Tour reviews from 2016

What an excellent enjoyable holiday we had in Sri Lanka

24 Dec 2016
Geoff Potter and Arisara with Upali
Geoff Potter and Arisara with Upali

Hi Jith, Firstly let me say what an excellent enjoyable holiday we had in Sri Lanka. The whole trip was brilliant and I will be recommending my friends to go there and to use your services!

The Guide: Mr. Upali was an excellent guide and companion on our trip. He was very well informed about the birds, locations and local knowledge. He was also very knowledgeable when it came to the cultural sites and their history together with some very insightful information about Sri Lankan Buddhism. He was reliable, punctual and a safe driver. Please pass on our thanks to him for all his help.

Well planned and executed. Extremely committed birdwatcher showed all endemics.

23 Dec 2016

Rosen Family - Sweden Birding Tour in Sri Lanka 2016-17
Rosen Family - Sweden. Birding Tour in Sri Lanka 2016-17

A well planned and executed trip for nature, birds & culture. Mr. Upali has done a very good job with logistics, atmosphere and not least sharing his deep knowledge on birds and culture. We really appreciate him sharing local customs, food and treats.

Last but not least, Mr. Upali is an extremely committed birdwatcher and managed to show 34 (all) endemics with good views. In addition we saw much more and had a good birding experience.

The choice of accommodation has been varied but always with “location” in focus. We like this concept, and with Mr. Upali reminding us to bring a few beers to Martins Lodge, we were all set.

Rosen Fanily, Sweden

23/12 16 – 6/1 17

A well planned and executed trip for nature birds and culture

23 Dec 2016

Rosen Family with Upali
Rosen Family with Upali

A well planned and executed trip for nature birds & culture. Mr. Upali has done a very good Job with Logistics, Atmosphere and not least sharing his deep knowledge on Birds and culture. We really appreciate him sharing local customs, foods and treats.

Last but not least, Mr. Upali is an extremely committed bird watcher and managed to show 34 (All) Endemics with views, in addition we saw much more and had a good birding experience.

The choice of accommodation has been varied but always with “location” focus. We like this concept, and with Mr. Upali reminding us to bring a few beers to Martin’s Lodge we were all set!

Thank you

Rosen Family, Sweden

23/12 16 – 6/1 17

A group from Turkey

17 Dec 2016

Tour comment in Turkish language
Tour comment in Turkish Language

Well organized and delivered. The locations were well chosen.

12 Dec 2016

The trip was great; well organized and delivered. The locations were well chosen to meet the bird and other wildlife watching interests.

The hotels were good, the people friendly and helpful – delightfully so.

The guide, Hetti, became part of the family. He was / is expert at finding birds and other wildlife. Good company – in fact great fun. Score 10/10.

Thank you Jith for organizing and thank you Hetti for delivering with style.

Joan & John McAllister

27-12-2016

Knew where most species possible and also to get the best photographic opportunities

3 Dec 2016

Damon Ramsey
Damon Ramsey bird watching

hi Prasanjith

Yea, sorry for the delay in replying, I meant to email you a few days ago, but I am back at work already and busy again!

As you can see I have put in half a dozen pages on various Sri Lankan spots so feel free to link to whatever you want.

I tried to get as many reports and images done while at mirrisa, but now I have left the country, I probably won't add to much more at this stage, maybe just a little tinkering..

No need for Google with Saman around. Service was excellent, superb guide

28 Nov 2016

This was our first holiday of this type but it will not be the last. The program that was put together surpassed the remit to see some of the cultural highlights, visit the wildlife ‘hotspots’ and also fit in some birding.

Service was excellent from first content through to our superb guide Saman who not only continuously amazed us with his bird and wildlife knowledge (no need for Google with Saman around) but was patient with a very Bad Birdwatchers and went out of his way to fulfil various random requests.

Saw all the endemic birds... Monkeys taking our bananas at breakfast...

14 Nov 2016

We had a wonderful trip. Upali was an excellent guide and so calm driving the exciting roads of Sri Lanka. He was not only very knowledgeable about birds but the flora and fauna too.

It was so good & very special for him to organize a surprise birthday cake at the hotel in Tissa. We saw all the endemic birds and also fitted in some “culture” too, The evening stroll at Kandy was memorable for the first outs and the temple, the hotel free for the monkeys taking our bananas at breakfast.

We will be back!

Thank you!

Colin & Clare Slator

14/11/16 – 28/11/16

Very good trip with friendly people

1 Nov 2016

Allan Oxenham and Mark Hulley with Thilina
Allan Oxenham, Mark Hulley with Thilina

Good all through tour, got all endemics western food if preferred. Guide Thilina very helpful knows the birds and calls well, vehicle comfortable with plenty of room. All round a very good trip with friendly people.

