History of Velas

Velas is a village in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra, India. It is noted as a birthplace of Nana Phadnis, an influential statesman of the Maratha Empire. It is also famous for its beaches and turtle festival, which is held by the local people of Velas and Sahyadri Nisarg Mitra, Chiplun.


Explore the Kalinje Mangrove with a boat ride. Walking on soft clay; discover intertidal wildlife and spot diverse bird species in this unique and enriching experience.


Mangroves provide natural infrastructure to help protect nearby populated areas by reducing erosion and absorbing storm surge impacts during extreme weather events such as hurricanes. They are also important to the ecosystem too. Their dense roots help bind and build soils.

Bankot fort

Located in the Ratnagiri area of Maharashtra, Bankot Fort is a historic fort that is 5 km from Velas, 10 km from Harihareshwar, and 24 km from Srivardhan. One of Maharashtra’s medieval forts, it overlooks Bankot Creek and is a top attraction to see while on a Harihareshwar trip.

The Bankot Fort, also called Himmatgad, is located at the highest point at the confluence of the Savitri River and the sea. It is thought to have been founded with the intention of defending the Savitri River trade route. Occupying a tiny hilltop, the fort offers tourists a magnificent view of the sea and the adjacent settlement. It’s the one

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