Neighbouring the most famous south coast beach in Rumassala, the ‘Jungle Beach’, Jungle Village by Thawthisa is an eco-friendly resort catering to those who seeking a natural and unspoiled beach experience, along with the calmness of an isolated jungle.

According to legend, Rumassala is believed to be a part of the herbal mountain with medicinal plants that was dropped by Hanuman while carrying it from the Himalayas to heal his wounded Lord, King Rama in the battle with King Ravana.

Jungle Village by Thawthisa is located in a spacious and privileged environment on this very land, which enables guests to experience the best of the jungle and the beach. Designed to provide a spectacular view of the jungle, the resort’s restaurant and sitting areas offer unique dining options of which the guests can choose to enjoy. The chalets are traditionally designed to provide privacy and a stunning view of the jungle, enabling guests to listen to the natural music of birdsong in the jungle while lying in their beds.


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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