Allan Oxenham

NOV/DEC 16

Good photography opportunities!

16 Oct 2016

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Birdwatching - Hans and Sandy with Thilina from Walk With Jith

We went to <***> Walk With Jith for this wonderful tour through Sri Lanka. Thilina is a wonderful guide with an exceptional birding knowledge. He managed to find the most difficult species. Our trip was full of <***> in nature for the full day; This gave also good photography opportunities, the main goal of our trip.

Hans & Sandy
Belgium
31/10/16 – 18/11/16

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At Botanical Gardens - Hans and Sandy with Thilina from Walk With Jith

 

Our most enjoyable second visit to your lovely country

3 Oct 2016

This trip report is created by us using a few emails Helen and Peter Preston sent us after their second tour with Walk With Jith. Thank so much for both of you for your valuable info and effort.

Peter and Helen Preston with Upali
Peter and Helen Preston with Upali

From: Peter Preston
Sent: Monday, October 3, 2016 8:15 PM
To: Prasanjith Caldera
Subject: Thanks and Thoughts

Dear Jith,

Fantastic scenery, culture, animals, birds and friendly people

27 Aug 2016

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Hanna Jackson - Debbie Jackson - John Ashworth - Upali - Walk With Jith tour in Sri Lanka

Many thanks for a wonderful holiday. We feel like we have really experienced Sri Lanka with its fantastic scenery, culture, animals, birds and friendly people.
With the holidays wildlife tours we had a super guide in Upali. He was polite, thoughtful and extremely knowledgeable – making sure that we saw as many birds and animals as possible–especially the endemics. 
Overall a will thought through and planned experience. We will definitely recommend you. Thank you.
John Ashworth – Thanks 
Debbie Jackson X
Hanna Jackson :)

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John Ashworth
27/8/16

 

He found the Serendib Scops Owl on a branch when it seemed impossible!

28 Jul 2016

 

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Vittorio Pedrocchi and family with Thilina.

Vittorio Pedrocchi
28-7-2016

We have made a 7 days tour in order to see the difficult birds of Wet Zone and highlands. We are a family of five, with 3 children, and we have seen 32 endemic birds with our guide Thilina.
Thilina is a very good bird watcher, he found many birds through its calling, and he take care of our family while looking for birds. He found the Serendib Scops Owl on a branch when it seemed impossible!
The places we stayed were very good and the organization was perfect. We recommend Walk With Jith for making birdwatching tours.

A unique holiday for our honeymoon!

12 Jun 2016

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We were extremely pleased with the trip that we booked with Walk With Jith – our guide Upali has fantastic knowledge of all of the wildlife especially the birds and was a true professional.
We were looking for a unique holiday for our honeymoon, one that would be very special to us that we will remember for the rest of our lives and this trip certainly delivered.
Thank you very much Walk With Jith!

Rachel & Frank Holmy
12/06/2016

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It was good to be guided to see all the endemics in 10 days

18 Apr 2016

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Peter Marsack and Janet Gardner with Saman

An excellent tour, and Saman was an excellent guide – very knowledgeable about the birds but also other wildlife and culture. Having two teenagers with little interest in birding could have made it difficult, but Saman did well to involve them sometimes and keep them interested.

With our particular interest in the birds, it was good to be guided to see all the endemics in 10 days – we would certainly not have found them all without help. We also got to see the pride Sri Lankans have in their wildlife and natural heritage, something other countries could aspire to.

Upali was amazing and a real expert bird watcher

1 Apr 2016

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Thanks to Jith and our local guide, Upali, we had a wonderful, 10-day tour of Sri Lanka. We learned so much about this country and its people. We took lots of beautiful pictures of scenery and birds to enjoy back home. Upali was amazing and a real expert bird watcher. We couldn’t believe all the birds that we got to see in all the parks and wetlands. We appreciated all the good email communications with Jith to plan everything just the way we wanted it. And the expedition was perfect! Thanks again! All the best! 

Organization excellent, trouble free trip, 229 species seen

31 Mar 2016

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Peter Boesman and Howard Laidlaw

The organization of the trip was excellent. All of the arrangements were perfect and this produced a trouble free trip. The services and knowledge of our driver/bird guide Thilina were first class and he knows very well how to find Sri Lanka’s birds. Due to his knowledge and hard work we succeeded in seeing all of Sri Lanka’s endemic bird species and many other species. Our trip list is 229 species.

