The day trip starts with a visit to the Kosgoda Sea
Turtle Centre. The aim of the Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project is to
monitor local sea turtle activity and conserve the local nesting sites. The
organisation also purchases turtle eggs from locals at a price slightly higher
than one offered in the black market – despite of education turtle
eggs are still considered by many Sri Lankans to be a rare delicacy. The rescued and collected eggs brought to the centre are
berried in the sand for hatching. The new-born turtles are held in the
centre's pools for three days until released in the sea at early morning before
predator birds are awake. The centre provides information on the life of sea
turtles and offers the visitors a chance to participate in the release of
hatchlings to the sea.
Kosgoda the day trip continues to Balapitiya, a truly inspiring river safari,
allowing you to enjoy the Sri Lankan nature from within a boat. In the middle of
the journey we will land on a small island to get acquainted with a Buddhist
temple and monks living there. You can also take a short trip to a cinnamon
garden on the island.
Before return to Hikkaduwa a visit to the moonstone mine at Mitiyagoda will
paid – Sri Lanka is, after all,
famous for its jewels! In addition to moonstones you can
purchase also other gemstones from the mine's shop, e.g.
the world's best blue sapphires.