Have You Made the Turtle Trail Yet?

Chennai is home to many interesting and amazing things. Fortunately or Unfortunately, very few people know what those things are. I am not talking about having one of the longest beaches, but instead about the wild-life that we have managed to preserve, thanks to a solid group of volunteers, who keep this city imbibed with the natural aspect that this geography has been associated with.

Where was I? Oh yes, the Turtle Trail…

If you aren’t aware, the Turtle Trail season starts in December and Ends in February. Yep, you have roughly about 15 more days of it, if it hasnt ended already. It’s always much more fun, or so I am told, anytime after January, since the turtles that have laid their eggs before start hatching and you also get to spot an occasional turtle hatchling or two while on the trail.

If you are in Chennai this season, this would be something, you might want to do. It’s part of the luxury, and privilege in living here, and a chance to play out our role in preserving the natural and the wild – which means you need to stop having thoughts of wanting to play with little turtles and adoring how cute they are and let them swim into the wild :)

Edit: The turtle walking continues well into March and into April. In March they find some nests and in April its more to release the hatchlings.

Photo Credit: The Hindu.

3 Comments so far

  1. udayms (unregistered) on February 18th, 2008 @ 11:06 pm

    Can we see these turtles at Marina/Santhome/Besant Nagar beaches?

  2. Vijay (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 2:38 am


    They dont come where there is light. I hear that they usually come in the stretch between Neelankarai and Beasant Nagar. So it’s quite a bit of walk – which explains why this is still untouched.

  3. Raja (unregistered) on February 19th, 2008 @ 4:16 pm

    my brother has taken part in the campaign last week from his office and he told his experiences ,it was really good to see the coverage on hindu the next day.

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