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Up periscope! Meet the swimming giants of Gal Oya with Explorer by Eco Team

A National Park that has Boat safaris and swimming elephants? It’s an experience that never gets old, no matter how many times you see it and is probably the strongest memory of Gal Oya National Park for all who have visited it. Surprisingly, it is one of the lesser known National Parks of Sri Lanka, even though it features the country’s largest inland body of water, diverse wildlife and the opportunity to meet the Veddahs - the indigenous inhabitants of the land. To ensure that you experience it to the fullest, Explorer by Mahoora takes you right into the heart of Gal Oya National Park with all the creature comforts. After a day filled with amazing encounters, relax by a roaring campfire and wonder what mysteries the universe holds as you gaze at the magical myriad of stars above, as we take care of you. This will be, truly, an unforgettable experience!

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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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