It is celebrated in Velas village of Maharashtra in the month of March spread across a period of 14 days. This is the exact period during which the precious Olive Ridley turtles are known to come to the seashore to lay eggs and return back to the sea.
Reasons for Organizing Konkan Turtle FestivalFearing about the fast extinction possibility of Olive Ridley turtles, environmentalists and conservationists have decided to organize a unique festival in this regard. The sole objective is to protect the species by taking active steps with immediate affect.
Experienced activists and trained volunteers participate in the noble event on a large scale to ensure that the best results are obtained in an ultimate manner. The main focus is to collect the eggs laid by the turtles and take them back for the successful nestling process.
Baby turtles after successful hatching are taken back to the seashore and left out in the open waters of the Arabian Sea. The main concern of the environmentalists is that the population of these turtles have decreased significantly because of extensively increased pollution levels in the recent times.
Konkan Turtle Festival is observed from a closer perspective by various authorities to assess the effective steps taken in this regard and the extent to which the event has become successful. For all those involved actively in this fest have perhaps taken the right decision at a right time to conserve the turtle species that has become almost extinct.
Delicious food recipes too are served at the event that are vegetarian in nature. Food lovers get to munch upon popular delicacies with a unique taste that they get to remember for a long time to come.
Considering the detailed results from a closer perspective, it can be considered that the festival has become highly successful in educating people about the act of conserving turtles in the best possible manner. Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra (SNM) and Kasav Mitra Mandal (KMM) are the two official groups that are involved actively in organizing the event each year.
More recently, the festival has been spread over to 30 villages of Maharashtra. They ensure that maximum eggs laid by the turtles should be hatched. Perhaps, the biggest challenge that both SNM and KMM face in common is to find the best way to educate maximum people towards organizing the event in the most successful manner.
Successful protection of rare species of Olive Ridley turtles is something that is of prime concern here. Mahalaxmi Temple is considered to be an ideal place. Not only this, it has amazing scenic beauty as well. On an average, several hundreds of eggs are laid by the turtles here and then baby turtles are hatched and Arabian Sea.