Rakewa Turtle Watch

From April to September, green, hawksbill and occasionally even leatherback turtles struggle ashore at night to lay their eggs on Rekawa Beach. Tours are run by volunteers from the non-profit Turtle Conservation Project and locals. The emphasis is on protecting the turtles, so camera flashes and other lights are not allowed. Call ahead to check conditions; if no turtles are sighted, you can return another night. A three-wheeler from Tangalla costs around Rs 1500; you will need a driver to find this place.

Unlike the turtle hatcheries on the west coast the eggs here are left undisturbed in the sand and are protected in situ. The visitor centre has good displays.