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MONTHLY NEWS BULLETIN - JULY 2020

july 06

 

Hello there! 

Join us in the month of July as we introduce you to a new addition to our list of partner hotels and resorts; Adithya Ayurveda, offering you a full mind and body relaxation in the heart of the ancient capital of Sri Lanka. To take you around with our monthly featured ExJ team member, we are happy to introduce our head chef at our Mahoora Tented Safari Camp in Yala - Sagara, a true nature lover in addition to being a wicked chef! 

We are also happy to introduce our guests to a variety of local indulgences, and that’s why we urge our guests to try out ‘pittu’ which can be eaten as a main or a dessert at any of our campsites. We are also happy to continue our support of local businesses - especially those in the outskirts of the major cities. 

And last but not least, we are proud to inform you that ExJ Group has partnered with Sri Lankan Holidays, an arm of Sri Lankan Airlines, the national carrier to continue with our strive to create enjoyable vacations with us. Check out the full story below!

Anuruddha Bandara (AB)
Founder
Experiential Journeys

 



 

Our policy in discouraging Animal Cruelty, Tourist Traps and Staged Tourist Shows

Animals Are Friends Too: Discouraging Animal Cruelty, Tourist Traps and Staged Tourist Shows

We at ExJ stay away from tourism experiences that are staged and involve animal cruelty and shopping traps that are contrived to exploit and deceive clients.

Even though some of the popular ‘attractions’ are not included in our programmes due to the above reasons, we have no objections in our clients making their own arrangements with our Drivers to visit these places.

 

Why we do not promote following attractions

 

Turtle Hatcheries

As this concept has serious negative aspects in terms of conservation, we do not encourage our visitors to patronize the turtle hatcheries, as not all of them are really turtle-friendly. We instead encourage them to observe turtles in their natural habitats.

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

When we became aware that the animal welfare standards there were questionable, we stopped encouraging our clients to visit the orphanage. We are pleased to observe that the Born Free Foundation has now adopted similar measures.

Elephant back rides – Habarana

There’s uncertainty surrounding the attitude of this place towards animal welfare. There may be a few ethical operators, but in general, we are not in agreement with how the place is run. We all would love a photo of us riding an elephant, but is a lifetime of pain caused to these magnificent mammals really worth a few fleeting likes on social media?

Traditional Village Tour with a Canoe Trip and Bullock-Carts – Habarana

This is a tourist trap where a lot of the trip is ‘staged’ for commercial purposes. Such fake touristic experiences will not give our visitors an idea of what life in the country is really like, so join us as we show you the real side of Sri Lanka. And at the end of every vacation, always ask yourself, “Did you feel that your holiday was ethical, eco-friendly, and reduced environmental impacts?”


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