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From:     Peter Boesman
Sent:    Wed 4/06/16 12:05 PM
To:    walkwithjith@hotmail.com

He has been patient and flexible and has gone over and above the call of duty to help us.

16 Mar 2016

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We have spent 11 days of our 4 week holiday on a culture & birding tour with WWJ.
Our guide Nandana has been a great bonus to us. He has been good company, taught us lots about Sri Lanka’s culture and history. He has been patient and flexible and has gone over and above the call of duty to help us. Eg. Finding lost items and getting medication when I was ill. His ability as a bird guide is amazing – even though we did not expect to see so many – we have seen 31 out of 33 endemic species. The general birding experience has been fanctastic – Horton Palins and Sinharaja being the highlights of our trip. Tnaks also to Newton (Yala) and Thilak (Sinharaja) for expert driving!

Karen and Simon Bates
10.3.16 – 21.3.16

Our tour guide was excellent and very knowledgeable.

15 Mar 2016

Sharon Whitaker and Valerie Mock with Indunil - March 2016
Sharon Whitaker and Valerie Mock with Indunil - March 2016

Walk with jith more than met our expectations. Our tour guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. He not only knew his bird species, he also knew which ones were endemic and which ones were migrant. He was able to compare them with ones that were in the us where we live and other Counties where we have visited, like South Africa. And most important for us. We also learned at our request about other flora and fauna, especially the unique lizards and flowing Shrubs and trees.

The driver was not only careful on the very crowded roads, but also good at spotting birds and lizards. He was much attuned to our needs. Slowing and stopping where possible for photos and bird watching opportunities.

A great way to experience Sri Lanka’s great birds.

11 Mar 2016

Tony Crocker with Upali

Tony Crocker with Upali

Terrific 10 days in Sri Lanka. All arrangements worked perfectly. Faultless pre tour service and Jith met me on arrival and called before departure. And all for excellent value. A great way to experience Sri Lanka’s great birds.

Read Tony’s trip report here: http://srilankabirdingtripreports.com/Tony-Crocker-Trip-Report 

The trip has been a magical journey for me and my family.

9 Mar 2016

Joshua, John and Pamella

9/3/2016 – 23/3/2016

The trip has been a magical journey for me and my family. To be with my mother and uncle as they visited place in Sri Lanka from their childhoods was marvelous, and all to   other locations, cities, hotels, shrines, temples and wildlife reserves was suspended not to mention all the birds. What really was special, was the comfort and ease of the whole holiday. We were in marvelous hands with Jith and attitude – always cared first and it made the journey effortless and marvelous.

I can’t walk to come back again further adventures with Sri Lanka and will. Happily WALK WITH JITH Again.

Thanks for everything.

Very impressive and pleased Travel and Journey

5 Mar 2016

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Very impressive and pleased travel and journey. Thanks to all of your staff!

It’s my pleasure and my fortune to meet the company ‘Walk With Jith’, also is my luckiest think to have the companied by Saman, so is an wonderful trip! We will come here again in the future! Thanks for your accompany.

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Very Enjoyable Tour

3 Mar 2016

Jhon Robertson

Very enjoyable tour. We saw all the places, birds and animals we wished to see. The driver/ guide (Nandana) was knowledgeable about the place history and culture and practically good as spotting loud and finding them in the scope. The tour was Flexible and we were able to do things. We wanted to do this included divisions to Diyatalawa for family history reasons.

Altogether, a good experience.

 

My first birding trip

29 Feb 2016


Crane Tour 2016 - Taiwan Group - In Sinharaja with Guide Athula

Comments - Crane Tours 2016

This is my first birding trip Although is a bit demanding physically. I do learn a lot and got many excellent pictures. Overall it is a wonderful trip. Many thanks.
Nelson
Houston, Texas

 

Crane Tour 2016 - Taiwan Group - In Sinharaja with Guide Athula

Wonderful Tour

25 Feb 2016

Maxine Sweet and Michael Welboon with Walk With Jith guide Thilina
Maxine Sweet and Michael Welboon with Walk With Jith guide Thilina

Wonderful tour our guide Thillina supposed. He tire in his belly for Birding fulfilled all our needs and went out of his way to provide us. With all the birds we requested made sure that the food one of us had we all great as. Vegetarian and aid not like spice not easy in Sri Lanka. We were happy with our accommodation at times basic but always made to feel very welcome. If you were not happy will anything you only had to say and staff or our guide Thillina sorted it out we will to walking with jith again and soon all hope.

