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Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa

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Address: Galle Road | Colombo, Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: 77 293 8338
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Well worth a visit

See cute little turtles only a few days old, what great little swimmers! Plus larger turtles being cared for before being released back to the sea, plus turtle eggs of different... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Philip P
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Sydney, Australia
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We came across the turtle hatchery by accident, but really pleased we did. The hatchery is run by a guy who is serious about turtle conservation and has dedicated his life to this. He has run the hatchery for many years, but sadly lost most of his family in the 2004 tsunami. The hatchery has been rebuilt since and is... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

See cute little turtles only a few days old, what great little swimmers! Plus larger turtles being cared for before being released back to the sea, plus turtle eggs of different types.

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Thank Philip P
Brighton, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place is run by a really lovely devoted, inspiring guy, who was very open and willing to talk about the places history. He sadly lost family in the recent tsunami that struck the coast of Sri Lanka and the hatchery was completely destroyed. It has since been rebuilt from charity donations and is helped out by volunteers and donations... More 

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We were staying in Galle Old Fort and travelled here on the bus, to hikkaduwa, which took about 30 minutes and cost 35rps each, each way. Then at the bus stop we took a tuk tuk which was only 3km away. All very easy and worthwhile to get to this amazing place. We feel thrilled to have had the opportunity... More 

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Thank Anna C
Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This place was better than I expected. We've been to other conservation places and they aren't half as good. It's a small establishment run by two brothers, formerly by their elder sister who died in the tsunami. It was established by their father however. This is definitely a place to visit as you learn about the turtles from the volunteers.... More 

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Thank Shayan N
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We took some time to talk the to man who runs this great place. Such a sad story he lost his family in the tsunami, but now puts all his energy into such a great cause. Met this man and be inspires

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Thank lkwlkr
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

First of all, get the GPS location from Tripadvisor/Google for "Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project" and store it in your maps. Secondly ask for Kosgoda tutle hatchery even if the tuk tuk/taxi operator drops you at Inaruwa or some other place. The 'real turtle hatchery' is run by a fisherman and few volunteers and is doing lot of things for... More 

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Singapore
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here and the kids loved it - they learnt alot about turtles and eels and had fun picking up the babies. It was a nice stop on a day tour to various places, but wouldn't put it on the must do list for adults.

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Thank Wendy M
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the turtle hatchery this morning and I found the experience to be overwhelming. They really look after the turtles. They save them and nurture them back to sea,our guide was full of information which was so informative. We held the turtles which was surreal. Highly recommend

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Thank Waltersjs2013
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Worth a visit if your in hikaduwa, takes roughly and hour and a half. Various species of turtles are kept here in preparation for their relate back to the wild. The owner of the hatchery gives am interesting description on each of the types of turtle and the problems they face in the wild. You are also able to pick... More 

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