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2020 03


Dear Trade Colleagues,

Greetings fellow explorers! 

I hope you and your families have been well and safe during the pandemic. Even though we are faced with a global pandemic, everyone years for a piece of normalcy - so we hope our newsletter can add some brightness to your day. 

Let me take you through our April explorations - first to Jim’s Farm Villa, a boutique hotel in Matale, Sri Lanka that was founded and created based on the farms in Suffolk, England. Located in a 50 acre plot of land, Jim’s Farm Villa is the perfect piece of England, with some exciting Sri Lankan finds. 

Next we take you across our culture with the Festival of Lights, also known as ‘Vesak’ in Sri Lanka. A religious celebration, that is celebrated by the Buddhist community in Sri Lanka, our teams had to improvise and have a rather unorthodox celebration despite the current situation. We also take you to learn the beautiful art of Laaksha, introduced to Sri Lanka just as Buddhism was introduced to the country and has withstood many ears and been passed down for many generations.

Our tour guide of the month is Sunny - aptly named after all the sunshine and happiness he brings to our guests not only with his friendly demeanor but also with his musical talents. And last but not least, we are happy to have had our first Zoom webinar for young wildlife enthusiasts with a veteran Ecologist which saw a participation of over a 100 kids from across the world. 

Stay tuned for our future updates!

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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