Turtle Watching in Sri Lanka – How we can help protect them!

Of the seven known species of turtle, five come ashore in Sri Lankan beaches to nest. You can visit the turtle conservation areas situated in Kosgoda, Induruwa, Beruwala or Rekawa to see a turtle nesting or to release baby turtles into the ocean.

The Goals of Conservation

The immediate goals of conserving turtles are as follows:
1. Protect nesting areas by turning the areas into parks and refuges.
2. Ensure that turtles are allowed to nest without disturbances in the form of lights, noises, man-made obstructions on the beach, etc.
3. Increase public awareness through community education and participation.
4. Lobby for laws both internationally and nationally that prevent the dumping of pollution into oceans.
5. Provide rehabilitation centres for injured and sick turtles to improve their chances of survival.

Volunteering for Conservation

You can also volunteer at the turtle reservations if you’re in one of Sri Lanka’s luxury resorts. Volunteering is a great way to learn more about turtles and what is being done for their conservation in the country.

The volunteer program runs all year round and a volunteer can get involved for a minimum of a week or a maximum of 12 weeks during which weekends are free.

What You Will Be Doing

You will be trained on arrival and are required to do many things ranging from; cleaning the tanks and feeding the turtles, beach cleaning, burying eggs in the egg farm, releasing baby turtles when the time comes for them to leave. Nesting season is usually December to April. You can stay in their provided accommodation or visit from a nearby hotel like Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort.

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Elephant Rock, Passikudah – A Private Wide Shore & Other Things

Before the civil war, Passikudah, which was once a small hamlet was a tourist destination that was decimated by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and by all the fighting. It saw an explosive resurgence after the end of the war in 2009. Passikudah is famous for its shallow reef beach stretches and sea that is only of a few inches depth.

The Lack of Wide Shore

Due to the lack of a wide shore in Passikudah, Elephant rock is considered ideal, despite the disappearing beach line. The rock is a natural formation that vaguely looks like a baby elephant and can be accessed within 10 minutes from The Calm Resort & Spa or many other Pasikuddah hotels.

Passikudah Bay

The Passikudah bay is home to one of the most well-known reef systems in the east. As a result, it has been proposed as a site for a marine sanctuary by NARA. You can get some scuba diving done and explore the diverse local marine life.

Whale Watching in Trincomalee

Passikudah is easily accessible from Trincomalee. So a day trip to the sprawling city wouldn’t be complete without getting in a whale-watching session done. Compared to Mirissa in the south, there may be less of a crowd to whale watch in the East. The season is May to October.

Batticaloa Lagoon

Batticaloa is another region easily accessed from Passikudah. The Batticaloa lagoon is one of three lagoons in the region. The lagoon area is used for rice cultivation and shrimp farming.

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Hiriketiya Beach – The Most Beautiful Beach in Sri Lanka!

Hiriketiya Beach is the hidden jewel of beaches in Sri Lanka and is considered the most beautiful of its many beaches, which is saying something! Sri Lanka has plenty of beautiful beaches.

Not Secret for Long

While it is no longer a secret, Hiriketiya Beach is still not considered as popular as the other beaches in Sri Lanka. It is a little horseshoe bay area in the south of the country in a town called Dickwella. Resorts in the area are up and coming and have great modern amenities like Dickwella Resort & Spa.

Great for Surfing

Hiriketiya has waves for both the beginner and the professional. It’s a great place to spend time and learn because you can switch from beginner waves and up the grades as you improve your game.

Image Credit: Dickwella Resort & Spa

A Quiet Place

There is no major traffic in Hiriketiya as it is still very much a village. Since it is a 10 min drive from the Dickwella town, hardly any traffic passes by so the mornings are quiet and calm and peaceful.

Hummanaya Blowhole

The only known blowhole in Sri Lanka, the Hummanaya Blowhole is said to be the second largest blowhole in the world. It’s only 5 km away from Dickwella and there’s a nominal fee for entrance. However, the best time to witness the blowhole in all its majesty is during the monsoon when the tides are rough.

Places to Eat

There are plenty of food huts around the Hiriketiya beach catering mostly to tourists. You can be sure of a variety of food and beverages.

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