• Spaces with Character


It’s about where you are staying. Our handpicked accommodations are way different to large chain hotels with conventional star ratings. We offers small properties with quality, character, ambiance and run by passionate people. The range does not limit to “hotels” and goes into Tented Camps, Lodges, Home Stays, Colonial Bungalows, Luxury Boutique Properties as well as Tree Houses that have won multiple awards and plaudits.


Accommodation Styles

Our styles of accommodation choices vary quite widely from small rustic homestays to high-end Luxury Boutique Villas. We fully believe that accommodation is not just about spending the night in a room, but experiencing the complete feel of the place, people, hosts and food blended with the uniqueness of the property. We have carefully chosen and categorised our accommodation styles to cater to the choices of our valued clients. This categorisation is a unique creation of Ex. Journeys and if you see this concept elsewhere, be assured that our contemporaries are just attempting to duplicate our style!


Rustic, Eco-friendly Homestays, Guest Houses and Small Villas

Villa Attikka

The small and unique owner-run accommodation units provide guests with a more personalized exposure to the hosts. This is a perfect choice for those who seek more privacy at a reasonable price. Basic comforts with a personalized service in the most pleasing manner would be an ideal option for those who love to spend time with locals and learn more about their lifestyles.


Eco Lodges, TreeHouses and Standard Camps

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This rustic and minimalist style promises to be favoured by outdoor enthusiasts who love being close to nature. The Eco Lodges and Treehouses enable guests to spend their holiday in comfort, while the campsites enable them to experience the wonders of nature and the wilderness along with basic comforts.


Mid-Range Villas

turtle bay villa

Our selection of mid-range Villas offer guests local exposure, yet retain enough privacy and comfort for those who seek more affordable luxury. The personalized, high-quality service offered will be the signature of these villas.  The owner-run properties will let the guests feel like they’re staying with friends and family.


Mid-Range Hotels

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These hotels are perfect for small groups on leisure holidays. The properties, with all required comforts and amenities at an affordable price, fall under this accommodation style. They are highly recommended for groups of families and friends and small group tours. Staying in a mid-range hotel gives visitors an opportunity to stay for less, and also allows them to spend more money on experiencing Sri Lanka at its best. The maximum number of the rooms in this category would be 40.


Theme Hotels

madulkelle kandy

We understand that our valued guests have different and unique preferences and interests when choosing accommodation styles for their holidays in sunny Sri Lanka. Hotels and villas that operate with a particular theme fall under this accommodation style. The properties enable the guests who patronize them to feel like they are connected to a specific theme and will experience different aspects related to these themes. Heritage, Colonial, Wellness, a particular architectural style or the Tea Industry, etc. are some of the popular themes amongst our clients.


Large Hotels and International Chains

Aliya resorts and spa

As the name suggests, our specially selected large hotels and international hotel chains fall under this accommodation style. However, we have made sure that boring concrete structures with no character are not included in this section. We only recommend this category for Business and MICE travellers who are participating in or attending a specific function or event.


High-end Boutiques and Luxury all-inclusive Camps

kings pavilion hotel Kandy

High-end travellers who seek exclusive personalized service are welcomed by these tastefully designed deluxe Boutique and Luxury all-inclusive Camps. Equipped with elegant amenities from cutlery and crockery to super comfortable fixtures, the guests will experience the most luxurious of stays on these Boutique properties. The Luxury all-inclusive Camps are sophisticated campsites set with a touch of class, offering unmatched all-inclusive services that cater to the style of those who love to stay connected to nature along with luxurious amenities. Safaris are done with top-end guides in comfortable safari jeeps.


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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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