Sea Turtle Conservation Project (Koggala)

Sea Turtle Conservation Project (Koggala)

Sea Turtle Conservation Project (Koggala)
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The "Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery" is a non - profitable organization which is maintained for the survival of Sea Turtles for the next generation. The "Turtle Farm" is situated in Koggala (southern part of Sri Lanka - Galle District) near to the beautiful beach. That is 12km from the Galle - Matara main road. The center was started in 2010 and up to now we have released more than 100,000 Turtles.
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  • Meg Sawyer
    Stafford, United Kingdom21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Turtle conversation and hatchery Koggala
    Expect to be a little shocked at the condition of the turtles here. They are of course cared for and the ultimate aim is for the turtles to be rehabilitated and re-released to the ocean. Unfortunately many are missing limbs and whilst prosthetic limbs are the plan for these turtles they are expensive (approx $2500 I was told) and so it’s a very sad situation whereby you wonder if they will ever get the treatment they need. However I don’t say this to be negative - just the realisation of what we as humans have caused these sentient beings. It was very educational and a positive experience to learn that people do really care- and that they responsibly release baby turtles throughout the year to help their survival rates and ultimately increase their numbers. Definitely worth a visit ! And a donation if you are able to :)
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 July 2023
  • Ana N
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience
    Our visit to the conservation was great. Our guide was knowledgeable and you could see how greatly he cares about the cause. He showed us many different stages of turtle development, from eggs to 3 year old turtles. We even got to see how little turtles got hatched and we could hold and touch little and big turtles. I definitely recommend visiting this conservation because by doing so you support its activity and enable the survival of many endangered species of turtles
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 July 2023
  • pip2246
    London, United Kingdom494 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Doing a great job for the turtles
    Was unsure initially as to whether this place was genuine but it really seeks to be doing a great job for the injured turtles it rescues. Fascinating guide and explanation of what was happening with each of the turtles they had and it was clear they were in need of help. Great job they are doing and glad we went to support the cause. Thank you
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 August 2023
  • tamalean
    Colombo, Sri Lanka361 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Place
    This place is amazing. They take such good care of turtles. It is like a special hospital for turtles together with being a farm to hatch new babies and release to the ocean. We went in a group. Some of us were foreign passport holders, so we had to pay foreign dollar rate. But, that collection goes towards looking after the farm and hatchery. I did not mind contributing to such a good cause. We had a guide who explained in English which was very good for us. Make sure you ask for one. It is worth the insight into turtle life and the wide varieties of them and their habitats and live style. Do drop when you are passing by, or yet, make a special effort to go to this hatchery.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 December 2023
  • Berti03
    Braunton, United Kingdom239 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative & inspiring
    Visiting this sea turtle conservation centre and hatchery at Koggala, was both insightful, inspiring and tragically sad all at once. 🐢 When you learn of the impact humans have on turtles and their environment it breaks your heart 💔. But the work these guys do here to rehabilitate injured turtles and prepare them for release back to the ocean is out of this world - did you even know that prosthetic limbs can be made for turtles?! Our guide's knowledge on each turtle, what their injury was and what was being done to treat them was amazing. He was able to answer any questions and just made this short tour really informative and enjoyable. Definitely recommend
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 February 2024
  • rkasera79
    Gurugram (Gurgaon), India130 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must watch Turtle Hatchery in Galle
    This is a nice Turtle farm and hatchery. The guide was very knowledgeable and explained the different species of turtles pretty well. These guys are doing really well in terms of restoration of turtles whose limbs have been damaged in the ocean. The beach behind the hatchery is very beautiful. The entry fee of LKR1500 is also very reasonable. A must see option for anyone visiting Galle or Mirissa.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 April 2024
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Irina S
Dubai, United Arab Emirates92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Turtles 🐢 good to see , but in reality we paid for the support of those handicaps poor turtles .
We came and there are were many kids from school .
Written 18 June 2024
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rkasera79
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This is a nice Turtle farm and hatchery. The guide was very knowledgeable and explained the different species of turtles pretty well. These guys are doing really well in terms of restoration of turtles whose limbs have been damaged in the ocean.

