Ahungalla Sea Turtles Conservation And Research Center

Ahungalla Sea Turtles Conservation And Research Center

Ahungalla Sea Turtles Conservation And Research Center
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You can join in our effort to save these endangered creatures. We welcome local and international visitors to share the experience of the baby sea turtle release or see the process in action for education and awareness of sea turtle issues.
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  • cherylkoshy
    Mumbai, India11 contributions
    Great Experience!
    Must go to this turtle sanctuary! We were impressed with how well the place is maintained, the guides are so informative and helpful. The kids learnt a lot about turtles. They are fairly priced and there's no pressure to donate or pay more for anything. It's all your choice so its a great experience about the turtles and not about pushing tourism.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 4, 2023
  • Anu. C
    Salmiya, Kuwait15 contributions
    One time visit
    Lot of the pictures you see on internet is not the reality. There was onky 2 baby turtles when we whent. They dont allow you to touch or hold them in your hands. You can see the other turtles in their enclosure. Great work in rehabilitating and rescusing injured turtles. Not many turtles. Maybe a total of 20. There is also few fish tanks.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 23, 2023
  • Susan E
    31 contributions
    Excellent Visit
    Worthwhile visit with knowledgeable guides who were able to provide interesting facts and information. So sad to see the turtles who were no longer able to dive for food, reproduce or lay eggs, solely due to their consumption of plastic. They will remain at the sanctuary until they die at a very early age of between 10 to 15 years. Definitely worth a visit and no, you can't touch the turtles but would you like someone you didn't know touch you?! I think not 😀
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 6, 2023
  • aayushthakral
    New Delhi, India41 contributions
    Overpriced, look at other alternatives
    There are a number of turtle hatcheries and conservation centres in Sri Lanka This one is among the more expensive one. They charge USD15 / person for a 15 minutes tour. Since we enjoyed watching the different types of turtles and the aquariums which had sharks, star fish eels and a few other aquatic creatures - that’s why I still rate this as 3 stars. Funny thing - the tour guide who spent 15-20 minutes with us was suggesting we donate money and also hinting at tips for his service. However there are other turtle farms / hatcheries which are equally good and priced lower. This one seemed just a rip off.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written December 28, 2023
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Manishakatarya
New Delhi, India12 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
These people are basically overpriced …highly over price for tourist so while a normal turtle farm ticket per person ideally cost 500 they would charge you 2000 per ticket …not only that it’s not even worth it because once you enter the entire experiences You would feel cheated by heavy ticket . … it is a prison for turtles which are hurt in the process of capturing and bred for business. While they quote it to be a hospital it is a business.They also have tie up with taxi etc to ensure they get walk-in.
I recommend visiting the hikkaduwa beach and see the turtles in their natural habitat. The feeling of seeing the free turtles would give happiness while the turtle farm will feel sad and depressing and you would feel cheated because of their tourist special price which is not even worth it
Written March 30, 2022
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Achal S
Mumbai, India7 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
Absolute rip-off. No published rates on the website or at the centre. Charged $15 per adult for a 10 minute 'tour' that was a farce. No receipt given for the ticket. Say they are doing it for conservation but I only saw the 'con' part. Waste of time so please avoid.
Written December 20, 2023
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foxylady23
London, UK429 contributions
Feb 2022
Lots of information about the turtles, from the eggs to those with skin conditions.
The fishermen are paid to bring eggs to the centre so that they can be incubated under no threat. There were albino turtles, who would have been very noticeable out in the ocean. There were turtles being treated for skin conditions, which when cured, would be set out into the ocean again. Sadly there were turtles who were pull of plastics and so could not sink into the water, they only floated.
There are many such centres in Sri Lanka and are doing a great job in the conservation of the turtles
Written February 20, 2022
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Rod_Var_Pa
Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia11 contributions
Apr 2023 • Family
I got charged 20 USD per person which included the turtle release and I was expecting a better aquarium, they just charge a lot for tourists and the aquarium is quite poor, there are other aquarium that charge less for the same experience. There was only 6 small tanks for the turtles and a few tanks with lobster and some fish. I was driven there by my driver, for sure he was involved with them. My advice is to do your research and go there do not follow taxi drivers recommendation.
Written April 21, 2023
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Susan E
31 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Worthwhile visit with knowledgeable guides who were able to provide interesting facts and information. So sad to see the turtles who were no longer able to dive for food, reproduce or lay eggs, solely due to their consumption of plastic. They will remain at the sanctuary until they die at a very early age of between 10 to 15 years. Definitely worth a visit and no, you can't touch the turtles but would you like someone you didn't know touch you?! I think not 😀
Written December 6, 2023
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Sanni N
8 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
We were taken here by our driver. We didn’t really do our research beforehand, that’s a lesson learned. Overall the guide wasn’t too bad and we learned a lot, but at $20 per person it’s definitely a rip off. The saddest thing and why I rated this place poorly is the turtles. This place seems more like a tourist trap than an actual sanctuary that does good. The turtles were trapped in tiny little pools, some for the rest of their lives. I doubt the turtles would choose to live that way, swimming around a little pool that’s only double their size for many, many, many years to come. The guide also asked for donations on top of the ticket price, which he said goes to a vet that helps the turtles, but I’m quite sure the tips are just shared by the staff members.
Written January 26, 2024
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cherylkoshy
Mumbai, India11 contributions
May 2023
Must go to this turtle sanctuary! We were impressed with how well the place is maintained, the guides are so informative and helpful. The kids learnt a lot about turtles. They are fairly priced and there's no pressure to donate or pay more for anything. It's all your choice so its a great experience about the turtles and not about pushing tourism.
Written May 5, 2023
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MarkTBegg
East Calder, UK126 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
I liked this place but felt it needed a cash injection so the tanks could be made bigger. It is helping turtles but the bigger one’s look like they are stuck in small tanks and not allot of room. It was great to see them and hear the stories about them but just felt it should be bigger. Keep up the good work tho
Written January 25, 2020
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Anu. C
Salmiya, Kuwait15 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
Lot of the pictures you see on internet is not the reality.
There was onky 2 baby turtles when we whent. They dont allow you to touch or hold them in your hands.
You can see the other turtles in their enclosure.
Great work in rehabilitating and rescusing injured turtles.
Not many turtles. Maybe a total of 20.
There is also few fish tanks.
Written September 23, 2023
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Summer
Birmingham, UK39 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
I felt feeling really bummed out tbh
It was amazing seeing turtles in real life but the excitement was short lived when I realised that some of them would spend their long lives in a completely empty tank barely bigger than them for their reasonably long lives.
One of them destined to be miserable was an albino so otherwise fit and healthy but just slightly more vulnerable to predators and instead of letting it roam free for however long nature allows, they want to keep them in a barren tank and a tourist attraction...horrible.
We were asked to donate towards the 'hospital' they were building too. We asked about vets and got a very wishy washy answer too.
There was a mutilated turtle with just one fin that couldn't swim that was in a shallow tank big enough for its body which obviously couldn't be released as it would never swim, instead of putting it out of its misery it's left to sit in 4 inches of water, facing a blue wall to get touched by humans all day every day. I asked our guide if he'd be happy if he was just a body facing a wall and he laughed (language barrier). The tanks for the black tips and other fish are just fibre glass with no vegetation or places to hide, just bubbles.

Baby turtles need to make the run from the nest to the sea to calibrate their navigation system so I'm not sure how they make sure that still happens either.
I'm not convinced that the animals are being rehabilitated and set free to be honest.
Written September 6, 2023
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