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A serendipitous refuge in an ancient land - Kevan’s Casa

A battleground for the ancient races of Yakkas and Nagas, hallowed ground graced by a visit from Lord Buddha, and a place full of natural beauty and adventurous experiences - Mahiyanganaya is one of those places that seems to have it all. Situated smack bang in the middle of town, with all the modern amenities a traveller could want - cosy rooms, a swimming pool, room service and the only rooftop restaurant in town - is Kevan’s Casa. It acts as a convenient base to visit Wasgamuwa, Maduru Oya and Gal Oya National Parks, the majestic Rathana Ella waterfall, or even go cycling to take on the steep and infamous 18-bend road that leads to the hill capital, Kandy. If adventure is not your cup of tea, Mahiyanganaya is steeped in religion, culture and legends, and is also one of the few places where you can interact with the ancient Vedda community to learn their ways and their story. Whichever experience you choose to pursue, you can rest easy in the knowledge that you will be going back to the luxury, comfort and care of Kevan’s Casa to have the perfect end to your day.

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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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