Sri Lanka is one of the world’s most important breeding spots for the endangered Sea Turtles. On the fringes of Koggala town is a small turtle hatchery that first opened in 1996. In an effort to promote responsible tourism and conservation, the hatchery buys turtle eggs off fishermen, in an attempt to discourage them from poaching & selling the eggs for food. Visitors are educated on the importance of protecting turtle life, via the hatchery’s facilities that care for newborn turtles until they are ready to be released back into the ocean, an experience that some lucky visitors may even have the opportunity to do themselves first-hand!
The sandy beaches are utilized by several of the marine turtles for laying their eggs. Sometimes visitors can rarely observe turtles laying their eggs at knight on the beach. The commonest of these are the Loggerheads and the Leathery Turtle while the Green Turtle is a less common visitor. How the newborn turtles are being cared for until they are ready to be released back to the ocean can be witnessed.