Kosgoda is one of the small coastal village in the south west in Sri Lanka. It is located in approximately 76 kilometers south of Colombo. Sandy beaches and small turtles attempt to make sure your holiday. Kosgoda is famous for its sea turtle conservation project operated by the Wild Life Protection Society of Sri Lanka. Witness how the newborn turtles are being cared for until they are ready to be released back to the ocean. The wide sandy beaches that exist round the island of Sri Lanka are utilized by several of the marine turtles for laying their eggs. The commonest of these are the Loggerheads and the Leathery turtle while the green turtle is a less common visitor. It was established in 1988 to protect Sri Lanka’s turtles from extinction. Since then it has released about 3.5 million baby turtles into the wild. The hatchery pays fishermen for eggs that they collect at night along the long sandy beach. Although October to April is the main laying season, some eggs (mostly green turtles) can be found at Kosgoda throughout the year. The hatchery buries the eggs in the sand, and when they hatch around 50 days later the baby turtles are released into the sea at night. Only about one in 1,000 turtles survive to maturity.

In the past Kosgoda was a cinnamon trading market. Prior to the arrival of Europeans the Sinhala kings had been long been trading in cinnamon, with Sri Lanka’s cinnamon considered to be the world’s finest, selling on the European markets at a high price.

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