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Sinharaja Adventure Resort: Experience undisturbed bio-diversity

Even though the Sinharaja forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to a plethora of wildlife, many of them endemic, the Sri Lankan Crested Drongo takes the “Lifetime Award for Attention Seeker Extraordinaire” since it is extraordinarily adept at imitating other bird calls! The Drongo will be the first one to greet you at dawn and the last to say goodnight, but spend enough time here and you will soon learn to identify the imposter from the real deal! Take your time and go on undisturbed rambles along the numerous Nature, Bird Watching or Trekking Trails, and watch the denizens of this virgin rainforest as they go about their daily routines. If you fancy, you could also mount an expedition to a local village and experience the curiosities of village life. Whether you choose to stay in one of the comfortable rooms offered by Sinharaja Adventure Resort or go full-on wild mode and hole up in a tent, Sinharaja Forest will be one of the most tranquil and peaceful stays that you will ever experience.



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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