A Great Experience and Introduction to Our First Visit to Sri Lanka

18 Feb 2016

Nigel Sillett and Vanessa Anne with Walk With Jith guide
Nigel Sillett and Vanessa Anne with Walk With Jith guide

A Great 2 week in Sri Lanka, with an Itinerary that included culture sites, wildlife, whale watching and amazing local knowledge and had sites for all the 33 endemic plus the rarer migrants.

We were lucky to see all endemic Birds, 213 species in total. A Leopard in a tree at Yala, along with Elephant crocodiles. And the whale watching out of Marissa prodded tow species of Dolphin, Inc. “Spinning” spinner Dolphins. And 5 separate sightings of blue whale; the same individuals we titanic at 10 minute intervals.

All In All, A Great Experience and Introduction to our first visit to Sri Lanka.

Nigel & Vanessa.

An amazing 8 days

16 Feb 2016

I will send a full report your email.

An amazing 8 days with a brilliant tour guide drivers Athula.

Andrew Schofield and others with Athula in Sigiriya
Andrew Schofield and others with Athula in Sigiriya

Koush went out of his way to deliver the target bird species… tremendous enthusiasm and knowledge of Sri Lankan wildlife… added to our enjoyment

14 Feb 2016

Liz Young and Geoff Blinks with Kaush
Liz Young and Geoff Blinks with Kaush

Dear Prasanjith,

As promised here is our trip report!

We were very disappointed not to have you with us as guide for the 10 days we were traveling around but must say that your replacement, Koush, together with Indunil the driver was excellent. In our opinion, they are both worthy of a regular role in your organization. Koush went out of his way to deliver the target bird species we mentioned before the trip but he also has a tremendous enthusiasm and knowledge of Sri Lankan wildlife in general which only added to our enjoyment. Indunil also has a pair of good eyes and a kind, courteous manner which meant he was a good traveling companion.

Everything was extremely well organized

9 Feb 2016

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Our tour with “WalkWithJith” was the hassle – free way to enjoy all that Sri Lanka has to offer.

Saman our guide made it a very fulfilling trip – we saw all the birds we would possibly want (205) plans the main culture sight and he ski fully negotiated our way through winding mountain roads & city traffic – Thank u Saman. Small toilets and guesthouses were in mainly rural locations with friendly, attentive staff and great local food.

Everything was extremely well organized – tickets, extra guides, packed breakfast, stops along the road, etc. and Saman even rang ahead to ensure we had buffalo curd at dinner!!

We had an Enjoyable Trip in Sri Lanka.

8 Feb 2016

In Yala - Lui Kok Siong and Wang Wee Woan with Thilina
In Yala - Lui Kok Siong and Wang Wee Woan with Thilina

We had an enjoyable trip in Sri Lanka. Our tour guide Thilina is a knowledgeable birding guide, guiding us in spotting the birds and asserted us in Photography the birds. His knowledge of birds calls is fantastic. He is nice and easy going guide. He is also a safe driver.

 

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Lui Kok Siong and Wang Wee Woan with Thilina
Lui Kok Siong and Wang Wee Woan with Thilina

very good eye-sight… passionate… well organized

8 Feb 2016

The tour guide is a bird expert with very good eye-sight. It’s very important that the guide could point out birds from far/ long distance. He’s very passionate about bird / animals.

The itinerary   is good and well organized. However, the elephant safari could be removed from the itinerary and more time should be spent in Yala National Park. It’s because there are lots of animals. including elephants in Yala National Park.

Good local restaurants should be introduced to the tourists. so that we can taste the very local food and culture.

 Karen Lee Group 2016

Tour guide is bird expect with very good eye

8 Feb 2016

Karen Lee and others with Jith at Raja Bojun

The tour guide is bird expect with very good eye – sight. It’s very important that the guide could point out birds from far/ long distance. He’s very passionate about bird / animals.

The itinerary is good and well organized. However the elephant safari could be removed from the itinerary and more time should be spent in Yala National Park. It’s because there are lots of animals. Including elephant in Yala National Park.

Good local restaurants should be introduce to the tourists. So that we can take the very local food and culture.

Karen Lee and others with jith at Raja Bojun restaurent

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Recommending to anyone comity to Sri Lanka on a birding Trip he has great knowledge

7 Feb 2016

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I have enjoyed my birding in Sri Lanka. The accommodation on the first two nights was quite good and very convergent for the birding. The Second Hotel is Fantastic. No doubt expensive but worth the experience.

My guide Saman has done a great job, and I am very pleased and satisfied. He has done everything possible to find the birds and has succeed 99% of the tine. I would recommending to anyone comity to Sri Lanka on a birding Trip he has great knowledge, Many Thanks.

