The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) recently hosted its first ever Anjarle Turtle Festival.
Held from 6-7 February at Anjarle Beach, the festival was aimed at creating awareness for the rare Olive Ridley sea turtle, which are under threat from issues including coastal development, natural disasters, climate change and the fishing industry.
“We are proud to host the first Turtle Festival for the tourists at Anjarle Beach,” said Shri Paraag Jaiin Nainuttia, managing director of the MTDC. “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.”
Anjarle is a small port located in the Dapoli village of Ratnagiri district. The festival also included a series of other tourist activities, such as boat rides, backwater tours and bullock safaris, co-organised by the MTDC.
A documentary featuring the Olive Ridley turtle was also screened to raise awareness of the creature’s plight.