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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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Educational and fun

The owner showed us around and was happy to answer any questions we had. Make sure you visit... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Kay K
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Southampton, United Kingdom
turtle hatchery for kids - great value

Kids loved it - only takes about half an hour. They do some great work and need the funding to keep... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Sarah S
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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.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good17%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“baby turtles” (35 reviews)
“eggs” (30 reviews)
“tuk tuk” (37 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
LOCATION
Colombo - Galle Main Road | Beach Front, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
CONTACT
+94 75 540 2553
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"really enjoyed our visit"
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"safe haven"
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Reviewed yesterday

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

Thank Kay K
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Reviewed yesterday

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

Thank Sarah S
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Reviewed yesterday

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

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Reviewed 2 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 2 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

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The sanctuary is a bit primative and the lady who runs it has hilarious customer service skills but the most important thing is that they are just really honest, hard working people who want to do good and help the turtles. They had turtles as...More

Thank 14athomas
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Definitely worth the visit, they not only hatch baby turtles but also rescue injured ones in need of operations , call them directly for a tuk tuk on 0755402553 , lots of baby turtles as well as many other breeds including really rare Sri Lankan...More

Thank caleb c
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really nice place. Do not trust local tuktuks as they will tell you no turtles and try and rip you off. Call in advance as they have a private tuktuk. Really nice people and lots of turtles including baby ones. We were told to call...More

Thank Joanna K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our visit to the sea turtle harchery at Mahamoodera was that by accident and I'm glad I stumble upon it. Having then gone through the many reviews on Tripadvisor, I knew we had to visit the place and see the hatchery for ourselves. Welcomed graciously,...More

1  Thank Jalasha D
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argentsp
9 June 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
3 February 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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12 December 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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