A stunning setting of winding waterways with pristine mangrove forests and many islands within. Recognised by the Ramsar Convention of Wetlands of International Importance, the river is home to many species of ecological significance. Colourful birds fly above as water monitors swim by.
The best way to enjoy the beauty of the river is on a journey by boat. Glide through blue waters lined by shady mangroves, glimpse into the lives of local folk as they engage in their day to day activities and make a spiritual stop at the magnificent temple located on an island.
Turtle Hatchery Kosgoda, Sea Turtle Conservation Project was established to protect the Sri Lankan turtle from extinction. Kosgoda is a prime turtle nesting site and the project engages the local fishing community in its efforts to conserve turtles by monitoring their activity and conserving nesting sites.
Turtle eggs are collected and brought to the hatchery where they are then buried in sand until the baby turtles hatch. Saved from predators in this manner, the baby turtles are then released to sea at night time. The project also cares for injured or disabled turtles, including albino turtles that would not survive in the wild.
Walk through a vibrant collection of these fine pieces of art, each carrying a folklore story of Sri Lankan history and culture.
The masks are handcrafted by villagers for whom the skill has been carried down through generations. To the present day, these masks are an important part of Sri Lanka tradition. As you already know, they are a vital in large pageants, processions and ceremonies in Sri Lanka. They are also featured in dances, drama, and puppet shows.