Tour reviews from 2018

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.

I have never had a guide so good

12 Jul 2018

Paul Pugh and Olga with Thilina
Paul Pugh and Olga, with Thilina

I will email my full appraisal with photographs upon my return to home. But I would like to say this. I have never had a guide so good. So friendly, so dedicated and so nice Thilina. He is an absolute credit to Walk With Jith. We will be walking again soon. Thank you so much Paul and Olga.

Paul Pugh

12 – 17 July 2018

Best birding I have ever done

11 Jul 2018

Birding with Walk With Jith has been the best birding I have ever done. My birding tour guide was Upali. He could not have been better. Not just on the birds, but the mammals, plants, trees, butterflies. Also the history of Sri Lanka. He found all 33 endemics which was great. I will not hesitate to come back. So a Big no. A very big thank you to Jith. Upali and all – all the best.

Paul

Paul W Cotterril

From 11th June to 20th June 2018

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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Unexpected. He could identify trees and flowers

25 Mar 2018

Paul Nex, Judith with Guide Athula
Paul Nex, Judith with Guide Athula

Mr. Senarath, our guide for the holiday was reassuringly there to meet us when we arrived. He looked after us the whole trip occasionally offering us extra possibilities such as a shop at a spice garden or a visit to the Museum in Galle.

We had expected our guide to be able to identify birds for us and tell us something about the history and culture of the island. What was unexpected, but very much appreciated, was that he could identify trees and flowers for us.

We really appreciated the combination of a cultural and birding tour. It was just what we wanted. Everywhere the accommodation and food was good, especially overlooking the beach at Mirissa. Two days at the coast was a great way to end the trip’

Unexpected. He could identify trees and flowers

25 Mar 2018

Paul Nex, Judith with Guide AthulaPaul Nex, Judith with Guide Athula

Mr. Senarath, our guide for the holiday was reassuringly there to meet us when we arrived. He looked after us the whole trip occasionally offering us extra possibilities such as a shop at a spice garden or a visit to the Museum in Galle.

We had expected our guide to be able to identify birds for us and tell us something about the history and culture of the island. What was unexpected, but very much appreciated, was that he could identify trees and flowers for us.

We really appreciated the combination of a cultural and birding tour. It was just what we wanted. Everywhere the accommodation and food was good, especially overlooking the beach at Mirissa. Two days at the coast was a great way to end the trip’

Professional and friendly service

9 Mar 2018

Hillary Hoe and Tey Boon SinHillary Hoe and Tey Boon Sin with Thilina

Thiely enjoyable as a photographic trip.

We were not after species count, so we took all the photo opportunities that were offered.

Our guide/driver was very knowledgeable and took the trouble to show us all as best as he could. The arrangement of our trip went without any hiccups.

We will recommend Walk With Jith and will come again in future.

So happy with everything.

4 Mar 2018

Gillian Hurgen and Martin Bowman with guide Upali
Gillian Hurgen and Martin Bowman with guide Upali

My guide tried his best to accommodate my wishes

1 Mar 2018

Claire Finka with guide
Claire Finka with guide Atula

I saw most of the birds on my wish list and my guide tried his best to accommodate my wishes during our time together.

 

3,000 photographs of over 200 bird and numerous mammals including leopards, elephants and blue whales

14 Feb 2018

We first became aware of Walk With Jith at 2017 Birdfair when we met Prasanjith Caldera in person. His knowledge of and passion for Sri Lankan wildlife was infectious. After contacting him by email and informing him we were interested in the Wildlife and Photography Tour we arrived in Sri Lanka on 14th February 2018. We were met by Jith himself and our dedicated tour guide Thilina Kayrunana (Tili) who was our companion for the next 14 days. Tili shared the same qualities as his boss and over the next 2 weeks we obtained 3,000 photographs of over 200 bird and numerous mammals including leopards, elephants and blue whales. Tili recognised every bird by call alone and his eyesight was astonishing. He catered for our every need so that our trip ran smoothly and was a great ambassador for both Walk With Jith Tours and Sri Lanka. Thanks to Jith and Tili for providing such an incredible adventure and we would recommend them to everyone unreservedly!

Steve and Teresa Atkinson

Impeccable logistics

14 Feb 2018

McAllister and group from UK
McAllister and Group from UK

The tour took in the very best wildlife sites of Sri Lanka and encountered many species of mammals, reptiles, butterfly and 225 species of birds. The hotels and travel arrangements were impeccable. The guide Hetti and the logistics team of Jaya and Harshaka were brilliant.

