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Dear Trade Colleagues,

Welcome to ‘Journeys’ once again!

It’s springtime in Sri Lanka and in this chapter of ‘Journeys’, under Experiential Accommodation, we speak of a beautiful eco-friendly resort located in the southern part of the island, which is very closely connected with the ancient epic of the legendary Ramayana.     

We’ve also come up with the concept of ‘Colombo by Jeep’ for your clients, and this tour style promises them a ‘real Sri Lankan experience’. We are sure that they will thoroughly enjoy every minute of this exciting and unique drive.

In June, we Sri Lankans celebrate ‘Poson Poya Day’, commemorating the arrival of Buddhism into Sri Lanka. It has very unique aspects such as the ‘Dansal’, which is a free distribution of various types of food items to everyone paying religious observances on that day. This is done on a very large scale in areas like Anuradhapura, and if your clients are lucky to travel with us during this time of the year, they will get to enjoy this unique experience.

Meet ‘Rahju’, the renowned painter of Sri Lankan-Norwegian descent, under ‘Hosts You Will Meet’, and get to know more about him and his simple life in a Kandyan village.  

In terms of sustainability, you’ll be pleased to know that we’re making every effort we can to save the environment and make our planet a better place. We at Ex. Journeys are now recycling all our waste paper and PET Bottles (even the tiny amount we use), and we have just handed over 68 kgs of waste paper to our recycling partner.

You will also enjoy the ‘News from the Group’ section, where you will read about our 83 km canoeing journey in Kalu Ganga, from the renowned gem city of Ratnapura to the western coastal town of Kalutara.

The sunny isle of Sri Lanka has so much to offer...keep discovering and exploring with us!  

Anuruddha Bandara (A B)
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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