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Sea Turtle Hatchery, Ambalangoda

(3.4/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web)
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  • Sold us the excursion that we were going to see a turtle hatchery and what we find were 4 tanks with 2 turtles inside that could not or swimming or anything a scam nothing advisable
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  • Visited here a couple of days ago. Not very big, spacious area where there are about 10 pools for turtles of different types and ages, a separate sandbox by vylupivshimisja turtles eggs yet. Entry per person-500 rupees. Employees of the reserve a little talk about how they grow turtles and explain the difference of their species (the funny English)
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  • fishermen bring injured turtles here -they are possibly the only turtle hospital in the world. Some have no legs and can't swim -yet they care for them! 
  • 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.