Ken.

This was our second visit to Sri Lanka

2 Feb 2016

Photos by Alan

This was our second visit to Sri Lanka and we specifically asked for Upali to be our driver/guide, as we knew from our previous visit that he is very knowledgeable, patient and understands our photography requirements perfectly.

The planning process went on in a smooth and flexible way where the schedule was adjusted to our specific needs and we preferences.

28 Jan 2016

My son and I participated in a 2 week long both birding and cultural excursion through Sri Lanka.

The planning process went on in a smooth and flexible way where the schedule was adjusted to our specific needs and we preferences.

As tour guide and chauffeur, UPALI did a magnificent gob ensuring that every detail was considered and taking care of – local guides were ready and at place when needed, and the hotels and restaurants for lunch were always first class situated in beautiful environments. Besides the perfect planning Upali showed up to be a very competent ornithologist able to identify find and distinguish between a lot of specific species. We were indeed very satisfied. 

Good Communication about the details of the tour, excellent service

Two from France

22 Jan 2016

Philippe with Nandana-Sri Lanka biding tour
Philippe with Nandana-Sri Lanka biding tour

 

Philippe Tour comment

Very competent and knowledgeable guide. Friendly and extremely helpful and good fun.

20 Jan 2016

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James and Brenda Woolfenden with Nandana-in Sri Lanka birding tour

Guide diver – Very competent and knowledgeable guide. Friendly and extremely helpful and good fun.

Accommodation – Overall accommodation clean and friendly staff. We particularly appreciated when accommodation room included a fridge, hot drink making facilities and a safe.

The standard of decoration, locks and fittings and quality and condition of showering arrangements varied significantly.

Itinerary - We set ourselves a busy itinerary with a rest period at the resort  at the end of tour. This proved to be a good arrangement. In future we might consider a mid-tour rest break as well as one at the end of a tour.

的拍鸟团是中国海外鸟类生态摄影协会组织的第九个团

20 Jan 2016

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从十天的行程中,我深感该公司的管理和精心安排,感谢你们对我们的热情接待,同时更感谢导游的敬业精神,让我们拍到了非常多的好鸟,感受到异国他乡的热情风貌,在以后的工作中,我更希望你们能在吃住上多做点工作,提高点伙食标准,让我们在拍到好鸟的同时,更生活的更好。

2016年6月9日至20日的拍鸟团是中国海外鸟类生态摄影协会组织的第九个团,全部团友来自浙江,大家对吃的要求比较高,我们通过和当地鸟导及时沟通,妥善解决了大家吃的好的问题。感谢Jith和Saman!

刘立峰 Jerry 深圳
2016年1月20日

 

During the ten days trip, I’m deeply touched by the company’s management and their thoughtful arrangement. Thank you for your warm reception. Meanwhile, we thank for our professional guides, who created excellent chance for us to shoot many wonderful birds and allowed us to enjoy the foreign experience. I hope you could focus and improve your food service in the future. It would be wonderful if we could eat well while taking photos of nice birds.

Good Communication about the details of the tour, excellent service

17 Jan 2016

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Foto Niels Henrik: Gruppen med guider - tidlig morgen parat til Sinharaja NP

Good Communication about the details of the tour, excellent service around including the hotels and on this tour (and as told from earlier) very good guiding. The chosen route is very good for a group like ours with many without experience about Sri Lanka and the birds. DOF travel will continue to use WWJ.

17 – 31.01 2016 

Soren Sorensen - DOF Tour 2016 with guide Tharanga (1)
Soren Sorensen - DOF Tour 2016 with guide Tharanga (1)

Fantastic two weeks in Sri Lanka

11 Jan 2016

 

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1-Bob Buckler tour 2016 with guide Thilina 

1-Bob Buckler tour 2016 with guide Thilina 

1-Bob Buckler tour 2016 with guide Thilina 

Thanks for a fantastic two weeks in Sri Lanka and for your help and hospitality!!

All of us are thoroughly satisfied with our tour.

7 Jan 2016

 

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Mei Ling and group from Malyasia 2016

A detailed trip report from the tour is here: http://www.srilankabirdingtripreports.com/Mei-Ling-Trip-Report

Dear Mr Jith,

I have been very busy since coming back from Sri Lanka so I didn't write earlier.

I would like to say that all of us are thoroughly satisfied with our tour.

Your guides Mr.Upali and Mr.Heti worked very passionately and very hard to ensure we saw as many birds as possible. Mr.Upali was also a very careful driver.