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MONTHLY NEWS BULLETIN - APRIL 2018

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Dear Trade Colleagues,

As it's the Traditional New Year over here in the sunny isle of Sri Lanka, (13th and 14th of April), let me set the correct sentiments for this month's ‘Journeys’ by wishing you all ‘Suba Aluth Avuruddak Wewa’ (a very Happy New Year to you).

In this episode, under Experiential Accommodations, we speak about a unique small lodge located in the misty Knuckles range of the Central Dumbara Hills. I personally combed the area few weeks back to find new trails and this new unique style of accommodation.

Under real local experiences, we’d like to introduce our own Rochika, who does colourful and spicy cooking lessons in the city of Kandy.

In the month of May, Sri Lanka celebrates ‘Vesak’, which commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and passing away of Lord Buddha. Your clients who are travelling with us during this month will be involved in various activities like making ‘Vesak koodu’ (Vesak lanterns) with the locals, and I trust that they will thoroughly enjoy themselves experiencing all the sights and sounds of Sri Lanka during this period.

In this episode, you will also meet Shanjei, our bearded charismatic friend in the Fort of Galle who does Ex. Journey's Hosted Galle Fort Experience in a most delightful manner.

We are proud to announce our newest conservation project on the scaly unique Pangolins. Your guests now have the opportunity to be a part of saving these threatened species.

When it comes to the news from the group, you will be amazed to read about 5 differently-abled people plus 8 cyclists who challenged their limits by pedalling all around Sri Lanka in the course of 11 days.

Happy reading!

Anuruddha Bandara (A B)
Founder 



 

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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