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Kosgoda Sri Lanka

While the centuries-old demand for cinnamon, Sri Lanka’s premier spice, is at the historic heart of this popular beach resort, it is its renowned sea-turtle conservation project that has put the village on the eco-tourism map.
Overseen by the Wildlife Protection Society of Sri Lanka, the project was established in 1988 to protect Sri Lanka’s turtles from extinction by providing protected hatcheries and nurturing the young as they emerge from the eggs.
This more-or-less typical coastal village was badly hit by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and many foreign and local aid agencies, including Sri Lanka’s Inner Wheel, joined to rebuild and reconstruct the local community.
Projects included the nearby Future for Children UNESCO Village, which boasts two orphanages, a nursery, four school buildings and vocational-training and first-aid centers.
Thanks to this magnificent multinational effort, including establishing close ties with the local tourism and hospitality providers, hundreds of local children can now look forward to a secure future.
It has also provided a perfect opportunity over the years for some of Kosgoda’s many tourists and visitors to become involved as volunteers, which Future for Children depends on to take the project forward.
But for most visitors, it is the beautiful beach and resort facilities that are the prime attractions, and the fact that it is also a great jumping-off point for visits to the hinterland’s many alternative attractions.
These include Kosgoda Lagoon, another west-coast mangrove wetland perfect for bird-watching and boat trips, and a perfect way to get to know the ins-and-outs of Sri Lanka’s culture and history.

Activities in Kosgoda

Turtle Watching

Five out of the seven species of sea Turtles come ashore to nest in Sri Lanka , making it an ideal country to go Turtle Watching. Turtles are very nervous when they are looking for a place to nest and can therefore be easily scared.

Attractions in Kosgoda

Turtle Hatchery

The turtle hatchery at Hikkaduwa is a must-visit for all those who want to see these amazing animals survive and thrive after years of predation throughout the Indian Ocean.

Turtle Conservation center

Since 2003 OTCP (Our Turtle Conservation Project) has been hard at work ensuring the hatching, release, preserving and protecting of one of the sea's most fascinating creatures - The Sea Turtle. As the name implies, it is a local initiative that aims to educate both locals and tourists about the importance of protecting these incredible sea dwellers, in a fun and interactive environment. Milan the project leader and committee chairman, along with a team of up to 4 volunteers, and sometimes a helping hand from the local fishermen in the area, are always at hand to proudly show you the work that they are doing. From their eagerness to show you around, to pointing out just what has been achieved from visitor donations, their pride and sense of accomplishment is very visible.

Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery

The Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project began with local schoolboy Dudley Perera’s determination to help protect these beautiful but endangered animals. Thirty years later, its main focus is the hatchery, where eggs hatch safely away from predators, including human poachers, before the young are released into the sea. KSTCP also undertakes night patrols to ensure that females can lay their eggs undisturbed after travelling thousands of miles across the world’s oceans to the same spot that they themselves were hatched. Says Dudley: “As important as the project is, it is part of a close community and … Kosgoda is home to the most amazing and resilient people as well as turtles.”

Holiday Packages in Kosgoda

Family Adventure & Culture

Kandy | Bentota | Negombo | Sigiriya | Nuwara Eliya

This is a most popular Sri Lanka holiday package among adventure & culture loving families.

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