Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project

Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project

Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project
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  • Charlotte Freeman
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing!
    Once in a lifetime experience! Dudley & his team were very welcoming, they have full knowledge about the turtles and able to answer any question. I was fully involved with the group with cleaning out the turtle tanks and were very lucky to release baby into the sea. Additionally, I was staying in the accommodation and the food was very good and authentic!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Laurine SC
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful
    I spent two months (November and December) as a volunteer with a friend in the turtle conservation project, it was really very enriching I loved this experience we were really able to participate in the preservation of turtles, we also cleaning the beaches and giving English lessons to young children from the village who were all wonderful! I recommend this experience 100%, Sri Lanka is a magnificent country and the people are also very kind and welcoming! It was a pleasure to share all these moments with the members of the project who were great and incredibly kind to us! Thank you again for everything I will never forget these moments spent with you ❤️
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 December 2023
  • Enza B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience
    Superb experience within the sea turtle conservation project in Kosgoda. A wonderful protection organization. Very nice team carrying the eggs and young newborns in the long term because they are the only ones to maintain them for 5 years until it is optimal to release them. Thanks to Dudley, Padmi and Prosentha for putting their heart and soul into this project. An unforgettable experience, I will never forget.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 December 2023
  • Blaithin O
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Review
    Had a fantastic time especially teaching kids. Thank you to Dudley and his family for looking after me so well and feeding me very well. I really enjoyed the turtle release the most. It was a fantastic experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone travelling alone.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 January 2024
  • Aziz
    Boca Raton, Florida10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Relaxing and enjoinment
    I had an excellent time plus an outstanding service. I was recognized as an Ambassador member. The check in/ check out process was very smooth and the staff were very friendly and helpful which led to a relaxing and enjoyable stay. I strongly believe that due to the great efforts exerted by the General manager Mr. Mano Gunasekera and his very energetic Guest services manager Tharangi Peiris and their dedicated staff, this stay was fruitful and enjoyable. Moreover, I managed to visit Galle city Fort on the recommendation of the GM and it was ver rewarding. My immense thankfulness to Mr. Mano, Ms Peiris, Nishantha (the very nice driver) and to their great staff.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 January 2024
  • Валентина М
    Moscow, Russia18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Turtles safety
    I really liked it! There is a staff who conducts the tour in Russian or English. They talk about wounded turtles, eggs and turtles safety 🐢🐢🐢 It's a good thing to pay for a ticket when you know that this money is going to a good cause. All the turtles in the treatment were harmed by humans!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 February 2024
  • Oli&Tash
    Bangkok, Thailand182 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for small children
    Brilliant experience for our children. The guide spoke great English and was very engaging to the children. The turtles were amazing, we were lucky to see 3 hatch and my daughter was allowed to help carry them to the tank. Easy to find, easy to park, affordable, 30mins is enough so great for smaller kids
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 April 2024
  • Eva H
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommended.
    I highly recommend this centre for anyone who wants to learn about turtles and cares about conservation. First of all, there are many turtle conservation sites along this road and there is one with a similar name not far from this one. I think it would be easy to confuse the two. My husband and I visited this centre during the day and were given a very informative tour in English by one of the staff. She explained their processes, how often the tanks are cleaned and gave us a lot of information about the turtles. I liked that we were only allowed to pat one specific turtle. We went back the next day in the evening to release some newly hatched turtles. That was a fantastic experience. I had called several other centres and had been told to just come at any time to release, even though there is a high chance that eagles and other large birds would prey on them if released during daylight. But at this place they actually waited until it was dusk and the eagles had stopped circling. We really appreciated the value the staff placed on the lives of each of these baby turtles. You can also volunteer at this centre for up to 3 months. We met one of the volunteers who was also really informative.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 June 2024
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laura c
United Kingdom211 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
My husband and I had a great time. Dudley was very knowledgeable and you can really tell he cares a lot about the turtles. Dudley mentioned we could release baby turtles so we went back that evening to release 10 baby turtles. It was an amazing experience, also emotional seeing them head off into the water. Thank you Dudley we had a great time.
Tip for travellers, we asked a tuk tuk driver to take us to this Turtle sanctuary however he took us to a different one (it had the same name) its because this certain turtle sanctuary charge more for admission and give some money to the tuk tuk driver. This is unfair. When you arrive ask if Dudley works there. I don't want Dudley losing business because he generally cares about the turtles. 🐢 I have added a picture of the sign.
Written 13 February 2023
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Esther A
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Solo
I volunteered at this project for a month and it was the best experience!

I was travelling alone in Sri Lanka but immediately Dudley and his family made me feel so welcome at the project and I settled in straight away. I felt so cared for, the food was incredible and it is a lovely living environment for volunteers.

