Cook & Dine in Kandy - Sri Lankan style!

This unique culinary ‘cookscapade’ begins at the Kandy Market where you go shopping with your host named Rochika for the fresh veggies, fish or meat that’s required for a traditional meal Sri Lankan style. Saunter through the ‘Pola’ or market place where a wide variety of vegetables, green leaves, fruits, fresh herbs and spices are temptingly laid out in vibrantly colourful rows. You may also grab some fruit for dessert as well. After buying everything necessary for a truly nutritious meal, head for the kitchen of your host where you get to help prepare your Sri Lankan meal.

Get involved in the exciting process of cutting and chopping up the veggies, grinding of the herbs, pounding of the spices and scraping of fresh coconut. Get all the inside information on how each dish is prepared using just the right amount of spices and herbs to preserve the nutrition and goodness of the dishes. When you’ve worked up enough of an appetite from all the delicious aromas wafting around the kitchen, enjoy the delicious meal you’ve prepared with the host’s family.



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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