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Sagara; Serving delicacies with Love

Spending time in the wilderness is no new experience to Sagara, the head waiter at our Mahoora Tented Safari Camp in Yala. Sagara is an enigma of a personality, and provides delight and joy to all our guests staying at our Yala campsite with his friendly and hospitable personality. Having begun his career at River Garden Restaurant in Belihuloya, he was groomed to become the head waiter at our Mahoora Tented Safari Camp over the years. He has served across many of our Mahoora campsites, with his experience at the Wasgamuwa National Park and Sinharaja Rainforests being his favorite experiences. 

Sagara is a true nature lover, and enjoys birdwatching during his short breaks at the campsite. His home town is in Balangoda, where he has a beautiful wife and a princess of a 10 year old daughter who he is very fond of and spends a lot of time with during his vacations from work.


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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