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Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa

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Galle Road | Colombo, Hikkaduwa 80240, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a small turtle hatchery where you can see eggs being incubated, baby turtles and also larger turtles who have been injured, for example by outboard motors. Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Diana G
Reviewed April 21, 2019

So touching to see a place that the turtles who cannot be released back to the wild are looked after. They also retrieve the hatchlings anf yhen release them when safe to do so to give them the best chance possible. Wonderful and no heavy...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Mcminny
Reviewed April 20, 2019 via mobile

We were recommended by the hotel staff at Ocean Breeze Hotel in Weligama to come to the Turtle Hatchery on our way to Galle. My children were very happy they were able to hold baby turtles and learn about gestation period of the turtle and...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Lydz81
Reviewed April 17, 2019

This hatchery was the idea of a local who wanted to save as many turtles and return them to the sea. Apparently turtle eggs are a delicacy in Sri Lankia so these guys buy them take them back to the hatchery and 45 days walla...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank John C
Reviewed April 14, 2019 via mobile

Stressed turtles in pools that are far too small, people groping baby turtles without washing their hands first, and loads of kids running around screaming. Some turtles are kept there for educational purposes, hence being captivated for life in concrete pools with no plants to...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank paddy3103
Reviewed April 14, 2019 via mobile

Where do I begin, the big turtles are either floating in the far too small basins lifelessly or trying to cling onto the edges as they have no rocks to hold onto. Some of the turtles were searching for nonexistent algae on the bottom of...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 11, 2019 via mobile

Paid 500lkr each to wonder around 30 square metres of concrete holding pools where poorly & bored looking turtles are held in shallow water. Staff took our money & didn't even bother talking to us at all. Extremely disappointed & quite a sad place to...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank 893carlam
Reviewed April 8, 2019 via mobile

The men working here are really nice and will answer any questions you ask. They breed turtles here and at night time they set them free off to the water when they are ready. You get a chance to hold baby turtles and they then...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank 494AK95
Reviewed April 8, 2019

So much information about how we can help it was so lovely releasing them into the sea the babies were just days old

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Kimellen65
Reviewed April 7, 2019

We were on the way to Colombo and stopped there. This was incredibly special. It was very nice to see tiny turtles swim around. This was Good place for everyone to learn turtle life and understand more depth about turtles; it is so important and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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January 15, 2019|
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Response from Meagan N |
So the turtles that are kept here are only kept as needed. They are either there long term because they are disabled (naturally or from man made issues like pollution) or short term to ensure a safe entry into the ocean. The... More
December 20, 2018|
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Response from nandinirk | Reviewed this property |
There are no timings. Our guide brought us there and we just went in. But I think normal morning and afternoon and closed I think from 4 or 5pm
May 22, 2018|
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Response from Ann_MarieC226 | Reviewed this property |
I think it’s open all year round.