Discover Turtles Sri Lanka

On the south coast, Kosgoda, Kandakuliya and Rekawa are the three main sites where turtles, a protected species in Sri Lanka, have come to hatch since 1971. The Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery sanctuary was created to protect this endangered species. The eggs are collected and immediately buried in a sandy compound that offers protection from birds, crabs and humans, thanks to some netting. There are 8 varieties of turtle in the world, five of which can be found here: parrot, green, loggerhead, crocodile and leatherback. All turtles lay 105 eggs six times a year and the incubation period lasts 48 days. The turtles are kept for a 3-day period to let their navel close and prevent them from being eaten by fishes and crabs. In this turtle hatchery you will be able to admire the regular lodgers, such as albino turtles (very rare), two blind turtles and a turtle with no fins. These will never be let out as they would not be able to survive in the sea. Some sick turtles are also treated here before being set free. The tsunami in 2004 swept away all the eggs and turtles, but the sanctuary has been rebuilt thanks to donations. Show your support by giving a tip to the guide who takes you on a tour of the hatchery, since the visit is free.

  • Turtles , The Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery, Sri Lanka , Sri Lanka
    The Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery, Sri Lanka

    The hatchery protect turtles from poachers. Turtles can thus lay their eggs safely

    © ZoonarFrank Waberf / age fotostock
  • Turtles , Scuba diving , Sri Lanka
    Scuba diving

    Scuba diver over a Hawksbill Turtle and an Angelfish.

    © Stuart Westmorland / age fotostock
  • Turtles , Turtle , Sri Lanka
    Turtle

    Turtles breathe air and do not lay eggs underwater, although many species live in or around water.

    © Ivan / age fotostock
  • Turtles , Sea turtle , Sri Lanka
    Sea turtle

    The largest turtles are aquatic.

    © Ivan / age fotostock
  • Turtles , Turtle amongst coral , Sri Lanka
    Turtle amongst coral

    The upper shell of the turtle is called the carapace, while the lower shell that encases the belly is called the plastron.

    © WaterFrame / age fotostock
  • Turtles , Turtle in the ocean , Sri Lanka
    Turtle in the ocean

    The earliest known turtles date back 215 million years.

    © ZoonarFrank Waberf / age fotostock
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