Looking to make your holiday to Sri Lanka truly enriching? Consider visiting the Induruwa Turtle Conservation Project when in Hikkaduwa where you can learn about conservation efforts and get involved too.
This conservation project can be found along the shores of Induruwa in the island’s south coast. Those staying at Hikkaduwa hotels including the likes of Hikka Tranz by Cinnamon can plan an excursion to this site which is around a 45-minute drive away.
Know Your Turtles
There are seven sea turtles species in the world, five of which come to Sri Lanka in order to breed and nest; these are the Loggerhead, Hawksbill, Green, Leatherback and Olive Ridley turtles, some of which can be seen at the Induruwa Turtle Conservation Project.
What to Expect
When you reach the site you will come across tanks where disabled or injured turtles are looked after. There is also a section in the sand with turtle eggs; these have been carefully removed from the shore and buried away from human and animal predators. Once hatched and ready, the baby turtles are returned to the beach where they safely make their way to the ocean.
Making a Difference
The Induruwa Turtle Conservation Project has a vision of conserving turtles and protecting their numbers. Eggs are collected from the beach and even bought from fishermen so they can be hatched safety. The centre also has a volunteer programme for those interested in getting involved in turtle care which includes the immensely satisfying release of baby turtles!