Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, Kosgoda

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Visit Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project for an educational and insightful tour of the turtle sanctuary and preservation project. This program, which started in 1988, aims to conserve local nesting sites, which are endangered by humans and predators, as well as monitoring the diminishing sea turtle activity in the area. The sanctuary has a large hatchery for rescued and collected eggs. After taking a tour and learning about all of the different species found in the area, you can take part in releasing the turtles into the ocean. The program relies solely on fundraising and donations, so if you choose to take part in the turtle release, you'll usually be asked to pay a small fee. Add Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project and other attractions to your Kosgoda trip itinerary using our Kosgoda road trip website .
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  • This place is amazing. It is all about turtle conservation and not about making money. They take such good care of the turtles and it’s refreshing to see people with such a love and commitment to thes...  more »
  • This place was great. The guide was very knowledgeable and gave us a heap of insight into the sea turtle situation in Sri Lanka. We got to release 15 baby Turtles into the ocean. This was such a beaut...  more »
  • The turtle hatchery located in Kosgoda is famous for several species of turtles, specially the endangered hawksbills. Eggs which are left uncovered on beaches all around the coast are brought by fishe...  more »
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  • Seemed like a very respectable place. The lady was lovely and showed me around the place and explained about the turtles. It was rather small but to be expected since they don't keep a lot of turtles. You can hold one of the older turtles if you like. I prefer this to some of the other places where you can hold the 1 day old babies as I think it's too young. Also have the option to go back in the evening to put the hatchlings in the sea (I think at extra cost but not sure as I didn't do this). Worth a visit if you are passing.
  • It's more expensive than some of the other places, but you get the feeling that most of the money goes towards their conservation efforts. There was some contradictory information, but there were also lots of people asking different questions at the same time. They've been doing this work for 30+ years, so they probably know more than everyone else who comes in and is an expert via Google. Would love to get a marine biologist's take on the place. That said, we had a wonderful time and it was a very moving experience
  • Turtle hatcheries are good for the environment, save lives, and incredibly fun. There are a few lovely ones down the coast, especially in and around the Kosgoda area. We visited the Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project (our favourite) this weekend. They have a great sustainability model and a very friendly owner, Dudley. The place is run by the locals, with international volunteers helping out throughout the year. The experience for tourists (regardless of nationality) is just brilliant. If you swing by during the day you’ll get to see all the adorable little hatchlings or the older and wiser turtles doing their thing in the tanks. But the real fun is being part of the release! It goes down almost everyday around sunset. The staff will pick out the ones fit for release, put them in little buckets and hand them to you.
  • The most amazing volunteer program I have ever been on! Sea Turtle conservation hands on as in burying, marking, recording and tracking rescued turtle egg hatches all the way to feeding, scrubbing turtle tanks, actually GIVING tours, sand scrubbing big turtles and baby turtle release to sea. Nothing like it!
  • Our local driver recommended this. We didn't really believe and went to a turtle farm near to Galle and it was tiny and awful... This Kosgoda one is way better. Quite big one with many turtles and you can see they are in better condition. The local guide explains a lot and each people got chance to hold the turtle. Here they also help turtles to hatch eggs. Definitely the best place to go if you love turtles and worth spending half an hour in Sri Lanka.
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