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Get lost in a reverie within a pristine rainforest with Explorer by Eco Team

Imagine that you’re the last person on Earth, and the jungles have taken over all that was once man made. You’re one with nature, and animals wander idly around you, unconcerned by your presence. The wind whispers stories through the leaves, and the loud conversations of birds fills the air. All around you, a myriad of flowers bloom in a riot of colour, and all is well in the world. Just then, a discreet cough draws you out of this reverie, and you turn to see the Chef bringing you some crispy, hot snacks and your evening tea. You take a bite, sip your tea and sink back into that lost world again. Glamping with Explorer by Mahoora in the Sinharaja Rainforest can be an intensely immersive experience, and it comes with all the creature comforts of home, including a chef, camp staff, and a private naturalist who is ready to take you on adventurous excursions!

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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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