Turtle Watching

Witness the splendour of the unique habitat and conservation methods of the endangered species of sea turtles during your tropical beach holiday in Sri Lanka. Maybe even partake in the turtle nesting conservation projects conducted by the specialized organisations and projects located in the coastal parts of Sri Lanka. After all, an act of random kindness to the majestic species that share the world with us is always something that will leave us just that much more content.

Not too long ago, sea turtles were on the brink of extinction in the country due to pollution, fishing malpractices and poaching that severely affected the turtle population, however, with the increasing implementation of the Convention in Trade of Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES) in the 1990s, the local government persuaded the local communities to take an active stance towards the preservation of the turtle population and it has become a success ever since.

With its initial success, the local initiatives gained worldwide attention for its selfless acts thus resulting in many flocking to the notable turtle nesting sites of Rekawa, Beruwala, Induruwa and Kosgoda for turtle watching, in order to understand the unique and protected habitat of the species.

Interesting Facts

  • It is confirmed that 5 out of the 7 sea turtle species prominently nest along the southern coastal belt of Sri Lanka. Such species are Green turtle, the Hawksbill turtle, the Loggerhead turtle, the Olive Ridley turtle and the colossal Leatherback turtle.
  • One of the more interesting facts about the conservation projects that organize the turtle watches are that most of them are volunteer driven and are often supervised by former poachers that have understood the detrimental impact of poaching.
  • Each turtle conservation project has its own unique way of protecting the species, which makes it a great opportunity to understand the different methods used in the preservation of turtle population.

Times, Seasons and Tips

  • Turtle watching can be done throughout the year, however, can be best experienced between the months of April to July when it is also possible to release the turtle hatchlings out at sea.
  • As a result of an increasing inflow of tourists for the activity, it can get crowded during the mornings and night. Day time visits during weekdays are best since you can avoid the crowd and witness the turtle hatcheries at their best.
  • Contacting the organization ahead of your visit is best since charges vary depending on the place you visit.
  • Flash photography and torches are prohibited during night time visits as it can disturb the habitat of the turtle nesting.

In conclusion, turtle watching has become a mainstay in the ever growing eco-tourism industry of Sri Lanka since it not only benefits the diverse planet we live in, but also creates everlasting memories.

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April - July

Guided Tour


Nature and Outdoors

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