Nehru Zoological Park – a foretaste of Indian wildlife in their natural habitat

Nehru Zoological Park – a foretaste of…

South Asia’s most teeming nation is a veritable fusion of attractive places, lush landscapes and an ancient culture steeped in history and rituals. Architectural masterpieces of historic dynasties dot various states. India’s rich heritage together with its flourishing bio diversity showcases the beauty of the country. The city of Hyderabad offe…
Discover Karnataka’s Lakelands along the Captivating Kerala Backwaters

Discover Karnataka’s Lakelands along t…

Often called the Asian equivalent of the American Bayou, the Kerala backwaters are an expansive network of intricate waterways that include five lakes, forty rivers and a host of canals that span half the length of its home state. Stretching across over 900km the labyrinth of lakes, rivers, inlets and creeks form a truly magnificent eco system and …
Blue Reef Aquarium Newcastle- a world of wonders

Blue Reef Aquarium Newcastle- a world of…

Positioned just a short drive away from the beautiful Whitley Bay, the impressive Blue Reef Aquarium is ideally located in the North East coastal city of Tynemouth. It is a great place to discover how life goes on under the ocean. The Blue Reef Aquarium is a modern aquarium showcasing marine life in a new and exciting way. It has been designed and …
Festivals in Maldives – Merriment in Male

Festivals in Maldives – Merriment in M…

  No one would think that the decorative specs on the Indian Ocean would on close scrutiny turn out to be such resplendent islands full of tourist attractions. However, that is precisely what the Maldives is like. It has over twenty six tiny atolls or islands, which are governed separately but are a cohesive part of Maldives. Most of the festi…
Medical Tourism – Dental Care & Dentists in Bohput

Medical Tourism – Dental Care …

The Thai island of Koh Samui might have garnered a reputation for its idyllic beaches and pristine oceans, but it is also gaining popularity for another feature that is quite unique; medical tourism! Offering reasonably priced and international standard medical care, Koh Samui and such coastal areas as Bohput are also known for their high standards…
Family Travel to Philippines

Family Travel to Philippines…

The multicultural nation of Philippines presents an ideal destination for a family holiday. The suitable areas for families visiting the country include Boracay Island, Central Visayas and the National Capital Region Cebu. You may visit the most popular beach in Boracay, known as the White Beach which is famed for its spectacular sunsets and pristi…

Turtle species in Sri Lanka – Swimming on the brink of extinction

Sri Lanka is an island paradise known for its palm fringed beaches and warm tropical waters of the Indian Ocean. If you are looking for a getaway that is off the beaten path while holidaying in Sri Lanka, villas along the southern coast offer something a little different. Escape the busy activity of the city and explore some of the country’s more scenic regions. A small group looking for a personalised experience from food to service can opt for a property like Saffron & Blue by Jetwing, which consists of four luxury suites.

The seas surrounding Sri Lanka are rich with marine life. There are many turtle species found in Sri Lanka. The most common of which is the Olive Ridley Turtle. It is the smallest type of marine turtle that can be identified by its round, plain olive coloured shell with a serrated edge. The Olive Ridley is known to visit Sri Lankan beaches in large numbers during its nesting period, between September and November. While this comparatively small creature grows to a length of eighty centimetres and reaches an adult weight of about fifty kilograms, the Leatherback turtle is the largest sea turtle. The biggest Leatherback on record measured in at three metres long and weighed nine hundred and sixteen kilos. These creatures consume jellyfish as the main portion of their diet. Often mistaking floating plastic bags for jellyfish, many Leatherback turtles become the casualties of pollution.

Green turtles nest on Sri Lankan shores all year round with their main preferences being the beaches of Kosgoda and Rekawa. They have a distinct oval carapace with mottled green and black markings. Young Green turtles are carnivorous but as adults they switch to eating only sea grass and algae. The Hawksbill turtle with its strikingly patterned shell markings is critically endangered, while the less common Loggerhead turtle gets its name from its notably large head and muscular jaws.

Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.

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