Sri Lanka is fortunate that out of the seven marine turtles in the world, five can be seen in the local shores. If you stay in villas near Galle, you can easily spot one or more of them. When you take a vacation to holiday villas in Sri Lanka, turtle watching is one of the top things to do.?
Marine Turtles in Sri Lanka
There are five species of marine turtles that come to lay and nest in Sri Lanka. You get the green turtle, olive ridley, leatherback, hawksbill, and loggerhead. The highest numbers of green turtles are found in Rekawa and Kosgoda areas. When you stay on the south coast rent villas in Galle for accommodation. This will give you easy access to the turtle hatcheries around the area.?
The Olive Ridleys, the smallest of the marine turtles are the most common species to come to the local beaches. The massive leatherbacks love to come to the local seas to feed on jellyfish. The hawksbill turtles are easily identified by their hawk-like pointed beak and colourful shell. They live on toxins from shellfish and jellyfish. The least common marine turtle to visit Sri Lanka is the loggerheads and they usually live off mussels, sponges, and jellyfish.
Turtle Hatcheries in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s southwest coast is home to several turtle hatcheries and conservation projects. When you ride down the Galle road towards the latter part of the coastal belt you will come across various turtle hatcheries. Most of these are focused on saving the endangered marine turtles that come to the Lankan shores. Sri Lanka’s beaches are favoured breeding spots for marine turtles. Bentota, Induruwa, Kosgoda, Ahungalle, Unawatuna, and Hikkaduwa are the preferred nesting areas for these endangered species in the country.