Place: Diveagar / Velas
Activities: Bike Ride
TREK MATES INDIA
Ride Near Mumbai
Meeting point: McD at Kalamboli (just before the starting of the expressway.) at 6.00 am
Start riding by 6.30 am
Breakfast at Wadkhal naka
Lunch at Patil Khanawal
Reach Diveagar and play Holi colours.
Evening Campfire, Liquor will be allowed at the camp fire.
Visit Diveagar Beach, breakfast
Ride further till Velas,
Visit Harihareshwar Temple, Cross the creek by jetty, and reach Velas
lunch at Velas
Visit Bankot fort.
Go for Turtle festival
Fun at the beach, get back, food and stay at local’s place in Velas
No Liquor allowed.
Morning visit beach for turtle sighting
Post Breakfast, Start riding back
Reach Panvel approx by 8 pm.
BF, L, D on Day 1
BF, L, D on Day 2
Bf, L on Day 3
Accommodations at Velas & Diveagar
Cold Drinks, Waterbottles, Liqour or any other personnel expenses
Petrol and Maintenance cost should be settled by the bike owner and the person accompanying him.
Note : -
In case, of a single rider, the petrol and maintenance charges has to be paid by him alone. (Trek Mates will provide info about a willing participant who can accompany you, and share the expenses. this depends on availability of such willing participants.)
Diveagar is a village located in Shrivardhan Taluka, Raigad district in the Indian state of Maharashtra, approximately 170 kilometers south of Mumbai.The area is peaceful, clean and sparsely populated.
Turtle Festival at Velas :
The Turtle Festival at Velas is annually organized by Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra (SNM) and the Kasav Mitra Mandal (KMM), during the period of February to March. This festival is attended by nature lovers, marine turtle enthusiasts, volunteers, known personalities in the field of conservation, tourists and people who just want to witness this moment, at least once in a lifetime!
Velas is the birth place of Nana Phadnis, one of the great prominent personalities in Maratha history. Due to the sea-shore Velas is an existing place and it is situated nearBankot Bay. There is an old temple of Shri Bhairi- Rameshwar and in this temple all twelve months water is made available taking the benefit of favorable geographical conditions. A statue of Nana Phadnis is present outside his house. In Velas Mahalakshmi temple and Nana Phadnis house are the places to visit. Gokulashtami Festival is one of the important festival in Velas.Velas is also one of the popular breeding sites of Olive Ridley, which is an endangered species of turtle.
Surrounded by four holy hills Harihar, Harshinachal, Bramhadri and Pushpadri Harihareshwar is a region in Konkan which is amazingly beautiful with hills playing the perfect foil for long stretch of pristine beach. The Harihareshwar temple built in the 16th century with the deities of Vishnu Brahma and Shiva is the primary attraction in Harihareshwar along with beautiful stretch of beach.
Height: Sea fort (Slightly above sea level)
Bankot is a square shaped fort. On the sides of Bankot fort, there is a dry moat (Revni) dug out in the Jambhya stone. Jambhya stone is peculiar type of stone adorning a purple shade and peculiarly it is incapable of storing water as the water invariable percolates through it owing to its much porous nature. The main entrance (Mahadarwaja) of the fort is north-facing with a well sculpted arch and carvings. Watch guards dug out (Devdya) align on both sides of the Mahadarwaja with some pits being dug out in the right Devdi. On the left, there are steps leading towards Nagarkhana while there is an underground storey and a tunnel on the right. A Maruti idol in the centre stands deserted now. On the west, there is a small entrance (Darwaja) leading to a Bastion on the exterior of the fortifications. A deep well (now dry and filled) occupied the centre of this bastion earlier and the adjacent water tanks too are dry and obsolete now. One can leave the Buruj via a small exit that leads to the surrounding moat and a beautiful “Revni” lying nearby