Kosgoda is a quiet coastal town located along the Southern coastal belt of Sri Lanka.
If travelling to Kosgoda from Colombo, you may opt for the quicker route on the Southern Highway or the more scenic route along Galle Road. Kosgoda is ideally situated in close proximity to many vibrant tourist hubs such Bentota, Hikkaduwa and Galle, Kosgoda is the ideal location to enjoy all that these busy towns have to offer and yet relax on the serene beaches at the end of a busy day. The Kosgoda lagoon offers an ideal location for bird enthusiasts to observe some of natures finest. Boat trips can also be organised and a visit to see the turtle conservation projects at the turtle hatcheries is an absolute must.
Kosgoda has become famous for its turtle conservation projects which attract many local and foreign visitors throughout the year. These conservation projects help to protect turtles from extinction in Sri Lanka and have seen the release of millions of baby turtles safely back into the wild. Although the main season for laying is October to April, Green turtles lay eggs almost throughout the year at Kosgoda. A total of five species of sea turtles lay eggs along the coastal belt of Sri Lanka, out of which the most common is the Green turtle. The Olive Ridley and the Hawksbill follow next on the list, while the extremely large Leatherback and Loggerhead turtles bring in the rear. The Kosgoda turtle hatcheries also look after turtles that have been injured or disabled due to becoming trapped in fishing nets or other natural calamities. Rare albino turtles can also be seen.