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It’s a bird, it’s a plane it’s… Dil!

If there is one person that can be solely credited with making Kite Surfing a thing in Sri Lanka, it would have to be Sri Lanka’s first IKO qualified instructor Dilsiri or Dil as he is fondly known to everyone. Dil’s love for adventure was always going to take him far from his home in Colombo and in 2013, he moved to Kalpitiya in Sri Lanka’s North Western province and turned it into the home of Kite Surfing. In the 8 years that have passed, Kite Surfing has become a booming business in Kalpitiya, with many of Dil’s students opening Kite Surfing operations of their own. Although his infectious enthusiasm is a key factor of his success, credit must also go to his foresight in ensuring no damage occurred to the environment and also that the community around the location benefitted from this operation. The next time you are in Kalpitiya, stop by for a chat with this sprightly personality, for a quick lowdown on all things adventure!

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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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