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A completely ‘nutty’ experience with Kapruka

The coconut is a staple essential in the life of any Sri Lankan. Our work for the day begins with cleaning the house and the compound which is done using two kinds of brooms - one where the husks have been turned into coir and been made into a broom to clean inside of the house and the other using the midribs of the coconut leaf and made into an ‘ekel’ broom to clean the home’s compound. 

Next, coconut is used to cook our local dishes using coconut milk and coconut oil, and sometimes dishes are made directly out of coconut such as the flavorful coconut sambol (a type of local sambal made with coconut, spices and maldive fish). Locals also use coconuts to make ‘toddy’ a delicious local arrack made with fermenting coconut water, and also use the coconut tree to make coconut treacle, vinegar and jaggery. The flesh of the coconut is used to produce coconut oil, which is used in cooking as well as used to apply on hair to make one’s hair grow and shiny whilst also used to make desiccated coconut which is exported around the world from Sri Lanka. 

Since there are a countless number of items that are made using the entire coconut tree; from the root to the flowers (each part for different purposes), the locals call the coconut tree ‘Kapruka’, meaning the tree that provides all comforts.

Your coconut experience will start with a session on toddy tapping, which is extracting the alcohol from the coconut flower, and using that to create coconut treacle, vinegar and jaggery. During this experience, you can also witness how coconuts are plucked from the tree, which is considered to be an art here by some. Having the opportunity to witness the making of coir products is a unique experience as the by-products of the process which are called ‘coco peats’ are used to make eco-friendly products such as flower vases, peat blocks and peat bricks and also used for various agricultural purposes. And last but not least, don’t forget to enjoy the water of the king coconut and eat the flesh of the fruit, which is a delicious and natural drink that is great for your body!

 

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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