The warm golden shores of Sri Lanka have invited many travellers, but sea turtles are perhaps the most loved of these visitors. Five species of endangered sea turtles travel far and wide to nest on our honey-hued shores.
Turtles frequent towns like Kosgoda, and even Balapitiya, as they’re quieter and not as busy as their neighbouring cities. After all, who doesn’t love a pristine beach?
This is an experience that is fun, meaningful, and awe-inspiring. These sea turtles swim thousands of miles during their lifetime, and when they’re ready to reproduce, they come back to the same beach where they were born to lay their eggs.
Their journey is truly remarkable, but sadly due to an increase in human activity, their population is dwindling. These hatcheries help balance the scales, thus giving the turtles a fighting chance.
Kosgoda is the only place in Sri Lanka where all five species of sea turtles come to nest throughout the year.
The sea turtles you can spot here are the green turtle, olive ridley, hawksbill, loggerhead and leatherback.
If you’re lucky, you may be able to witness a miraculous hatching and participate in releasing them back to the ocean.
This experience can be enjoyed by those of all ages. Remember to take your camera with you.
While you will have a close encounter with these sea turtles, please ensure you do not touch them.
Kande Vihara, Ancient Temple
Visit Kande Vihara, an ancient Buddhist temple with a large statue of the Buddha that overlooks the town of Aluthgama.