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Experiential Accommodation at Mountain Villa Riverston - where luxury meets with tranquility

Nestled in the banks of Thelgamu Oya, the newest addition to our list of hotels; Mountain Villa Riverston, offers guests a panoramic view of the Knuckles Mountain range and the breathtaking valleys below, of the Manigala Rock. The cozy three bedroom villa can accommodate up to eight guests - making this the perfect hideaway for families who are eager to relax amidst the lush green scenery and misty valleys.

Guests staying at the Mountain Villa Riverston have the opportunity to relax on the deck by the river and enjoy the splendid views of Manigala. The location of the villa makes this the ideal paradise for those interested in trekking as well as those who love mother nature. And the villa offers many activities to its patrons including nature trails and mountain bike rides to explore the surrounding wilderness. So what more could you ask for?


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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