Amazing Trip

Tripoto
9th Nov 2018
Day 1

Looking at a magazine from Jan 2017 ,I had see a beautiful lighthouse which I thought must be in Greece but to my surprise it turned out to be from Sri Lanka. I had my heart set on coming to Sri Lanka. It has been 1.6 year that I have joined my first job. By beginning of 2018 I started planning a trip to Sri Lanka, this trip is a gift to my parents who would be celebrating 25th anniversary soon. We started our journey from Hyderabad by taking the direct flight operated by Sri Lankan airlines (10:10am flight). It takes 2 hours to reach Colombo where our driver from Aaliya was waiting for us,Shamin aya will be with us for next 9 days.
From Colombo to Bentota is a 3 hour journey which we kicked with huge yellow coconut water. The drive was very smooth, the roads are beautiful and lush green on the sides. After 3 hours we reached our hotel the Palm Beach Hotel. The deluxe room will cost you 48 dollar for 3 people. The bathroom is Western and kinda spacious. The room is big too attached with s nice balcony which had two wooden chair you to let your inner panda come out and just chill there.
After changing into something more comfortable we headed to the beach, a two min walk to beach. Not kidding it's really 2 mins away!
On reaching the beach I was surprised with how Sri Lanka is humid free? Didn't give it much thought though will read about it after writing for this. We walked along the shoreline while few people tried to drown their dog. My mom went over to them and told them their dog will die if they don't stop pushing the pup in water. She was smiling I guess she still thinks my mum was just taking to her. Mum had to scoop out the puppy from water. After my mum was at peace we resumed playing in the waves. With sand in my hair I left the beach.

Showing off my not so great photography skills

Photo of Bentota by Ankita Ghosh
Day 2

Today we woke up at 6am,then went for a nice walk along the beach,the walk was supposed to be a brief one but ended up being a long 2 hour walk. The beach is pristine and beautiful. There are rocks where you will find loads of crabs. We met Olivia who was from England and has been in Sri Lanka for 18 months. She doesn't intend to go back ever. I guess she found her forever home.
Around 11am we left for Hikkaduwa. On the way to Hikkaduwa there are few hatchery. These hatcheries nest turtles! Yes, all kind really old to really young also the sick ones.

Kosgoda:the entrance to the hatchery

Photo of Bentota by Ankita Ghosh

We looked like 2 year olds as we entered Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery,the gate is adorned with two huge turtles almost hugging each other (see the picture).
You will be charged 1000 Sri Lankan rupees for entry to the hatchery.
In the hatchery there a tubs or enclosures for the turtles. So to be very precise there are four enclosures. One-really young, we are talking 2 week olds to 2 months.
Two-one 150 year oldie.
Three: Eagle turtle, they have razor sharp mouth. No teeth those sexy pout can kill you.
Four-the sick and the handicapped turtles.
There is a egg farm where they have marked the duration the eggs have been there for. The egg feels like a broken ping pong ball. On the beach you will notice a huge sand nest it's for the turtles to hatch.

Photo of Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, A2, Kosgoda, Sri Lanka by Ankita Ghosh
Photo of Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, A2, Kosgoda, Sri Lanka by Ankita Ghosh
Photo of Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, A2, Kosgoda, Sri Lanka by Ankita Ghosh
Photo of Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, A2, Kosgoda, Sri Lanka by Ankita Ghosh
Photo of Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, A2, Kosgoda, Sri Lanka by Ankita Ghosh
Photo of Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, A2, Kosgoda, Sri Lanka by Ankita Ghosh
Photo of Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, A2, Kosgoda, Sri Lanka by Ankita Ghosh
Photo of Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, A2, Kosgoda, Sri Lanka by Ankita Ghosh
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