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Laaksha; The art of making handicraft with ‘lac-work’

“Laaksha” is regarded as one of the industries which was introduced to Sri Lanka along with the sapling of the ‘Sri Maha Bodhi’ tree when it was brought down from India. The trade has lasted for many generations across many centuries and remains to this day. 

Since the form of art was introduced when Buddhism was first introduced to Sri Lanka, the art has a very close bond with the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy, since the times of the country’s monarchy many centuries ago. Many window frames and poles as well as flag poles and ‘Sesath’ poles taken during the Esala perahera or procession are decorated with the beautiful patterns of Laaksha. 

Visiting a local artist when you’re staying with us will allow you to learn the process of making this traditional wax, mixing colors, making fibrous threads which are then used to create designs using one’s finger nails would certainly make your holiday a remarkable one. And what would be a better souvenir to take back than a jewellery box or an ashtray made by you with this sacred ancient form of art? 


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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