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Canoeing in Sri Lanka

Dear Trade Colleagues,

We are back to ‘business as usual'. Hence my situation updates have stopped too. Last few weeks we have had Presidents, Mayors, Religious Delegations, Sports Teams, Cruise Ships all visiting Sri Lanka with renewed interest. Though there are more countries to follow the lead taken by Sweden to completely take the Travel Advisory away, almost all the countries have now relaxed the advisories to a level you can promote Sri Lanka. 

Hence, I really hope Sri Lanka is back in your “Must Travel Destinations in the World” list in your business discussions with clients. That's the best help you can do for Sri Lanka right now. 

Further, as before we are ready to work with you on Fam Trips and Press Trips to showcase what we got to offer in Sri Lanka. 

In this "Journeys" you will find a few things that’ll take you away from the usual; luxurious escapism with Living Heritage Koslanda, dancing to ancient baila in the rural Sirambiadiya Kaffir Village, meeting your friendly neighborhood camp manager and mixologist (if your neighbourhood happens to be Udawalawe), answering the riddle of how you fit an elephant into a suitcase, growing green initiatives for the next generation, and finally making Sri Lanka’s Nature Guides’ Academy a recognised reality!

And you will find that as a very resilient nation and an industry we have not let go of our annual travel & tourism exhibition as well. 

What more . . 

If you haven’t begun following up on your Sri Lanka inquires yet, stop reading this newsletter and pick the phone !

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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