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Real Local Experiences at Anuradhapura Beyond Heritage:

Introducing our latest addition to the trail packages, the village trail in Anuradhapura is aimed to offer our guests a taste of rural life at its best. Your trail will begin at the boutique stall of your local host, Samantha where you will be greeted by a fresh herbal porridge before beginning your ride down a gravel road for 1 kilometer. We will stop at a village house that runs a small dairy farm where you can view the milking process which is done by hand and then enjoy a glass of freshly milked glass of milk before continuing your bike trek. Your next stop will be at the village tank where you will engage in some local fishing with rods and bait. Later on, you will have to cross the lake by carrying your bikes to reach a village house to enjoy some ‘roti’ and ‘lunumiris’ – a local meal made with flour and coconut kneaded and flattened by hand with a local chili paste made with ground onions paired with a cup of herbal drink. Beware! Lunumiris can be quite spicy! Having bid farewell to your village host, you will trek along the village and picturesque paddy fields to reach the main road where your vehicle will pick you up and transfer to you the hotel.


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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