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The art of making patterns through a needle and thread

Everything can now be easily replicated with the help of  modern technology. Technology has become an easy way of getting things done faster, but this does not always guarantee that it will still hold the same value. People say one of the best things about technology is that it helps us do previously time consuming tasks for a fraction of the original price, but this doesn’t always make it a great thing.

Let's think of a detailed pattern that is embroidered on fabric by hand. A hand stitched embroidery costs more than machine done ones, simply because of the manual labour that goes into making that art that is a skill of handling a needle and thread. A small entrepreneur with over 30 years of weaving this art by their hands will not only create a piece of embroidery, but they will make it with dedication and passion. So next time, try taking back some handmade embroidery back home as a souvenir instead of machine stitched ones. You will not only take a piece of art that was done out of passion, but also help support a local small business.


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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