Home to stunning beaches, mountains, rainforests, delicious food and must-see sights, it’s not surprising Sri Lanka has risen to the top of everyone’s travel bucket list of late.
The island itself is only just over 400km wide, so all parts are fairly accessible, but if you’re planning a visit you’ll want to carve out some time in your itinerary with a special sojourn to the Kosgoda Turtle Conservation Centre.
Just a short drive from Galle and Unawatuna, the sanctuary sits within a coastal village on the South Western stretch of the island. It aims to protect increasingly endangered sea turtles by protecting their eggs and increasing hatching rates. What’s more, they also treat disabled and injured turtles that have been harmed due to boats and fishing.
If we’re pulling at your heartstrings, we have good news. You can play a very important part in aiding in the survival of these incredible creatures. Kosgoda is welcoming visitors and local volunteers to share the experience of a baby sea turtle release as well as be educated about the dangers facing turtles in the oceans and on land. Other activities you might be tasked with include night beach walk patrols to spot potential nesting, gathering nests and food, even helping to clean injured turtles.
Although October to April is the main laying season, some eggs (mostly green turtles) can be found at Kosgoda throughout the year. If you’re looking for a volunteer holiday that is equal parts rewarding and heart-warming, you’ve found it.
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