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MTDC welcomes you to Dolphin and Turtle festival on the beaches of Murud, Harnai and Velas from March 15 to 17. (Maharasthra)

The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) will organise a Dolphin and Turtle festival on the beaches of Murud, Harnai and Velas from March 15 to 17 2013. The festival will involve tourists in activities such as dolphin spotting as well as witnessing the unusual phenomenon of turtle hatching and the inception of their journey to the sea.

"The MTDC has been weaving festivals around the marvels of Maharashtra in a bid to create awareness about the various destinations among national and international tourists."

Velas, a village on the Konkan coast, hosts the nesting of the endangered Olive Ridley Turtles that migrate thousands of miles to lay their eggs on the shores of the Arabian Sea. "Velas is one-and-a-half hour's drive from Murud-Harnai.

The MTDC, along with Kasav Mitra Mandal, has arranged for 500 tourists to witness the unusual phenomenon of turtle hatching and the inception of their journey to the sea."

Managing director of MTDC, Jagdish Patil quotes in TOI that, "This is the first ever such festival at Murud and Velas. It will boost an emerging breed of tourists who are nature lovers. We have received proactive support and participation from the locals of Murud-Harnai and Velas. This festival will thus become one of the flagship tourist destinations of Maharashtra in the years to come."

Being a long beach, Murud-Harnai will host a variety of activities in association with Suvarna Durga Paryatan Vikas Bahu Udeshiya Seva Sanghatna. Tourists will witness participative activities like celebrity beach cricket, beach sports and sand sculptures. Local Malwani cuisine and fish fare from Kardhe will be served along with other delicacies. The first mangoes of the season will also be up for taste at the festival.

Along with dolphin spotting, cultural programmes have been arranged by the department of culture apart from a 'beach musical night'. About 6,000 tourists are expected to witness the festival and will be boarding at home-stays in Murud-Harnai.

The MTDC officials said that the festival has generated a lot of interest from various sections of society and it has thus offered the festival space to create a small market for locals and tourism sector service providers.