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2020 03


Dear Trade Colleagues,

Greetings from the team at ExJ!

I hope this newsletter finds you, your family and your teams well. Despite the lockdowns and curfews faced by all of us in the past few weeks, I am happy to see that things are starting to look up during these bleak times. We may have not recovered fully, but this is a step forward in the right direction.

This month we come to you with a few new additions to our journey of experiences - starting with Kevan’s Casa, a boutique hotel very close to Dambana; a village which is the home to the local indegenous tribe known as ‘veddahs’. We are also pleased to introduce our guests to the beautiful and intricate art of hand embroidery. Next, we are happy to introduce you to Sameera, our featured local host for the month. He hails from an agricultural family, but found his true calling and passion in nature.

During these times, our team members continue to work from the safety of their homes while working on new plans to create new experiences for our guests for the coming months. In the meantime, we have a few of our staff members stationed in our camps, lodges and hotels around the island and they make it a point to growing fruits and vegetables in our own premises.

Anuruddha Bandara (AB)
Experiential Journeys


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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