding the North Star and Ursa Major
8:00 – 9:00 pm – Session 2 – Astronomy Awareness Video Program
9:00 – 10:00 pm – Dinner Time (On-Site Delicious Veg Dinner & BBQ)
10:30 – 11:30pm – Session 3 – Telescope Orientation & Night Sky Observation, Constellations, Globular Clusters, Twin Stars and Galaxies
11:30pm – 12:30am – General Observation and Astrophotography
1:00 – 03:30 am – Power Nap – Charge Yourself and Camera/Tablet/Mobile Batteries
3:30 – 4:00 am – Tea Break
4:00 – 5:30 am – Session 4 – Early Morning Sky
5:30 – 6:30 am – Session 5 – ISS, Satellite, Iridium Flares Tracking & Crescent Moon
7:00 – 7:30 am – Breakfast / Tea and Group Photo
8:00 am – Event Closure

Participants can depart from the camp-site, or hang around with experts for informal discussion. Participants are free to observe all night or retire for a short sleep and join again for observations. We greatly encourage informal interactions/ discussion with us at any time during the night. WE WILL BE AWAKE ALL NIGHT TO FACILITATE THOSE WHO WISH TO STAY AWAKE AND OBSERVE THE NIGHT SKY WITH US.

Equipments Used:

  1. 10 Inch Dobsonian Reflectors (2 Qty) – Antares GSO & SKY Watcher
  2. Binoculars 10 x 50 (2 Qty)
  3. Celestron Automated Mount (100mm Refractor)
  4. Celestron Automated Mount for Astrophotography
  5. EQ1 Manual – 75mm & 80mm Scope

March Astro-camping batch

Event Charges: Adult Rs. 1849/- and Child (above 5 Yrs to 14 Yrs) Rs. 1349/-

Includes

  • Real-time Night Sky Gazing Event and On-Site Charges
  • Evening Snacks, Delicious Veg Dinner & Morning Breakfast
  • Stay in Tent with soft bedding & pullover
  • Tea & Drinking Water available
  • Guitarist (if available)

Limited Seats only. Registrations will be closed 3 days prior. Hurry!

Please call post RSVP on +91 9819155259 for further details & booking. (Only RSVPs will not be counted)

Notes:

  • Smoking and Drinking Alcohol is strictly prohibited at this campsite. As this is a spl. Educative Camping, Drunken participants will be asked to leave the Site immediately. The Organizers reserve the right to expel offending participants from the camp-site.
  • Observation depends on subject to availability of object & weather condition.
  • No refund on cancellation from the participant.

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Exploring the Wild in City

SGNP forest stream

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir

Mumbai is a city of contrasts. One such element is the presence of a National Park with pristine wilderness in the midst of what is India’s busiest metropolis. Which other metropolis in the world can boast of such a privilege? Aren’t we blessed enough?

The first 2 weeks of the monsoons is the most characteristic period when the forest undergoes a sudden and very pleasant transformation, making a perfect time to have a walk in the woods. The dry forest floor is now occupied and bursting with herbs, various lilies, arums which chiefly dominate this first fortnight of the monsoons. Vast portions of the park are restricted and can only be accessed with the permission of the Forest Department. It is in these areas that the park has tucked away the best of its treasures.

Shilonda nature trailInstead of the usual tar road to Kanheri, we will explore inside the forest the muddy unpaved trail which makes for excellent nature watch – plants, butterflies, bugs, spiders, birds, flowers, wild fruits, monkeys and other varieties of insects, making Shilonda an ideal place for nature and macro photography. This trail is one of the most pleasurable walks as it criss-crosses a small forest stream at many points and wading across this crystal clear water is nothing less than therapeutic for a city-sick soul. It is purely a nature walk with the expert naturalists of BNHS leading you, in literally a zero pollution zone right in the heart of one of the most polluted cities in India.

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This trail is organized by BNHS.

Naturalist Experts from BNHS: Mr. Vandan Jhaveri & Mr. Sanal Nair

Reporting: Meet inside SGNP, beyond the Ticket Counter under the large map of SGNP at Sunday, 25th June, 7.30am

Charges: Rs. 325/- (includes Forest Department permission fees and Naturalist Expertise)

For further details & Registration: Whatsapp 9819155259

Prior registration is mandatory, kindly do not just RSVP. More than 40ppl have already registered. Hurry

Note: SGNP gate opens at 7:30am, participants will have to buy the entry ticket at the main gate. SGNP is usually crowded on Sunday, hence a long queue is unavoidable. However, entry tickets to SGNP can be purchased online from http://www.bit.ly/sgnponline , Please carry packed breakfast, hat/cap, and adequate water. The programme should conclude by 10:30am. Be prepared for rains.

