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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

  

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

Athula, he is a birding expert.

3 Mar 2019
Athula with Phina and Group

Athula with Phina and Group

Phina Liang

04/ 03/ 2019

Through Walk With Jtih arrangement. We had a wonderful birding trip experience in Sri Lanka starting from Feb 23rd to March 04th 2019.

During this journey, we watched 203 species of birds which includes all the 33 endemics. Thanks to Athula, our bird guide, he is a birding expert, without his help we couldn’t achieve our target.

Upali was determined, 34 endemics birds seen, 29 photographed! total 230+

9 Feb 2019

Bill Rowe
Bill Rowe with Upali

My initial contact was with Jith at the Rutland Birdfair. I was impressed by his knowledge and enthusiasm – so did not look at any other company in detail. All communication has been very prompt, all questions answered to my satisfaction and all printed material very clear (really liked the photos)

Jith promptly met me at the airport and introduced us me to Upali, my guide/ driver.

All endemics found !!!

9 Feb 2019
Marco Valentini and friends in Sinharaja

Marco Valentini and friends in Sinharaja

We have been birding with Walk With Jith 26.1 – 9.2.2019. The orientation and schedule comes from experience and have fully satisfied our expectations. Concerning hotel accommodation I suggest for photographers, Martin’s Lodge when in Sinharaja. Our *** totaled more than 210 species, of which many nicely photographed, often in challenging conditions. A special mention to our guide Thilina that is always available and flexible, tireless and knowledgeable. With his continuous efforts we have really enjoyed our stay here in Sri Lanka.

Great, Jith and Thilina

Marco Valentini and friends – Italy

P.S. All endemics have been found!!!

Second time birding with “Walk With Jith”

20 Dec 2018
Zoe and group with Thilina birdwatching

Zoe and group with Thilina birdwatching

This is my second time birding with “Walk With Jith” and as expected, we had a wonderful time, thanks Jith for organizing the tour for us and we are especially impressed by the flexibility in changing the booking to accommodate our special needs. A big “thank you” to my friend Thilina, a great energetic and knowledgeable guide who knows everything about birds in Sri Lanka! Thank you for buying us king coconuts, sweet corn and vegetable rotti. They were so tasteful. I hope to visit Sri Lanka again soon and do come to Taiwan when you have time, we can do bird watching together.

Phenomenal ability to spot a difficult bird, endless patience, and a ton of energy

28 Nov 2018
Tony Wilson with Thilina at Lunugamvehera National Park

Tony Wilson with Thilina at Lunugamvehera National Park

I have nothing but praise for Walk With Jith. From the moment I emailed Jith to enquire about a tour, I felt that I was in safe hands, dealing with people who understood just what I wanted and were happy to provide it. I soon learned that Jith runs a very professional operation, with kindness, expertise, and thoughtful attention to detail.

My main driver Thilina was fair dinkum amazing: I reckon I’ve met some pretty good birders over the years, and I’m no beginner myself come to that, but Thilina takes the cake. Nice bloke, cheerful, easy going, phenomenal ability to spot a difficult bird, endless patience, and a ton of energy. We did an eclectic mixture of bird photography, hard-core birding, landscape photography, and various other things as the fancy took us. Perfect.

Wide variety of habitats, great overview of the bird life

13 Aug 2018

Owen and Tina with Upali
Owen and Tina with Upali

We would like to thank you for a fabulous three-week tour of Sri Lanka covering both bird watching and cultural activities. One of the strengths has been the wide variety of habitats we have visited, giving us a great overview of the bird life of Sri Lanka. As the result of the skill and knowledge of our guide, we have seen the majority of the endemics. However, one of the highlights must be our unexpected spotting of a Loris in Sinharaja forest.

We have stayed in a variety of different accommodation, which have all been in stunning locations, from basic motels to colonial bungalows. The standard of these has been at least good. We would like to thank you and your team for a well-organized and well balanced program.       

Tina and Owen Watkins
Chester, United Kingdom
 

Thilina - best bird guide we have ever encountered

7 Aug 2018

Yolande Cozijn Warren Wilson and Guide Thilina
Yolande Cozijn Warren Wilson and Guide Thilina

Take a look at there Photo Book here: https://my.album.works/2NFFcyG

Bookings, itinerary, airport reception all very good.

All hotels very good except hotel “Leisure Village” hotel, Nuwara Eliya. Much below standard for our company clients. Must be better standard in future.

For us, the full day at Yala National Park was too long. Emphasis for us – perhaps OK for others.

Vehicle always clean, comfortable and felt safe.

Strongly recommend Walk With Jith for those planning a trip to Sri Lanka

1 May 2018

Ong Siew Seo, Koh Lin Kee, Karen Wee, Yeo Hoon Leng with guide Thilina
Ong Siew Seo, Koh Lin Kee, Karen Wee, Yeo Hoon Leng with guide Thilina

Our trip to Sri Lanka with Walk With Jith was from 27 Apr to 1 May 18. We are extremely delighted with all the arrangements, which started with the reception at the airport, where we received 01 package which included a guidebook on birds of Sri Lanka and a road map (such attention to details and thoughtfulness !)

We are especially happy with our chauffeur guide, Thilina! He is professional, friendly and always do his best to find the birds!

We strongly recommend Walk With Jith for those planning a trip to Sri Lanka and in fact, we are already planning for another visit!

Ong Siew Seo

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