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FSL-WC-208 INDIA Kundapura Sea Turtle Conservation/ Culture / Education 12/09/2022 25/09/2022

Theme: Sea Turtle Conservation/ Culture / Education
Camp Code: FSL WC 208
The beaches of Kundapur are among the nesting areas of the Olive Ridley and Green Sea Turtles, in
India. During the mating season, the female turtles come to shore to lay their eggs in the dead of
night. These eggs are prized as a delicacy by the local people, who used to sell them in the open
market. Depredations by dogs, crows and other predators, as well as infrastructure development
contributed to a slow decrease in the sea turtle population.
In 2005, FSL India (Field Services & inter-cultural Learning) started our Sea Turtle Conservation
Project in co-operation with the Forest Department of the Karnataka State Government, in the
Kundapur taluk of Udupi District, through the implementation of VFC (Village Forest Committee)
and MTCI (Maravanthe Turtle Conservation Initiative). FSL India operates the STC project over a 60
km stretch along the coastline, which is divided into 12 zones of 5 kms each with a contact person
appointed for each zone.
The Camp:
FSL India creates awareness for the fishermen community and schoolchildren regarding
conservation of the Sea Turtle, through talks, puppet shows and mural paintings at more than 50
schools during the season. Every year, 1 Turtle Information Centre is built every 5 kms along the
beach, to provide information to the local communities. Beach work and cleanups are organised on
a regular basis.
• Plastic and other non-degradable waste is a huge hazard to marine life. Join us on a beach walk
and help clean up the surrounding beaches
• Meet the stalwarts of the fisherman community, listen to fishing yarns, talk to them about sea
turtle conservation
• Educate the locals on the importance of the sea turtle in the marine life cycle
• Paint to your heart’s content, create beautiful murals on sea turtle conservation
• Help to conduct an awareness rally at the fishing harbour and classes at the nearby schools
around the sea turtle area, to conduct awareness
• Building a Turtle Information Centre at the beach is a vital part of our campaign to create
awareness on sea turtle conservation for beachgoers.
Conserve the Sea Turtle

Leisure Activities:
An 82 foot statue of Anjaneya, commonly known as Hanuman, the monkey god is worth a visit, as
is the Kotilingeshwara temple, an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to the god Shiva. Kodi beach,
one of the most spectacular in Karnataka is where you can catching amazing sunrises and sunsets.
Climb up the winding, spiral staircase to the lantern house to enjoy the panoramic view of the
ocean and the town beyond from the lighthouse. Gangoli is situated at the confluence of 5 rivers
and the harbour is a busy place where you can interact with the fisherman community.
Maravanthe is unique in that the Suparnika river flows on one side of the road, with the beach on
the other, the only one of its kind in India.
Kollur Mookambika and Murundeshwara temple where you can view the 2nd largest statue of
Shiva, are popular pilgrim spots. Boating on the backwaters of Kundapur, visits to a cashewnut,
rubber or tile factory are some interesting ways to spend your free time. You can also visit Indian
families to exchange views on your cultures and participate in the cultural programs of the local
COVID Related:
• Crating awareness at fish market and harbour on H&H
• Conduct mura

EXTRA FEE: Kundapur