Lovely Lilies Trail

Lilies trail

Monsoon is synonymous with abundance of wildflowers. They create a riot of colours in the bright green as they bloom and fruit profusely in the short monsoon season to complete their life cycles. We are lucky to find several species here in Mumbai itself! These include a range of lilies such as Crinum lilies, Glory Lily, Hill turmeric, Pancratiums and more. Besides, this is also the time the local vegetable vendors sell wild vegetables such as wild yam, kantoli, cockscomb, pot cassia and other range of leafy vegetables; all these only grow in the wild and only during monsoon.

To learn all fascinating facts about these monsoon special lilies, iNaturewatch Foundation has organized a short trail. The path is undulating and terrain is covered with range of monsoon special plants, the trail ends with waterfall view.
So, join us to witness these lovely lilies before they are gone with the heavy rains!

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Date: 18th June 2017
Time: 7.30 am – 9.30 am

Venue: Kharghar Valley Trail, Kharghar Driving Range, Near Golf Course

Meeting point: Next to Convent of Jesus & Mary High School & Jr. College, Opp to Navjivan Hospital, Sector 6, Kharghar.

How to reach: Board a train to Kharghar Railway Station. Take Rikshaw for Convent of Jesus & Mary High School.

Our Expert: Isaac Kehimkar, Chairman and Author of Wildflower of India

Programme Fee:
Children (up to 5 years): FREE
Children (5-15 years) and Senior citizens: Rs.150/- per head
Adults: Rs. 250/- per head
(The fees are meant to support the foundation activities and resources person fees.)

More than 35 people already booked.

Registration : http://www.inaturewatch.org/registerforevent.php

REGISTRATION PRIOR TO THE EVENT IS MANDATORY, kindly do not just RSVP.

For Queries: Whatsapp at +91 9819155259

You can make online payments directly to them using IMPS/PayU:https://goo.gl/Zr08W8

Hurry, before we get Full.

The Village School

Village school with Third Eye Explorers poster

Experience Village Life & Re-Connect with your child NATURALLY at

The Village School

bullock cart ride

Experience Village Life only 200kms away from Mumbai

When: 8th April Saturday 1pm to 9th April Sunday 2pm

Where: Purushwadi, Ahmednagar

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Here’s a school that has no blackboards, no books, no homework, no exams, no timings. In this school, learn to make your very own hut and a mud chulha to cook food, experience life in a typical Indian village, swim in a river not a swimming pool, play village games that don’t require a battery operated device, draw water from a well, climb trees

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Spend your weekend doing things you never would in a city with your child.

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Nature truly provides enough to satisfy the basic necessities of life…Introduce your child to a Simple Living & give them an opportunity to learn basic LIFE-SKILLS at The Village School

Life skills that children need to know

SCHEDULE

Day 1

12:00 pm – Arrival at the village

12:30 pm – Allotment of tents/Freshen up

1:00 pm – Lunch

Jungle Walk – Identifying plants for food

Make a mud chulha and cook your food

Learn to make a basic shelter

Learn to make a catapult

Learn to light a fire

Village games

7:30 pm – Dinner

9:00 pm – Camp fire

10:00 pm – Lights out

Day 2

Morning Walk to Dam

8:30 am – Breakfast

Draw water from a well

Learn to climb trees

Learn to make ropes using grass

Raft building and swimming

12:30 pm – Lunch

1:30 pm – Departure

CHARGES

Adults (13 years +) – Rs. 2500 per person

Kids (3-12 years) – Rs 2000 per person

Bookings: Whatsapp – 9819155259

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INCLUSIONS

▪ Accommodation in Tents

▪ Vegetarian Meals (From Lunch day 1 to Lunch day 2)

▪ Filtered Drinking water

▪ All activities mentioned in the plan

EXCLUSIONS

▪ Travel from your city to Purushwadi

▪ Any personal expenses

▪ Anything not mentioned in the itinerary

▪ Bottled mineral water

Terms:

  • 1st come 1st Serve Basis. Reservation on full payment only.
  • No Refund in this event, all advance goes into the arrangements.
  • Bookings will close on 6th April, Thursday
  • No consumption of alcohol or smoking or drugs while in the village or in the tent. This is a child-friendly environment. If anyone found indulging, then Organizers reserves the right to expel.
  • Transport can be arranged at an additional cost.

Very Limited Seats! Hurry