Swimming with Giant turtles in Hikkaduwa – An unforgettable turtle watching experience


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Have you ever wanted to observe the egg-laying ritual of giant turtles? Spend some time in the Hikkaduwa beach to witness the wondrous sight of amazing turtles.

Image by Brocken Inaglory, Via Wikipedia , CC BY-SA 4.0

The beach with turtles

Compared to many beaches in Sri Lanka, those visiting the Hikkaduwa beach can experience a unique seaside holiday filled with excitement. It is not only an ideal place for scuba diving and snorkeling by the reef, it is also a popular turtle watching hotspot. Therefore, there is no surprise that tourists staying at close by coastal cities visit it as well.

Best time to visit

If you want to witness different species of turtles, the best time to visit the Hikkaduwa beach is during the months of February and March because the female turtles approach the coast to lay eggs. The turtle hatching period begins five or six months after laying eggs. It is indeed an incredible sight to behold!

Where to stay

Witnessing how a large number of small turtles comes out from their underground egg chamber on the beach is truly a once in a lifetime experience. If you stay at one of the many Hikkaduwa hotels located close to the beach, the likes of Hikka Tranz by Cinnamon, you will not miss this amazing sight of turtles.

Things to remember

You should avoid touching the hatchlings. Moreover, do not use the flash when taking pictures of the sea turtles because these animals are extremely sensitive, and it can tempt them to move back to the sea.



Caleb Falcon is a travel writer who specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers. Google+

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