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Dear Trade Colleagues,

Greetings from Sri Lanka and welcome to another brand new episode of ‘Journeys’!

We have a lot of news lined up for you this monsoon season beginning from a beautiful 185 year old ancient family home which has been restored to its grandeur to accommodate you under ‘Experiential Accommodation’ which is owner run and well maintained to ensure you and your guests will have an absolutely splendid time here.

Our next adventure is a brand new and very unique experience; a visit to the drum making village of Sri Lanka which will enable our guests to witness and receive hands-on experience on how the ‘sounds of Sri Lanka’ is made.

With it being the start of the whale watching season in the Sri Lankan seas, we are inviting all our guests to be part of this once in a lifetime experience to witness the majestic giants of the ocean with us!

Through our ‘Sustainability Initiatives’, we are taking the initiative to minimize the human-elephant conflict faced in some of the rural areas in the island. This is a truly unique project undertaken by us and we invite all of you to be part of this project that is set about to make a difference.

In addition to all the excitement above, I’m happy to say that we have also been featured in quite a few local newspapers! You are more than welcome to have a look at these articles which will be under ‘News from the Group’.

Happy reading everyone!

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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