Sea Turtles in Yala – Meet Five Of The Critically Endangered Marine Turtle Species Here

Sea turtles are simply adorable creatures that have been roaming our oceans for millions of years. Unfortunately, six of the seven species have made their way into the endangered list thanks to mostly human interference. At Yala, the great wilderness in Sri Lanka, you’ll be able to meet five of this six.

Where is Yala?

Sri Lanka’s second largest and the most popular national park, Yala is located in the Southern Province good 6 hours away from Colombo. Therefore, you need to base yourself somewhere nearby to get the most out of your stay and enjoy the many things to do in Yala in ease. There are also some pretty cool eco friendly places located within the park itself like Chena Huts.

Sea Turtles Visiting Yala

The five types of sea turtles that visit the shores of Yala include the giant Leatherback, the Hawksbill, Loggerhead, Olive Ridley and the Green turtles.

Why Are They Endangered?

While climate change has an impact on the lives of these innocent creatures, the main reason for them being endangered is due to human activities. Sea turtles are slaughtered for their meat, skin, shell and even the eggs are taken to make soup!

Any Hope?

Yes! After you have met the sea turtles of Yala, go towards Galle where you will find many turtle conservation centres in Kosgoda, Rekawa and Koggala; aimed at protecting the lives these sea turtle. If you stick around during sunset, you might get a chance to be a part of the amazing release program where they release baby turtles into the sea.

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Buduruvangala – Visit the Largest Statue of Buddha

Sri Lanka is an island nation saturated with historical intrigue. In addition to being a popular tourist destination filled with pristine beaches and adventurous rainforests, Sri Lanka was once home to advanced civilisations with a strong Buddhist influence, and therefore the island contains some of the most notable Buddhist temples in the world. So if you happen to be visiting one of the island’s many resorts such as Chena Huts, then visiting the Buduruwagala Temple should definitely be on your list of things to do in Yala.

Until recently, the tallest Buddha statue in existence was located in Afghanistan. Upon its demolition by Taliban forces, the Buduruvangala took its place as the largest statue of its kind. Archaeologists have traced the statue’s construction to the 10th century, although some say that the statue and the temple is as old as the 6th century. Mysteriously, little is mentioned of this grand monument in historical texts concerned with Sri Lanka.

There’s a total of five statues with the largest one, portraying the Lord Buddha, situated in the middle. The middle statue stands over fifty-one feet tall, with the two adjacent statues standing at around forty feet. Although a lot of the fine detail that was once featured on the sculpture has been eroded, some orange remains towards the bottom of the statue, indicating that it was once brightly painted.

In addition to the mystery of the carving’s history, there is a carving of what looks like an oil-lamp close to the statue. Interestingly, the cave in which the lamp carving is in to this day smells like Mustard-Oil, and the source of the smell remains a mystery.

So if you’re embarking on a trip to Sri Lanka, be sure to visit this historical and enigmatic site.

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