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Fascinating visit

A fascinating visit to the farm which does work to rescue snakes and gather antivenins. The cobras... read more

Reviewed 16 January 2024
trendytommy
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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
Great experience!

Great experience, you come in direct contact with the harmless snakes and you can observe the... read more

Reviewed 20 July 2023
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 2 January 2014 via mobile

Good place to learn about the venomous and non venomous snakes in Sri Lanka. Great place to take your kids to teach them how to love and respect these amazing creatures.

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Reviewed 11 December 2013

We learnt about the place at our hotel in Matara. The farm is a bit in the interior areas and takes around 45mins to reach.We were expecting a big commercial farm with huge snake enclosures and etc. But instead, this place is very small with only a small signboard declaring its presence.
The guy who runs this place is more of a snake bite doctor who treats people with anti-venoms as this area has a lot of poisonous snakes. He has around 20-25 snakes (king cobras, krait, boa,pythons etc) kept in a room the size of car garage. Most of these snakes are highly venomous.There are few tarantulas in his collection as well.
The best part is this guy will let you come really close to all these snakes. It's sad that he keeps all these reptiles in pretty small boxes but still he has taken decent care of them.
If you like snakes or otherwise are not terrified by them, this would be a worthwhile visit.

Date of experience: October 2013
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Reviewed 28 November 2013

This was a great experience! The man who runs it has a lot of knowledge about snakes and takes the time to explain and show you. I really recommend to go here. Also the way towards the snake farm is worth a visit.
He has quite some snakes there and also a Tarantula, brrrrrr :)

Date of experience: November 2013
1  Thank Ilona Y
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Reviewed 4 October 2013

wow!!! u must see this place wn u goto matara. they hav no of snakes, but cobras are thr priority. visitors are allowed to pics and given a small talk about how they use venom to produce ayurvedic medicines.

Date of experience: June 2013
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

I loved this place. They make all the anti-venoms used in Ayurvedic medicine in Sri Lanka here so it's not just some kind of zoo. We went here on the suggestion of our tuktuk driver. It was a bit far into the wilderness but quite an adventure. The snake-expert owner (whose father and grandfather were the resident snake experts/ Ayurvedic medicine specialists before them) explained how they make the anti-venoms and draped some non-poisonous snakes on us and gave us information on all of the snakes, including as he poked cobras with a metal rod as they scurried around on the ground and hissed. It was super cool. You might want to avoid the bathroom here though it's a little... rustic. You pay the guy at the end a bit (I can't remember how much) but not exorbitant, and they use it to run the place.

But definitely go for the snake farm. Especially if you have kids (we don't) but it seems like something they would be really into.

Date of experience: March 2013
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