The beach behind the hatchery is very beautiful. The entry fee of LKR1500 is also very reasonable. A must see option for anyone visiting Galle or Mirissa.
Written 11 April 2024
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Elisabeth R. A.
Copenhagen, Denmark14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
I went to the Koggala Turtle Hatchery in January 2024 with a group of people from my yoga retreat. At first glance the place seemed very worn down and kinda sketchy, but as soon as we got inside it was clear to me that the people working there had a passion for helping the turtles. There were various bassins with different kinds of turtles and the guide were very helpful in explaining about them all. It seemed kinda scripted or rehearsed, but it was great nevertheless. When I went there they had just gotten a turtle in that same morning, that had been attacked by dogs on the beach - super sad, but also important that they show the harsh truth, however uncomfortable it may be. A curous observation: On the walls in the room with the bassins, they have had previous volunteers write greetings on the walls - it could be fun to know more about how to become a volunteer and what role the colunteer play in the project.
Written 31 March 2024
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Alex H
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Good place that cares good for sea turtles . You can set a Abbau turtle free on the beach what is a nice experience specially for kids. Very informative staff that answers all questions ! Go there and help them with your visit
Written 16 March 2024
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Jobearoundtheglobe
Manchester, UK258 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
On initial perspective of this place, it would be easy to see that it is for monetary gain over the benefit of the turtles. This is completely overturned when you understand how committed these people are to protect in the life of turtles throughout Sri lanka. The guide that took us there would not have done, so would he have thought that it was over conservation.

There are several concrete tanks, which are replaced with freshwater every day or every two days, and the turtles that are in them are either severely injured and are under care, which can take several years if not decades. These would otherwise have died in the wild.

The rescue centre also has eggs in the sand which are collected or brought here by local residence that are at danger of being destroyed by tourism or by consumption.

The centre releases hundreds of turtles to the ocean each month in many species which can only be a good thing. All the workers are extremely passionate about the turtles.

You have to pay to enter which is only a few pounds and you can also participate in releasing the turtles once they have patched or by watching them hatch and be released.
Written 7 March 2024
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Berti03
Braunton, UK239 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples

Visiting this sea turtle conservation centre and hatchery at Koggala, was both insightful, inspiring and tragically sad all at once. 🐢
When you learn of the impact humans have on turtles and their environment it breaks your heart 💔.
But the work these guys do here to rehabilitate injured turtles and prepare them for release back to the ocean is out of this world - did you even know that prosthetic limbs can be made for turtles?! Our guide's knowledge on each turtle, what their injury was and what was being done to treat them was amazing. He was able to answer any questions and just made this short tour really informative and enjoyable. Definitely recommend
Written 5 February 2024
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Char and Luke
Taunton, UK21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We rocked up by tuk tuk with a 9 week old baby in a pram, the outside looks a little rough and raw but the man who showed us around, came in early to open for us and was intensely passionate about each turtle, he could tell us all the injuries, medication and treatment being carried out and could explain why each one was either living at the hatchery permanently or would be released. Please support this cause and encourage the younger generation to protect these species.
Written 23 January 2024
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tamalean
Colombo, Sri Lanka361 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
This place is amazing. They take such good care of turtles. It is like a special hospital for turtles together with being a farm to hatch new babies and release to the ocean. We went in a group. Some of us were foreign passport holders, so we had to pay foreign dollar rate. But, that collection goes towards looking after the farm and hatchery. I did not mind contributing to such a good cause. We had a guide who explained in English which was very good for us. Make sure you ask for one. It is worth the insight into turtle life and the wide varieties of them and their habitats and live style.
Do drop when you are passing by, or yet, make a special effort to go to this hatchery.
Written 12 December 2023
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Nickie K
48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Great work rescuing injured turtles and then return them to the ocean. Little hatchery too is ensuring many more baby turtles survive. Well worth supporting them.
Written 2 December 2023
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pip2246
London, UK494 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Was unsure initially as to whether this place was genuine but it really seeks to be doing a great job for the injured turtles it rescues. Fascinating guide and explanation of what was happening with each of the turtles they had and it was clear they were in need of help. Great job they are doing and glad we went to support the cause. Thank you
Written 7 August 2023
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