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Dear Trade Colleagues,

We observe Vesak this year, the festival of lights, on a bittersweet note; as the country recently celebrated a peaceful Vesak, while rising out from the darkness of the deplorable Easter Attacks on our island, we remember our loss as equally as we are determined to rebuild and rise from it. Sri Lanka has been declared open for tourism by the government, with extra security measures being taken across the island.
In this month's "Journeys" we invite you to try the best seafood in Mannar, see how far the 140 year old coconut husking industry has come, meet the quirky and warmhearted locals – from mechanic turned wildlife adventure guide, to mechanic turned world famous motorcycle restorer, and ethically spend a day with an elephant or even live with the tuskers of Sri Lanka.

Only together we rise. Only together we rebuild. Only together we share the beauty of Sri Lanka with the rest of the world.

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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