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Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Sri Lanka

3.0
#69 of 185 in Parks in Sri Lanka
Wildlife Area Nature / Park
At Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, get up close and personal with some of the world's majestic creatures. The turtle farm breeds, releases, and rehabilitates sea turtles of all ages. Tour the sanctuary with one of the knowledgeable guides, who will teach you about these magical animals. Visitors also have the opportunity to hold and, with some luck, release the creatures into the wild. The turtle sanctuary is a not-for-profit organization that largely depends on donations, which can be made on site or via their website. A visit to Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Koggala trip generator to plot your vacation.
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3.9
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  • We had taken a day trip to Galle which included a visit to the turtle hatchery. We continued south east for a few more kilometers and the driver announced that we had reached the hatchery. A narrow pa...  more »
  • On our way from Mirissa to Galle with the public bus we made a short stop at the turtles! Our kids loved it so much that we decided to make another stop on our way back! This time they have set 71 sma...  more »
  • This is a truly amazing experience. The family that run this are so dedicated, caring and devoted to preserving sea turtles in the area and so friendly- you must visit when you're in Galle. We felt so...  more »
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  • Great place, and great work to help keeping alife turtles in Sri Lanka. They are amateurs and they need support.
  • 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)

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