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“Just for us” trip made all the difference

19 Oct 2019
Olivia Pokras and Bob with Hetti

Olivia Pokras and Bob with Hetti

Dear (Walk With) Jith,

It’s hard to imagine a better trip to Sri Lanka for our interests; birds in particular, but nature in general, your efforts in working with my wife, Olivia, to design a “just for us” trip made all the difference. This trip focused on the south. It may take a few years before return (it’s a long trip to the U.S), But we are already talking about seeing the north of your wonderful country.

Many thanks,
Bob and Olivia

P.S. what can I say about Hetti?
If we are lucky enough to return, it would have to be with Hetti. He is a wonderful guide; He is an even better person.

19th  October 1st November 2018

 

Birds and other wildlife -- we got everything and much more from our tour.

21 Sep 2019
Robb Dunn and Barbara Liddle

Robb Dunn and Barbara Liddle

As two people interested in birds and other wildlife, we got everything and much more from our tour. While the national parks were amazing, walk with Jith’s contacts with local villages were equally memorable. The knowledge and enthusiasm of our expert guide and friendliness of all the special jeep drivers made for a wonderful experience in a beautiful country. Go to Sri Lanka for your own walk with Jith! You wont be disappointed!

Recommend Walk With Jith to anyone visiting this beautiful country

19 Jun 2019
Erik Enbody and Grace Sprehn in Rain Forest with Thilina

Erik Enbody and Grace Sprehn in Rain Forest with Thilina

We chose Walk With Jith and his outstanding guide Thilina for our bird watching holiday in June. We wanted a guide for logistics and for find the more difficult birds. We couldn’t have chosen better. Jith communicated with us for months to plan the perfect itinerary and arranged all the logistics.

On tour Thilina worked day and night to find the birds and mammals. He found all that we wanted and more. More than just a wildlife guide, Thilina was also great at looking after our needs, always flexible and extremely friendly. Along the way Thilina ensured we experienced the best local food and culture, in between focused and productive birding sessions. We can especially recommend him to anyone interested to seeing owls, as he is the most capable and dedicated owl finder we have met.

We work hardly recommend Walk With Jith to anyone visiting this beautiful country.    

Incredibly rare Ceylon Bay Owl – only with Athula’s expert service

9 Jun 2019
Timothy Liew and Group

Timothy Liew and Group

Thank you so much Athula for an absolutely amazing six days of birding. Not only is Athula professional in his guide services, he ensured that everything was well taken care of including the accommodations and food. Athula is an expert bird guide and he knows each bird species and calls which he can easily identify. Throughout the six days he has put in a lot of hard work and dedication to ensure that we were able to see all the endemics.

Birding only in Sinharaja and Nuwara Eliya we were able to see all endemics except the Wood Pigeon.  Highlight of the trip included photography the endemic Serendib Scopes Owl, Sri Lanka Frogmouth, Scaly Thrush and the all-time elusive and incredible rare Ceylon Bay Owl. It is only with Athula’s expert service that we were able to achieve this and we would highly recommend Athula to any prospective bird watches or photographers. 

Timothy Liew, Donovan, Jin Rui, HuiXian

Singapore

09th June to 14th June 2019

  

Sad time to be in Sri Lanka. But it didn’t spoil our trip.

19 Apr 2019
Safari in Yala National Park -- Lisa Correl and Julian with Thilina

Safari in Yala National Park -- Lisa Correl and Julian with Thilina

Everything was fabulous. Great bird sightings. Great safari.

Excellent hotels (apart from Lake view) Lovely Sri Lankan people

Fabulous food.

Thilina is an amazing guide. Very knowledgeable – polite – nothing too much trouble. He made this a perfect tour. Very sad time to be in Sri Lanka with the awful troubles. But it didn’t spoil out trip. Thank you to Jith and Thilina !!!

Guide Thilina recommended especially of bird photographers -- outstanding!

7 Apr 2019

Tony and Christine with Thilina
Tony and Christine with Thilina

We could not have wished for better.

Our guide Tilly (Thilina) was outstanding and we would recommend him to anyone- especially bird photographers. Accommodation was very good and the gardens around Hibiscus and Blue Magpie were “dripping” with birds.

We had a great holiday and would definitely use WWJ again. These guys really know their birds and where to find them.

Tony and Christine

Australia

Most well organised Birding tour we’ve ever undertaken

30 Mar 2019

Dave Tanner with Guide Athula
Dave Tanner with Guide Athula

Hi Jith​

Mary & I are now back home and fully recovered from our long flight from Colombo to Scotland via Dubai (26 hours travelling).

Firstly, we would like to thank you personally for organising a wonderful tour. We’re both of the opinion that this was the best and most well organised Birding tour we’ve ever undertaken, a credit to your planning .

We would also like to take this opportunity to once again thank Athula, who primarily was an excellent guide, driver and general all-round fixer . At a number of our hotels the staff didn’t seem to understand the concept of being vegetarian, on one occasion even thinking that Chicken soup was vegetarian . Not to worry, all sorted by Athula.

Big success due to the expertise and leadership of our guide Thilina

30 Mar 2019
Tim Snieder and Ramata Cisse with Thilina

Tim Snieder and Ramata Cisse with Thilina

Our birding trip was a big success due to the expertise and leadership of our guide Thilina Karunanayaka. His combination of passion for passion for nature, enthusiasm, resourcefulness and jovial character ensured that we found all 34 endemic species of Sri Lanka, plus a few bonuses! Thilina carried out detailed reconnaissance on the most difficult species, especially owls, seeming to have local contacts assisting him in every place we went. Lastly, we encountered a couple of tricky situations during the trip which our guide took care of in an extremely professional manner. We highly recommend Thilina of Walk With Jith tours to anyone serious about observing birds and / or wildlife in Sri Lanka.

We are birdwatchers not “twitchers”

26 Mar 2019

We are birdwatchers not “twitchers” and so were unsure what to expect. We were reassured firstly by Jith’s prompt and helpful information.

Our guide, Upali was amazing – he made us feel safe and secure, drove really carefully and carried out the itinerary to the letter. His knowledge about birds is first class. He was always polite and very helpful and never lost patience with our lack of bird watching experience. We managed to see the majority of the endemics and most of the birds shown in the bird book I had purchased. We were generally happy with our accommodation – it did vary considerably but we felt was value for money. The evening meals at Rock View motel were not to our liking. We particularly enjoyed the plantation hotel at Kithulgala and the Hibiscus hotel or Tissamaharama.

Our third trip. Guide's knowledge is astounding.

19 Mar 2019

This was our third trip and as enjoyable as the others, Our guide made it particularly enjoyable – his knowledge of the birds and wildlife generally was astounding.

His knowledge of location, habitat and calls ensured we saw more different birds than on earlier trips to Sri Lanka with “walk with jith”.

His organising and time schedules ensured we were out birding at the best/most comfortable times of the day.

Hetti’s English and sense of humour were particularly entertaining whilst driving between locations.

My wife and I thoroughly recommend “walk with jith” for birding in Sri Lanka.

 

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