Turtle Hatchery and Conservation in Kosgoda

If you read the scripts of travellers who visited Sri Lanka centuries ago, it almost appears as if the wilderness of Sri Lanka skirted the coastline. The coastal population was sparse, and unlike today, much of the beaches were undisturbed by commercial buildings and concrete sprawl. This lent itself to an almost perfect habitat for turtles to nest and lay their eggs.

The rise of tourism and related commercial development led to the need for human intervention in the protection of turtles and paved the way for “turtle hatcheries” – protected enclosures to nurture the eggs and release the young back into the ocean to increase the probability of survival and support against threats of extinction.

Although stretches of beaches frequented by turtles are now fewer, Kosgoda became famous for its sea turtle conservation project, initiated by the Wild Life Protection Society of Sri Lanka in 1988. Since then it claims to have released around 3.5 million baby turtles back into the ocean. Although October to April is the main laying season, some eggs (mostly from Green Turtles) can be found in Kosgoda throughout the year.

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How much?
  • $60.00 per person for two
  • $50 per person for groups of four to six
What you get?
  • Round Trip Transport
  • Departure 10:00 am or 3:00 pm
  • Refreshments
  • Excludes tickets to hatchery and tips
  • Guide on site
Our ‘two cents’!
  • Some conservationists accuse the “turtle hatchery” model of having become a tourist trap, more than a conservation exercise, so we advise discretion.
  • This is a fascinating excursion for the whole family and can be combined with the Masks and Moonstone excursion to Ambalangoda or the Mangroves in Madu River.


distance to hotels
62 KM from Cantaloupe Aqua to Kosgoda
58 KM from Cantaloupe Levels to Kosgoda

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