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Dear Trade Colleagues,

Greetings fellow explorers! 

We’re quite pleased to announce that the new year has brought good tidings and new beginnings! The Covid vaccine arrived in Sri Lanka last month and vaccination drives are currently underway all across the Island. We’re also happy to have welcomed our first guest in over 11 months to Sri Lanka, who is currently enjoying the benefits of his biosecurity bubble. 

All visitors to Sri Lanka are required to spend time in this bubble, but only for a period of two weeks. Thereafter, they are free to explore the Island… whether it’s living in the colonial era with Sir John, mastering the making of the king of all Sri Lankan accompaniments, hanging out with an Avifauna expert, or finding out how we’re brokering peace between elephants and humans… the possibilities are truly endless.

I wish you and your clients an experiential journey and look forward to seeing you soon.

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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