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Old 16th April 2013, 11:23   #46
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Wonderful. Thanks for sharing.
It's pure talent to time the photos in a travelogue and you have it in abundance.
This place looks inviting, especially with your descriptions.
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Excellent travel/photologue. A different experience altogether. The place has a rustic beauty to it with those trees and old houses. Thanks for introducing the place.

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Don't want to preach. Just one last thought:

While releasing the turtle hatchlings, the volunteers used to flatten-out/erase any deep foot-prints from the path of hatchlings so that they don't get stuck in them. While chasing development and economic growth, have we left such a deep foot-print on this planet that it is causing basic survival challenges to almost all other co-habitants?

Beautifully depicted, pal!
Five stars to your thread!!
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As usual, superb narration with too good snaps.
It was really heartening to know about this noble cause of saving the endangered species.
I really plan to visit this place. And really, you do not preach. After knowing and understanding about these species, such a thought is bound to come.
Last but not the least, I really enjoy your TLs. Do keep them coming.
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Old 21st April 2013, 16:27   #49
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SDP - Amazing photologue

I am really touched by this idea. Never thought we have these kind of initiatives in India.

Kudos to the complete team for making this wonderful trip and being part of the VeLas turtle festival. Very good shots and short and simple descriptions makes this a very easy virtual tour.
Thanks jacs! I will pass on your compliments to the organizing club and its fantastic volunteers.

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Wonderful. Thanks for sharing.
It's pure talent to time the photos in a travelogue and you have it in abundance.
This place looks inviting, especially with your descriptions.
Thanks Mudhalaipatti for the kind words.

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Excellent travel/photologue. A different experience altogether. The place has a rustic beauty to it with those trees and old houses. Thanks for introducing the place.

Beautifully depicted, pal!
Five stars to your thread!!
Thanks for the rating and kind words, ImprezaFan!

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As usual, superb narration with too good snaps.
It was really heartening to know about this noble cause of saving the endangered species.
I really plan to visit this place. And really, you do not preach. After knowing and understanding about these species, such a thought is bound to come.
Last but not the least, I really enjoy your TLs. Do keep them coming.
Thanks Orange GTX for the kind words.

Recently read "Hot, Flat and Crowded" by Thomas Friedman. Its a much more hard-hitting book than the Al Gore documentary "An Inconvenient Truth". What's interesting about the book is it connects the dots really well: from our oil-dependency, the balooning number of cars, lack of policy support for renewable and non-conventional energy sources, corelation between oil-production (or economic over-dependence on natural resources in general) and the country's development to terrorism, pollution, climate changes and the need of the hour "actually becoming Green rather than paying lip service to Green initiatives".

No amount of "preaching" would help. Its a matter of self-awareness. Events like these do a lot by way of providing that opportunity for introspection.

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Superb thread and pics SDP. Rated 5 stars! Thanks so much for sharing what I see as a gripping nature travelogue.
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Excellent, awesome and informative. Thank you sir for sharing your experience and the loads and loads of photos, I bumped in to this thread today and got glued to it for the last 3 hours.
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What a superb thread.
Lovely photos, and lovely subject.

I remember similar subject on these turtles in Visakhapatnam/Chennai - East coast.


By the way, I am amazed seeing the low gradient of the coast:



Seems like one can literally walk kilometers into the sea ...
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ANother article in Mid-Day today
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Beautiful pictures SDP. Thanks for sharing such an informative travelogue. I knew about this turtle festival, since a friend of mine organizes a trip every year. Unfortunately I have always missed it till now .
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SDP thanks for sharing those beatiful pictures and the info about the turtle fest. i must say those photos of the turtles are awesome and makes some special feeling. once again thank you very much.
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This is beyond words.

Amazing travelogue.

Can you give us any contact information on how to book for such tours?
I would love to do this.

thanks again.
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Old 27th March 2014, 11:21   #57
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What an amazing travellogue SDP - had me completely hooked - I really liked the way you described the small rustic village and the comparision you made with your own village, about 25 to 30 years back! Having studied at Manipal for about 5 years, the rustic Konkan environs somehow strike a chord somewhere!!
Very atmospheric pictures - and a great effort by the Samsthan to preserve the turtles -
This blog truely deserves the 5-Star rating - thanks for sharing this, and hoping to read more accounts from you in the future!!
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Hi, can anyone give me any contacts of stay facility at Velas? i want to stay there coming saturday night. we are 5 adults.
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Old 28th March 2014, 21:32   #59
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Hi dieselritzer you could contact chanak @ 98209 76655. He also has a web site www.simplyoffbeat.com. He can help you organise stay at Velas. Its a small village and the homestay facilities are basic. Its clean and the food is good.
Also its a good idea to go after the weekend if you want to avoid the crowd. I was there last weekend and there were about 200-300 people. While I was there 2 hatchlings were released to the sea, the next day however there were about 11 hatchlings and only 2 people on the beach to see them off
..and it is a lovely beach to have to yourself, the sunsets were spectacular!

have a good one and safe journey
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Waking up the thread with no activity for almost a year. Planning to travel to Velas tomorrow. Can someone throw the best possible route to take, as we plan to leave around 1:00PM ( from Pune ) and friends are recommending not to drive in the ghats after Sunset as there were cases of robbery, especially since we have 2 ladies in the group.

Thanks a lot SDP . I'm sure not many of us would knew about the place without this thread.
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