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Dear Trade Colleagues,

We wish you a warm ‘Ayubowan’ all the way from Sri Lanka, and welcome again to yet another exciting episode of ‘Journeys’.

This month, we introduce to you a unique accommodation option in the historical city of Kandy under Experiential Accommodation. This delightful, owner-run place is a great option for anyone who wishes stay close to and yet away from the noise of the bustling city centre. You are bound to enjoy your stay as the owner, Naeem, is a great host to be with and a true Sri Lankan with a great passion for hospitality.

This time, under ‘Real Local Experiences’, we give you a peek into a very special industry, which is the ancient art of making of clay roof tiles. Your clients are definitely going to be excited by this entire experience, will thoroughly enjoy their visit to the tile making factory and will come away with many fascinating stories to tell.

The month of July is the season for ‘bear’ necessities! As the ‘Palu’ fruit (a yellowish-green oblong fruit renowned for its medicinal properties here in SL) comes into season, our usually shy and elusive friends, the Sloth Bears can be observed feasting on the ripening fruits in the jungle. Read all about this unique phenomenon of nature below.

You will meet Prof Sarath Kotagama, the renowned Ornithologist and Conservationist of Sri Lanka under ‘Hosts You Will Meet’.

In terms of sustainability, we have a very successful Drinking Water Policy that we are truly proud of. We are pleased to say that we provide safe and quality drinking water to all our valuable guests, and have completely stopped the practice of single-use plastic bottles in our tours, making us truly sustainable in business.

Furthermore, in the ‘News from the Group’ section, you get to read all about a new and exciting camping experience we organised in Doluwa, a town in Kandy.

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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