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Sea Turtle Hatchery, Ambalangoda

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Reviews
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  • Really hated this place during our tour of Sri Lanka. Found it extremely cruel as large turtles have very small area to swim sometimes even 4/5 turtles jammed into a tiny pool with not enough room. So...  more »
  • Was l interesting place takes about 15 minutes for them to show you around. They buy eggs of fishermen then once thet are hatched they keep them till there belly buttons are closed. It is a worthy thi...  more »
  • I liked the way they are treating this amazing and beautiful creatures at the hatchery. All the turtles are being looked after very well and with lots of care. The staff is very informative and it was...  more »
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  • I am happy for the turtles, this is a perfect system: first egs are found by fisherman and sold to the farm. The farm makes sure the small turtles are a bit more strong when by evening after some days they are released into the sea. All stages they try to get little bit of money from the tourist (eg. Release ) which is really logic because this is the only way to safe the eggs from the poachers. The goal is to make sure new born ones get safe and back into the wild, which really occurs in this way. And dont forget, government helps but can not fund everything, so tourism this way is needed to safe more turtles
  • Very knowledgeable and clearly dedicated to the turtles; reasonable price of $20USD to release some babies into the water; money goes to support the project. Some negative reviews state that it's a money scam for the family but I think it's a terrific place that helps save the eggs from predators on the beach and rehabilitates injured turtles brought in by fishermen. And why shouldn't they support themselves through this? I'll go back before I leave.
  • Nice project for the baby turtles and a very good explanation by the guide. Unfortunately, the pools seems to small for the big turtles. If you are on the way please visit, but it is not worth to travel an extra hour for this.
  • Not worthy, you will be expecting to see at least educational info, and a good place for turtles to hatch and be released to the see, and keep the ills in a recovery area. They got a tank with young turtles, that they were for at least 2 months ready to be released in the water , add to that several tanks of less than 0.4 m3 (14 cf) for three or more turtles, some longer than 60 cm (2 ft) or more. Three in particular never stop to hit itself against the walls of their cage, specially chocking those younger little ones that should be released long time ago. They got exploited turtles for the solely purpose to catch the money of the tourist. If your propose is learn, or to help the turtles, or do anything ecological sensitive, don't do the same mistake we did (we got a lot of explanations to give to our kids when they asked why we were there)
  • Tourist trap: it's posing as a refuge / hospital but in fact it's a small money factory for the owners. The "ponds" are way to small and the little explanations they give are contradictory: one will tell you that the small turtles will be released after 4-5 days, another will tell you "a few weeks". Entrance 500, you cannot touch the turtles (but, of course, if you pay extra...) Stay away.