Hikkaduwa Turtle Hatchery is a beautiful tourist attraction destination in Srilanka. On the beach about 2 kms north of Hikkaduwa is a very small private Turtle Research Center, which works to protect this endangered species. Srilanka’s south-west coast is ‘turtle-heaven’with five of the seven species of SeaTurtles frequenting its shores.A popular nesting ground for SeaTurtles,the nesting season from October to April sees each female turtle lay as many as 180 small,white eggs along the beach near Hikkaduwa. with the eggs requiring warmth to hatch,female turtles guard their eggs for a few days before abandoning them safely buried in the warm sand.Unfortunately,humans pose a threat to these sea creatures whose meat and are sold popular delicacies.
The turtle hatcheries which started off in hikkaduwa and are now visible at many more locations on the southern Eggs are collected or bought from local villagers and buried in the sand hatchery. If there is lot of sunshine they hatch after 48 days. If it is raining it can take up to 60 days before the turtles emerge from the eggs. They are then placed in the tanks and for first 3 days remain without food to cleanse them of material ingested form the eggshell. They are then given small pieces of fish for a further 7 days. Learning to dive down into the tank to take the food. When they and do this. They can be safely released into the sea where they can fish
for themselves on the coral reefs. The turtles are one of the rare species found in the world. Some of the species popular in Sri Lanka are the olive ridley , leatherback turtle, green turtle, hawksbill turtle and loggerhead turtle. We were told that the turtles are fed small fish at particular feeding hours. Leatherback turtles and loggerhead turtles eat a lot of jellyfish when they’re out at sea.
The sea turtle hatchery is a nice place to visit if you’re in Hikkaduwa. The turtles are amazing sight and it’s an exceptional treat in case you’re a creature lover.