Time is running out for sea turtle species around the world. This is a sad but true fact as turtle numbers dwindle due to both human and environmental factors. Thankfully places like the Sea Turtle Protection Association in Bentota are helping to reverse the tide.
Five of the seven endangered or vulnerable turtle species, visit Sri Lanka’s shores;
• Green Turtle
• Olive Ridley
The Sea Turtle Protection Association
Located by the coast and within easy reach of The River House, Balapitiya, this centre for conservation and research is a great place to learn about turtles and see them up close too. You can also find out about threats to their existence and measures being taken to save them.
Those planning a visit here be it from a budget or boutique hotel Bentota has to offer can look forward to seeing some turtles in tanks. Depending on when you visit, you may even get to see and hold baby turtles as well!
Witnessing a Release
One of the true joys of visiting the Sea Turtle Protection Association is getting the chance to witness baby turtles being released out to sea. This generally takes place in the evening against a sunset backdrop and will undoubtedly be one of the standout memories of your trip to Sri Lanka.
Filled with wanderlust that seeks to explore distant shores and captivated by the colors and vibrancy of exotic cultures, Kanya Mae writes on the beautiful, exciting, and enchanting wonders of the world. She is a writer who not only has a passion for travel, but also has a background in fashion, art and media. Google+