Induruwa Sea Turtle Conservation Project & Sea Turtle Information Center

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Induruwa Sea Turtle Conservation Project & Sea Turtle Information Center

Induruwa Sea Turtle Conservation Project & Sea Turtle Information Center
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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One of a kind turtle conservation center in turtle hatching location in Sri Lanka. Induruwa is the city which this conservation fall in to. This conservation encourages people to educate Turtle conservation and helping lively hood of people who operate these projects. This location explain clearly and demonstrate conservation and progress towards elimination of poaching Albino turtles
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Marius B
Cluj-Napoca, Romania67 contributions
Dec 2019
Great way to understand turtle wildlife in Sri Lanka. We paid 1000 LKR per person (price differs depending if it's crowded or not) and a guide walked us through every tank of turtles explaining us the types and risks. Very informative!
Written January 5, 2020
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Mukul A
New Delhi, India334 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
This place was only a few kms away from our hotel at Bentota beach. There is another sea turtle conservatory project at Kosgoda, but our cab driver suggested this one for the fact that it has a White Sea turtle which is a rarity. As the name is self explanatory : it’s a turtle conservation project. They keep turtles till they grow up upto a certain extent and release them when they are fit enough to survive on their own. They have turtles as young as one day old. They explain you about how turtles are born. Also you can touch and lift these turtles for pictures. People of all ages would love to visit this place.
Written February 15, 2021
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Patrick H
Leipheim, Germany93 contributions
Jan 2020
Very, very interesing at 1000 rupees entrance fee. The guide led us very quickly through the compound most probably because a large group of people were next. It is worth a visit although the area needs a face lift.
Written February 29, 2020
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aveboh
Malmö, Sweden6 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
Our guide seemed to want to do the tour as quickly as possible and also due to the language barrier this made our visit not worth the money. Maybe they are doing a great job but seeing the condition where the disabled turtles where kept, was terrible. These beautiful creatures just floating around in small concrete “pools” for the rest of their life.
Written March 16, 2022
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Sophia R
1 contribution
Apr 2022 • Friends
The Induruwa Sea Turtle Conservatiom Project was really beautiful and informative.
The owner was really nice, talked to us in fluent German and explained everything about the project. We learned a lot about different turtles, about them growing up, about the eggs, about the problems and dangers they have to face, etc.
We admire the work and passion he puts into this project.
It’s really worth it to go there.
Written April 10, 2022
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Lesley P
2 contributions
Feb 2020
we came away very upset after our visit, the baby turtles, that had hatched In The early hours of the morning were exhausted swimming in a tank waiting for release in the evening, we were allowed to pick them up, and they just rested inyour hand.The large turtles kept in captivity for 3 to 4 years just so visitors can see them, they are in small tanks and looked distressed. There is no need to have fully grown turtles kept in captivity just for the benefit of visitors. The poor albino turtle just looked desperately sad, going from one end of the small tank to the other. This is not conservation in my book, more like a tourist stop off to get your entrance fee.
Written March 8, 2020
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mayianni
Eastcote, UK50 contributions
Feb 2019
We visited the hatchery with our 3 year old son. I have complete mixed feelings about this place. In terms of exposure to turtles and learning about the hatching and the different breeds, my little boy took away so much from this place, and for that I have happy memories. The guide was informative and great and at the time we had a nice visit.

The sad part is having done some research following the visit there were a number of issues:

1. They allowed (and encouraged) handling of the baby turtles - the newborns are prone to infection and parasites therefore allowing handling without gloves is concerning

2. The adult turtles confined in small tanks with no distractions or greenery. I understand a lot of the turtles have injuries and cannot be released into the wold, but their living conditions were not great

3. The Hawksbill was an unhealthy weight and had red marks on its shoulder showing signs of infection, potentially from infects water

It is a shame because it’s a wonderful concept in terms of conservation and also giving people education and exposure to turtle hatching, however more care and attention needs to be paid to the health and safety of these beautiful creatures.
Written March 3, 2019
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Paul S
Doha92 contributions
Dec 2017 • Family
We visited the Turtle conservation and were take around by the guide who spoke good English and explained all about the turtles. We were allowed to hold a turtle and were allowed to release baby turtles back into the sea. The site is quite small and there is a souvenir shop onsite.
Written January 26, 2018
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arnolot
Basel, Switzerland3 contributions
Jun 2017 • Family
good, experience to see turtles in small tanks.
they keep them for a long time, even the baby turtles are sometimes one week in a tank, and they tell to the visitors, the turtles just burn today.
it's more like a zoo or farm than like a conservation project.
I'm disappointed.
Written July 18, 2017
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SarahE68
Wiltshire50 contributions
Dec 2016 • Family
I visited this attraction along with my husband and 2 adult children recently. I thought the idea of hatching the turtle eggs and releasing the young back into the sea was a noble one but was upset to see several adult turtles also being kept in small concrete tanks too.

The man who showed us around explained that these turtles were injured as some had had a close encounter with motor boats etc, and he said that they wouldn't survive if they were released. I wonder how happy they were though to be so confined and constantly picked up by tourists. We were actively encouraged to hold the turtles which I was a bit uncomfortable with as I wonder how many times these more things are picked up every day. In hindsite, I wish I'd refused, but he was incredibly pursuasive. There was also a beautiful white turtle in a tank which the man began scratching on its shell saying he was very tickelish! The poor thing was just shrashing about trying to escape!

There seem to be several of these hatcheries along the coast in this area with seemingly similar facilities. I feel they would be of much more benefit to the turtles and be able to offer better facilities for them if they were to join together and pool resources into one, larger sanctuary.
Written January 1, 2017
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