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Sea Turtle Hatchery, Ambalangoda

(3.5/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web)
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  • We really enjoyed the visit to this very worthwhile conservation charity. An excellent guide who knew his stuff and the turtles hatchlings and incubation areas were fascinating!  more »
  • For 500 rupees per person have the opportunity to touch the beautiful-turtles of different types and sizes, to hold them in my hands, to be photographed, to see how they grow and support a family affair Lankans already several generations of rescued turtles and supports their population. Great place!
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  • On a recent tour of the area, we had the pleasure of visiting this turtle conservatory. Privately operated, the dedicated volunteer team compassionately care for a wide variety of turtles. The staff a...  more »
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  • Part of a scam. If a tuk tuk driver offers to take you, walk the other way. It cost 500 Rupees per person to enter. And there are about 5 small water tubs with turtles in them. Its a popular scam which pays the tuk tuk drivers 50%. This stop is normally followed by a stop to the herb garden were things get dangerous. I so hope that some of the money really goes to the animals.
  • Sad place! Turtles are being held captive in very small ponts. Animal abuse! Do not visit!
  • Avoid. Rip-off detected. There are much more pleasant hatcheries on the coast. This one is small and crowded. Touching turtles is prohibited. The reason is simple - they ask for "little donation" (500 LKR) if you want to hold baby turtle and make pictures with it. There's more - if you want to release several baby turtles into the ocean the "donation" jumps to 30 dollars. In something other hatcheries all this was allowed for free. Of course we additionally supported those nice hatcheries by buying souvenirs. The souvenir shop in this place is literally empty and very filthy. Better go to some other turtle spot.
  • Good and small place near Habaraduwa, Galle Matara main road. Good collection of Turtles available.
  • Squeeee, how can you not love the chance to hold a day-old baby sea turtle in your hand? We stopped by on a lark and were NOT disappointed! You'll learn about the various species of sea turtles, see them from infancy to old age, learn about the hatchery's efforts to protect and rehabilitate turtles, and of course, be able to pick one up. A must-see for animal lovers.