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An array of experiences and more than just accommodation at Kevan’s Casa

Located just 30 minutes away from the ancient Veddah village of Dambana; home to the indigenous tribe of Sri Lanka, Kevan’s Casa offers accommodation that is a mix of modern luxury blended with local and unique experiences for those who dare. Kevan’s Casa offers 16 rooms all equipped with modern amenities for an enjoyable and memorable stay. Memorable because the hotel offers guests the opportunity to enjoy breakfast on the banks of the lake, take part in the task of milking cows in a village house and even enjoy a catamaran ride around the infamous Sorabora Lake at sunrise.

The Rathkinda Reservoir is one of the best locations to watch elephants as they swim in the lake, and this can be enjoyed from April to August every year. The best part? The reservoir is located just 30 minutes away from the hotel, and should guests like to partake in this activity, it can certainly be arranged. When you stay at Kevan’s Casa, you can also take part in many other local experiences including hikes to nearby waterfalls and to the Alien Rock and fishing in Sorabora Lake.


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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