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MONTHLY NEWS BULLETIN - MRACH 2020

2020 03

 

Dear Trade Colleagues,

Greetings from Sri Lanka!

I hope that you, your families and colleagues are all doing well and are safe during these times of a global pandemic. 

Even though the entire world is volatile at this moment, I am happy to come bearing some interesting news to put a smile on your face and make you look forward to visiting Sri Lanka once everything has settled down. 

As I write this today, (on the 28th on March 2020 @ 11:49 AM) Sri Lanka has only experienced 106 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus and we’ve only experienced 4 cases over the last 3 days. Furthermore, 7 of these 106 cases have successfully recovered and have been discharged, but most importantly, we have not experienced any fatalities so far.

In this newsletter, I bring to you our newest addition in terms of accommodation - the Mountain Villa Riverston, in the misty hills of Matale. Surrounded by lush greenery and overlooking the valleys of mountains, this is the perfect villa for an intimate and quiet family getaway. Guests can either opt to stay back in the hotel and enjoy the peace and quiet of the villa or if they are feeling adventurous, do a bit of sightseeing and trekking.

Who said that souvenirs have to be a postcard or something brought from a souvenir store during your visit to Sri Lanka? With our gem of a craftswoman, crafting one of a kind souvenirs with coconut shells, you can take back a unique memory of Sri Lanka for you and your loved one. You can also meet our tour guide Upali, who has a wealth of knowledge ready to be disbursed to our guests during their time with him. What's more interesting is that Upali is a brass craftsman himself, so you can not only take coconut shell souvenirs, but also brasswork back home if you fall in love with this unique and rather difficult art.

I hope we are able to eradicate the COVID-19 outbreak globally, and I wish you all good health!

See you soon,

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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