Maharashtra Tourism Developmnt Corporation (MTDC) will be organising the first Anjarle Turtle Festival in Dapoli district on February 6-7, 2016, with a number of activities that the visitors can participate in.
MTDC will be organisnig this festival to create awareness for the rare species – The Olive Ridley Sea Turtle. With this, MTDC intends to alert the growing importance to save and safeguard the lives of these turtles.
Anjarle a small port, located in the Dapoli village of Ratnagiri district in Maharashtra, will also host a variety of engaging activities in association with MTDC. Tourists will be able to participate in activities like boating, back water tour, bullock safari, etc. Visitors can experience baby turtles struggling out of the nest and making its way to the water. Tourists can also make use of ferries to reach the Suvarnadurg Fort that is located on a small island in the Arabian Sea. A documentary featuring the Olive Ridley will also be showcased.
Commenting on the festival, Paraag Jaiin Nainuttia, managing director, MTDC said, “We are proud to host the first Turtle Festival for tourists at Anjarle Beach. MTDC has always worked towards creating and developing a sustainable environment in the state. Turtles, and especially ‘The Olive Ridley Sea Turtles’ are such important contributors to our ecosystem, but with time, this species has become rare and forgotten. We aim at promoting these unexplored marvels of Maharashtra. This festival is also a positive step in the direction of boosting tourists at Anjarle Beach.”