KOSGODA Turtle Conservation and Research Centre

KOSGODA Turtle Conservation and Research Centre

KOSGODA Turtle Conservation and Research Centre
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Martin Š
Brno, Czech Republic10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
One big disappointment. I didn't find out the price anywhere on the website until after I arrived. 5000 LRS for 15 min tour. Which you don't know yet when buying a ticket. During the tour, the guide pushes you and you run at a jet pace past the small tanks with turtles and you don't have a moment to stop and take in the place. It's all one big tourist trap for your wallet and if I could just go by the feeling I get from it, it's your money that's at stake here. After paying this entrance fee, the assigned guide still looks at you at the end of the tour to ask for a tip and shows you a big donation box that you should donate to this project and finally they take you to the gift shop. It's more of a Disney-style tourist attraction. Little information about the whole environmental protection project and turtles in Sri Lanka, poor presentation of the whole project, including access to tourists, and I probably expected that the turtles would have a more natural environment than just small plastic or concrete tanks. Really a big disappointment.
Written February 12, 2024
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Rgojer
Bengaluru, India17 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
The place is in a terrible condition. The turtle are badly kept and the tanks are filthy. Lots of dead turtles floating in the tanks . There was a 10 year old kid manning the entire place who was permanently on his phone and no adults around at all. A very desolate place.
Written November 26, 2023
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Elise L
Levallois-Perret, France10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Couples
This place is wrong. A tuk-tuk driver took us there from the station when we were asking to go to the Sea Turtle Conservation Project. This place is a turtle farm, it does not help turtles, it only exists to make money, it's bad for the turtles. We went there and they offered us to touch and hold the turtles. The turtles were taken out of the water by a bunch of tourists and they were obviously stressed. This is wrong, it's mistreating animals. Please don't accept to hold turtles : it's bad for them and can also be bad for you as they can be covered in bacterias. Turtles are wild and vulnerable animals, we were terribly shocked to see all these people holding them and passing them around as if they were objects instead of living creatures. Be responsible and be kind, please go to the real Sea Turtle Conservation Project, it is very close to this place and they really know what they're doing. Please, take care of the turtles and DO NOT ACCEPT TO HOLD THEM !!!! Plus, they will charge you 1000 roupies which is a lot more than the Sea Turtle Conservation Project. RUN AWAY FROM THIS PLACE !!
Written January 20, 2017
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abch
Bengaluru, India29 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Family
What you get in return for the 1000 LKR per person ticket is very bad attitude of the people there. To top that, I didn't find any conservation activity there, leave apart research. This was one tourist spot where we went based on the driver's recommendation. I later read about other such organizations which seem to be much better - wish I did this study earlier.
One thing you need to note to avoid confusion in identifying this place - this so called turtle conservation and research centre in located in Kosgoda, but the name board would read "Arun & Aman Turtle Conservation and Research Centre, Duwamodara, Kosgoda".
Written April 21, 2017
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Patricia C
Newcastle, Australia25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Friends
We visited the centre as part of a half day tour arranged by Pandanus Beach Resort. It is a very unasuming place from outside but our guide Arun, was a 16yr old boy with so much passion and enthusiasm for protecting the turtles. It was established after the tsunami with funds provided by an english lady. Arun explained that they don't release the turtles as hatchlings but wait until they are around 6mnths old and have a better survival rate. Some sanctuaries released them daily when they are very vunerable.
We saw the area where the eggs are hatched, the various stages of the turtles and the different types of turtles. It was fantastic to see Lilly who was 129yrs old and had her flipper cut off by fishing gut. She was to be given a prosthetic flipper soon and would then be released back into the ocean to hopefully mate.
Hopefully you will go to support the work they are doing and also ask for Arun as a guide. His dream is to be a marine biologist!
Written March 26, 2017
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Deepika
Thane, India152 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
The sea turtle conservation center was interesting and provides an insight into the plight of the sea turtle and the need for conservation. The guys really put in a lot of effort to take care of them. They have turtles are kept in tanks and released once they are old enough to take care of themselves. The place is good if you enjoy looking at them. It does not take more than half an hour.
Written January 6, 2019
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Danielle F
Seaford, UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018
Absolutely fabulous experience! Excellent for all ages. The tour is only around 30 mins (but in the heat this was long enough for us) and is only 1000 rupees entry. You see the turtles and are told about them, we were even lucky enough to see some hatch! We then paid extra (1500 rupees) to release some into the sea, they do this at sunset to reduce the risk of the birds killing them, so go around this time if you want to release them. It’s a truly lovely experience, and they rely heavily on donations to keep it going so we all ensured to donate.
Written March 30, 2018
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Zheng A
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Friends
Very horrible experience. The staff at there invite us at the station to the site. When we refuse, he kept following us for almost 2km, which is very annoying and uncomfortable.

真的是很糟糕 他們的職員在我們下火車站的時候一直跟我們推銷 我們已經很堅定的拒絕 他居然跟著我們走了2km 我們作為外國人真的完全給他嚇到 很可怕一直趕不走 這間東西應該倒閉!
Written July 30, 2017
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LEH1_11
Cumbria, UK134 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Couples
We were approached by people from this centre, asking us if we would like to see their "turtle farm" for 500 rupees each. We said no, though we did end up walking through the centre to visit something else they suggested (which turned out to be scam). I think "turtle farm" is a more accurate description of what is going on here.

I wouldn't recommend visiting.
Written January 22, 2017
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EngAhmed82
42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Family
Nice place where you can touch and hold sea turtles. They have tiny little turtles and huge ones. The children enjoyed it. Cost 1000 for adults and 500 for kids.
Written December 25, 2016
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