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In the morning, we will leave the hotel for your journey. First, we will take you to the turtle hatchery. There, we will engage in activities such as releasing baby turtles into the ocean. After turtle hatchery will take you to visit Galle city. There, you can visit the city of Galle. After that we will have lunch and go
on an evening safari in Yala National Park. Then we will transfer you to your hotel.
Sri Lanka is one of the world’s major biodiversity hotspots, and a chief concern for the island is the
conservation of its wildlife. The turtle hatcheries that you find dotted along the western coastline tackle
the issue by investing in the survival of Sri Lanka’s turtles.
Left on their own, turtle eggs are susceptible and defenseless against predators; there is also a danger
of the eggs being found by local fishermen and sold to poachers, who in turn sell them on the black
market. The hatcheries combat this by buying the eggs from the fishermen at a higher price,
encouraging them to keep bringing in the endangered eggs to a safer location.
Once at the hatchery, the eggs are kept safely buried in sand until they emerge from their shells, when
they are moved and placed into tanks for the first few days of their lives. This gives them to
opportunity to grow stronger before they are released back to the dangers of the sea, increasing their
odds of survival. Several species of turtles are saved in this way.
At sunset, you can witness the baby turtles being set free on the beach and watch them make their
way back to the ocean. Visitors are asked to be mindful of the process of returning baby turtles to the
sea. Loud noises are not allowed, nor are bright lights and flash photography; the baby turtles can
confuse the lights for the moon over the ocean, which hinders them from being able to return home.
Galle is a major city in Sri Lanka, situated on the southwestern tip, 119km (74 mi) from
Colombo. Galle is the provincial capital and largest city of Southern Province, Sri Lanka and is the
capital of Galle District.
Galle reached the height of its development in the 18th century, during the Dutch colonial period.
Galle is the best example of a fortified city built by the Portuguese in South and Southeast Asia,
showing the interaction between Portuguese architectural styles and native traditions. The city was
extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. The Galle fort is a
world heritage site and is the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers.
Other prominent landmarks in Galle include the city's natural harbor, the National Maritime
Museum, St. Mary's Cathedral founded by Jesuit priests, one of the main Shiva temples on the island,
and Amangalla, the historic luxury hotel. On 26 December 2004, the city was devastated by the
massive tsunami caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, which occurred off the coast of
Indonesia a thousand miles away. Thousands were killed in the city alone. Galle is home to the Galle
International Stadium, which is considered to be one of the most picturesque cricket grounds in the
Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka, bordering the
Indian Ocean. The park consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public, and also
adjoining parks. The blocks have individual names such as, Ruhuna National Park, and Kumana
National Park or 'Yala East' for the adjoining area. It is situated in the southeast region of the
country, and lies in Southern Province and Uva Province. The park covers 979 square km
and is located about 300 km from Colombo. Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in
1900, and, along with Wilpattu was one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka, having been
designated in 1938. The park is best known for its variety of wild animals. It is important for the
conservation of Sri Lankan elephants, Sri Lankan leopards and aquatic birds.
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