Kosgoda Turtle Care
Kosgoda Turtle Care
4.5
8:00 AM - 6:45 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:45 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:45 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:45 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:45 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:45 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:45 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:45 PM
About
Kosgoda Turtle Care program aims to protect sea turtle eggs and increase hatching rates. We not only do hatching, but also we treat disabled Turtles and treat the weak ones due to fishing. Our staff patrols the beach all night looking for mother sea turtles that come out of the ocean to lay their eggs. Entry fee 500 RS, release of baby turtles (in the evening) 1000 RS. Please tip your guide if you enjoyed the tour. Additional donations to the centre is warmly welcomed. Call Santha if you are in any doubt or want to experience a turtle release in the dawn.
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Dan B
1 contribution
Apr 2022 • Family
Really enjoy I friendly and caring people have a lot of care for rescuing turtles would highly recommend!
Written 5 April 2022
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Sarah B
1 contribution
Apr 2022 • Friends
Fantastic place that does excellent work with Rescue turtles. The volunteers have worked hard all year around and have struggled through covid.
Written 5 April 2022
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jodybrat
Melbourne, Australia53 contributions
Mar 2022 • Friends
What great work they are doing with such limited resource!! Family run second generation conservation project these guys are so passionate about what they do it’s infectious!
Written 28 March 2022
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Ari569
Southern Finland, Finland20 contributions
Feb 2020
Visited Turtle Care center in teh mornign. We were told about the turtles and thei operation, where they spot turtle mamas when rising to shore, protect them while nesting, and then carefully remove eggs from open beach to safe and guarded hatchery. We were allowed to transfer some newborn baby turtles to water pool, where tehy are cared and looked after for few days before releasing them to the sea.

They also take care of injured turtles.
Written 9 March 2020
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Nelson
Lisbon, Portugal12 contributions
Feb 2020
We were amazed with this place, it’s very simple but very caring! We started our tour knowing about the endemic marine turtles species in Sri Lanka and their characteristics. Mr. Amarasena Fernando showed us the biological life cycle of the turtle from the egg hatch to the turtle release into the ocean. There are some tanks where he keeps the turtles to make sure they are fit to be safely released to the ocean. There are tanks with adult turtles with disabilities making them vulnerable in the wild life, so Fernando keeps them and they can be adopted. The turtles recognise him as a father, it shows the care and love he gives them. He is so proud about Sri Lanka be a home for the 5 on 8 marine turtle species and he is concern about the human impact that affects their habitat. So he tries to maintain their lives going on and his project is all about creating knowledge and touch people about wild life concerns in real threats, such as plastic. We recommend everyone to visit the place and support his project.
Written 9 March 2020
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Vinod M
Mumbai, India227 contributions
Jan 2020
the person who guided us through the turtle hatchery was an old gentleman with lots of stories and good sense of humor.
he showed us how to identify baby turtles who are 1 day,2 day and 3 day old.
there were also other turtles kept in the tanks,who are being looked after,because they cannot go out in the ocean alone.
there were half albino turtles and we were introduced to different types of turtles(5 types in all)
it was amazing for our kids as they were very excited to hold the baby turtles in their hands.
their happiness was worth the entire trip.
Written 11 February 2020
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Tanya
Aluthgama, Sri Lanka10 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
If you like to see turtles, its a nice place. They say its a story behind, buying eggs from locals from the ticket money and then realising the turtles. You can see damaged turtles from net, boats..our guide was not showing big interested about guiding us, he was telling a few things about turtles, than he has more interest in his phone.Because of that looks very comercial, not so turtle friendly.
On other side there are small polls with turtles..not so ok..
1000 rs entry ticket, kids 500.and realising 1 little turtle 500rs pp.in a 15 min you can end your visit. For kids I would say yes for visiting, just adults..its your choise.
Written 18 December 2019
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Céline D.
4 contributions
Aug 2019 • Solo
I volunteered in the centre for almost two weeks, and this is an amazing experience and opportunity.
I have been hosted by Santha and his family in a nice room next to their house. Very comfortable and clean. He and his family have been very kind and welcoming.
The work with the turtles was nice, it was mostly feeding, taking care of them and cleaning theirs tanks. They happen to be nice animals that love human contact.
My best remembering will be the baby turtle release into the ocean at sunset, very moving and cute!
I recommend this experience to anyone that wish to give a little time to animal protection, but also of course for a quick visit to get to know more about sea turtles.
Written 21 August 2019
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Best Tours Bentota
Bentota, Sri Lanka46 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
It is Best service and best location. You can stay like your want time. Lots of tourists coming this place.
Written 13 April 2019
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LivCallan
Melbourne, Australia30 contributions
Jan 2019
Paid 1000 rupees to get in. My guide was friendly and informative.

This is a family run conservation centre where you can also stay and volunteer.

I believe they truly care about the turtles and it is good to have places such as this to improve the number of turtles who successfully hatch by keeping the turtle eggs safe from predators.

However:
*the pools for the long term turtle residents (injured and albino) were way too small. Please improve this, it is very sad to see such grand creatures kept in small shallow pools
*the focus on touching all the turtles made me a bit uncomfortable, I don’t think this is good for them? My guide kept on encouraging me to touch each turtle on the tour (even after I declined a few times) or even pick up a big turtle. I wish they would not tell people to touch them so much. Where I am now (Hikladuwa) there are signs on the beach specifically prohibiting people from touching the turtles and saying it is an offence.

Written 30 January 2019
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