On the beach about 2 km north of Hikkaduwa is a small private turtle research center, which works to protect the endangered turtle species. Turtle eggs selected for hatching & progressive stages of the development of turtles can be seen here. Eggs are collected or bought from local villagers and buried in the sand hatchery.
The eggs hatch in 50-60 days, and are then placed in the tanks. For first 3 days, they remain without food that helps in cleansing them of material ingested form the eggshell. They are then given small pieces of fish for a further 7 days, to learn to dive down into the tank to take the food. Then they can be safely released into the sea. There are various kinds of turtles to be seen, also the big Green Turtle.