The volunteer house was clean, very close to the sanctuary and felt very homely! Beds were comfortable and I slept very well.

As a volunteer we also participated in regular beach cleans which was great as it felt good to actively take care of where the mother turtles were coming and laying their eggs, making a difference in their safety and conservation of their environment.

As a visitor, you get to see how well the turtles are cared for, whether they are older rescues or baby turtles that have hatched and will be released back into the wild. I would definitely recommend booking to release baby turtles which was very popular for tourists and is such an amazing experience as it is done in the evening and the sunsets are incredibly beautiful!

Thank you all so much for making my time here so amazing! I enjoyed every second and will definitely be returning.
Written 14 April 2022
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pankaj bansal
New Delhi, India428 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
It’s good cause
You are not allowed to touch the turtles. You can see the turtle if one week to four years old. The average lifespan of title is 80-90 years. You can also do the volunteering there. If you can call them and find out what time they are going to release the turtle in the sea then visit at that time. Ticket cost for non Sri Lankan is Rs. 1000/- which is on higher side compared to a local Rs. 500/- but it is for good cause.
Written 2 January 2020
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Asitha Gunawardena
Sri Lanka2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
Never visit this place. The only thing to see here are few dead baby turtles and an arrogant ten year boy handling the ticket counter. He refused to give us tickets saying they are for guests but charged Rs.250 each to enter.
Written 6 June 2023
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Tagstar69
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Family
This sea turtle conservation centre is doing great things to ensure that the injured and resued turtles live out their lives as comfortably as possible. The actual centre looks a bit rundown but it's all run on charity donations from visitors and I honestly believe that the people working there love the turtles immensely.
It's worth a visit to fall in love with the guests that are lucky enough to be rescued and cared for in this place.
Then there's the little newly hatched turtles that are adorable too.
Altogether a lovely experience and definitely worth a visit to experience these majestic beauties. Any donations are helping to keep this project on track and ensuring there is help at hand for any needy guests...
Tagimuri Clan from Cumbria UK...
Written 3 January 2022
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Eva H
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
I highly recommend this centre for anyone who wants to learn about turtles and cares about conservation.
First of all, there are many turtle conservation sites along this road and there is one with a similar name not far from this one. I think it would be easy to confuse the two.

My husband and I visited this centre during the day and were given a very informative tour in English by one of the staff. She explained their processes, how often the tanks are cleaned and gave us a lot of information about the turtles.
I liked that we were only allowed to pat one specific turtle.

We went back the next day in the evening to release some newly hatched turtles. That was a fantastic experience. I had called several other centres and had been told to just come at any time to release, even though there is a high chance that eagles and other large birds would prey on them if released during daylight.
But at this place they actually waited until it was dusk and the eagles had stopped circling. We really appreciated the value the staff placed on the lives of each of these baby turtles.
You can also volunteer at this centre for up to 3 months. We met one of the volunteers who was also really informative.
Written 12 June 2024
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Bhaskar_10
New Delhi, India3,131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Visited on 21 February 2020

The turtle conservation project undertaken by Sri Lankan Govt. is commendable and many organizations have come forward to support the cause. Well funded both by the local govt as well as by global fund raising the project is a success.

The hatcheries have trained workers and they keep records of the conservation work done year on year.

We visited one of the hatcheries and found the experience very satisfying.

Support this environmental cause.
Written 26 April 2020
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Oli&Tash
Bangkok, Thailand182 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Brilliant experience for our children. The guide spoke great English and was very engaging to the children. The turtles were amazing, we were lucky to see 3 hatch and my daughter was allowed to help carry them to the tank.

Easy to find, easy to park, affordable, 30mins is enough so great for smaller kids
Written 8 April 2024
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Catherine V
76 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is an educational experience that shows you why conservation of turtle species is required, the impacts of plastic in our oceans etc. You see at close hand a number of turtle species, I saw day old turtle hatchlings. I was a little bit concerned about holding one because I did not want to cause any distress to the turtle but trusted the guide. The part of the project that impressed me the most was the care provided for disabled turtles, either those born with shell deformities or one blind turtle who required hand feeding and those with injuries caused by fishing methods etc.
Please choose to visit this project rather than those facilities just there to allow tourists contact with turtles. The tuk tuk drivers all have their preferred projects relating to commission they receive so please ask for this specific project if you are in the area, only 500 rupees to enter.
Written 23 January 2020
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sunsab57
Vienna, Austria9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Though the farm itself is good, informative and worth visiting but the persons running the place or their employees are scamsters who charge foreign visitors US$10 as entrance fee per person! They don't provide any tickets and neither anywhere it's mentioned that there is any entry fee. BE AWARE!!
Written 5 June 2024
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