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Sea Turtle Hatchery Centre Mahamodara

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Colombo - Galle Main Road | Beach Front, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
+94 75 540 2553
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Nicest place every to see sea turtles recovering!

We are two dutch girls, Zifra and Daphne, and we visited this very nice sea turtle hatchery centre... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Zifra d
via mobile
A random visit to the nearest turtle hatchery in Galle turned out to be a great experience!

This place was a delightful surprise for anyone who believes in conservation of these amazing... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
GayaniH
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Welcome to Sea Turtle Hatchery - Mahamodara. We rescue turtles who are in danger of loosing their lives to the fishing industry whether they are caught in nets or hunted for meat. We currently have 40 turtles, including 4 types of turtle. All are welcome to come and visit to see and learn about Tara turtles here in Sri Lanka.
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good17%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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“baby turtles” (35 reviews)
“eggs” (30 reviews)
“tuk tuk” (37 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Colombo - Galle Main Road | Beach Front, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
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+94 75 540 2553
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We are two dutch girls, Zifra and Daphne, and we visited this very nice sea turtle hatchery centre in Mahamodara. The best thing about this place is that the sea turtles are the most important animals and they have the nicest owner they can imagine....More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

This place was a delightful surprise for anyone who believes in conservation of these amazing creatures! I highly recommend this place to anyone who wants to learn about the five species of turtles that come ashore to nest in Sri Lanka. Doubling as a hatchery...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

The owner showed us around and was happy to answer any questions we had. Make sure you visit. They are doing great work there. Most of the turtles were rescused by fishermen and were injured badly. Although it is not on the main Columbo to...More

1  Thank Kay K
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Kids loved it - only takes about half an hour. They do some great work and need the funding to keep it going - so good to support it

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

So we went to this place today. The turtles were beautiful however there was a sinister undercurrent beneath the surface. The "owner" a commercial Sri Lankan business woman had an ulteria motive. She collected RP500 from 5 of us as we entered, she then grabbed...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

FIRSTLY, the turtles are not released, they are kept in these tiny cages for years. She told us a turtle with a fin bitten off by a shark was brought in yesterday, but upon reading reviews it is clear it has been here for over...More

1  Thank Ashleigh2583
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Although the lady working there claims they regularly take in turtles, help them and then return them to the ocean. However, its not true! Going back through the photos, the same turtles have been in the small cages for years. They lie to their customers,...More

1  Thank madsy3112
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The family look after rescued turtles and have reburied eggs to keep them safe. There was a large turtle who was missing a limb following a shark bite. Another tank held baby turtles. The lady was knowledgable and allowed my daughter to hold a turtle...More

Thank Maria H
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Reviewed 4 days ago

What an interesting diversion on the long drive from Colombo to Galle! It's heart warming to hear the tales of hundreds of turtle eggs being rescued, hatched, nurtured and returned to their natural environment. This is truly a hands on experience and well worth the...More

Thank LawandaK
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We loved seeing the amazing work of this family rehabilitating injured or sick turtles and releasing them back into the ocean. The sweet daughter showed us around and practiced her perfect English. We highly recommend checking out this spot and talking more about conservation in...More

1  Thank SBrentTippen
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argentsp
June 9, 2018|
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Response from DavidNPepperell | Reviewed this property |
The hatchery is on one level so a wheelchair is no problem but the toilet is pretty primitive, as are so many in Sri Lanka, so that might present a difficulty.
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AJ92011
February 2, 2018|
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Response from Chloe H | Reviewed this property |
Hi yes tuk tuk is good way to get there. It is small and simple, we liked it and kids learnt a lot about the turtles and the efforts to save them. That night a giant turtle came up the beach and laid her eggs right in front... More
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December 12, 2017|
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Response from Rick B | Reviewed this property |
1000 lkr per person and you can also make a donation (we gave an extra 500 for 2 which seemed fair). The owner has a tuktuk and can help you with transport.
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