Located 190 Kms south of Mumbai, the coastal towns of Shrivardhan and Harihareshwar are known for their beaches and temples. While the temples are a favourite with pilgrims, the long brown sandy beaches are for solitude seekers. The road runs parallel to the beaches for long and it's an absolute delight to ride on them. Velas is popular for its Velas Turtle festival held every year in the month of February/ March when numerous olive ridley turtles come ashore to lay eggs. Conservation of the turtles and their eggs are taken care by the locals and an NGO. The dilapidated Bankot fort near Velas is another attraction here.
|A large stretch of casuarinas form the backdrop for Velas beach|
|Bankot fort offers nice aerial views of sea and beaches below|