Turtle Watching Polhena Sri Lanka, Five out of the seven species of sea Turtles come ashore to nest in Sri Lanka , making it an ideal country to go Turtle Watching. Turtles are very nervous when they are looking for a place to nest and can therefore be easily scared.
The Turtle can only be approached when she starts laying the eggs because by then she is engaged in a very mechanical, almost trance-like behavior and it is unlikely for her to be frightened by spectators.
This activity involves some waiting and some walking on the beach because as with all of nature, it is the Turtle (not us) that sets the time and place of the event! The whole process of a nesting Turtle can take up to 3 hours and can include ‘false crawls’ (non-nesting emergence). Of course there is no guarantee that the Turtles come to nest every night, but sitting on a deserted beach under the open starry sky in Sri Lanka is an incredible experience in itself.