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Tag along with the island hopper, Mohan!

With wanderlust tugging at his soul from an early age, Mohan was never going to be satisfied being in one place. Being born in the Northernmost part of Sri Lanka, the peninsula known as Yalpanam (Jaffna), that wanderlust came with a caveat though - of needing to be near water at all times. So 25 years ago, when Mohan was looking to expand his horizons, the Maldives ticked all the boxes and he hopped over there and in the process, discovered his love for tourism. After a few years spent in the archipelago, Mohan returned home to Sri Lanka and now spends his time hosting visitors and showing them around the country. Although his speciality is in taking people around the Yalpanam area and hopping over to the numerous islands dotted around it, he is also extremely knowledgeable and well versed in attractions of other parts of the country. Whether it’s cycling or walking tours, dining experiences or cultural tours, Mohan is your man with the plan!

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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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