- Joan & John

Flexible, fun, caring, trustworthy, helpful, knowledgeable and impeccable logistics.

- Keith & Judith

We enjoyed the experience immensely and would never have undertaken such an adventure without the support and guidance of the tour team.

- Geoff & Marie

Love it all. Brilliant

- Linda & Carol

Used local knowledge to find rare and elusive species

9 Feb 2018

Willie Wilkinson, Keith Howells, James Wilkinson with Hetti
Willie Wilkinson, Keith Howells, James Wilkinson with Hetti

Our guide Hetti proved to be extremely knowledgeable about birds & wildlife in general. He went out of his way to ensure we got the best views of the many birds” and he used his local knowledge to find many rare and elusive species.

In addition, the hotels were comfortable with attentive staff and excellent food. Our van was most comfortable & roomy. The organisation of jeeps & tours round national parks ran really well.

Willie Wilkinson

Scotland, Peebles

9/2/18

 

 

 

Senerath enabled us to find & photograph over 200 birds, including all endemics

5 Feb 2018

Sandy and Gerry Studd with Senerath
Sandy and Gerry Studd with Senerath

Thank you for a well organized and very enjoyable 16 days in Sri Lanka. Wherever we went, the people were very hospitable, extremely friendly & helpful – hotel staff, locals, jeep drivers, shopkeepers etc – always smiling and genuinely pleased to see you, even welcoming you into their houses and gardens to enable you to see owls in their rafters or spurfowl in their gardens at odd hours of the day!

Guide: tons of experience and enthusiasm. Outstanding birding and cultural trip

1 Feb 2018

Shailesh Pinto
Shailesh Pinto

Thank you for organizing an outstanding birding and cultural trip to Sri Lanka. The trip exceeded all my expectations!

Upali our guide was fantastic. He is and excellent birder with tons of experience and enthusiasm. Thanks to his efforts I was able to see over 180 species and all endemics. I had given up hope of seeing the last one, the scaly thrush, in Sinharaja forest. But Upali remained optimistic throughout our stay there and made sure we had good looks of this challenging endemic.

I am really glad that a friend recommended Walk With Jith. All the arrangements, accommodations and timely correspondence were wonderful. The service and food everywhere we visited was superb. I would highly recommend your company to my friends and wish you continued success.

Warmest regards,

Shailesh Pinto

Feb 1 – 14, 2018

Igen har det vceret - Again, it has been successful

27 Jan 2018

DOF tour 2018
DOF Tour 2018

DOF Travel har aftluttet den første tur af to I januar 2018. Igen har det vceret med stor success of fuldtilfred shed i vores gruppe på 19 deltagere. Det er selvfelgelig vord at bemcerke, at vi mødte alle Sri Lankas 34 endemishe fuglearter of nosten alle under meget fine betingelser. Men det vigtisgte er, at arrangementet som helhed for løb scerdeles godt – med perfekt guiding af Supurna Hettiarachchi og veltilrettelagt af Walk With Jith. DOF vender meget gerne tilbage og har allerede planlagt de noste ture.

Google translation:

Jith’s planning and Dammika’s execution. Itinerary was fantastic, seamless arrangements.

26 Jan 2018

Harry and Melinda Cole with Dhammika
Harry and Melinda Cole with Dhammika

Thanks to Jith’s planning and Dammika’s execution we have fallen in love with Sri Lanka. The country has exceeded our expectations. The itinerary was fantastic with seamless arrangements.

We could not have wished for a more helpful, personable driver/ guide. Dammika ensured we made the most of things, including an unscheduled train ride and buying lemon puff biscuits! The focus was on birds but also included wildlife and flora. We also had an insight into Sri Lankan life, culture and food. Beds everywhere were comfortable, staff were always friendly and helpful.

Thilina - Totally committed to achieving our goal of 33 endemic species

25 Jan 2018

Robin and Glenda Bream
Robin and Glenda Bream

Walk With Jith was highly recommended to us by a friend who had a very successful birding tour with the company. Our specific request was a keek long tour of Sri Lankan endemic birds. This was agreed and arranged quickly and efficiently by email.

Our birding guide, Thilana Karunanayaka, was extremely knowledgeable, energetic and totally committed to achieving our goal of 33 endemic species in a single week. He was also a safe driver and a good companion.

All the logistical arrangements were well planned and accommodation changes between locations went very smoothly.

We would highly recommend Walk With Jith and Thilina Karunanayaka for a Sri Lankan birding holiday.

Robin and Glenda Bream

25th January 2018

Gave me trust and confidence

20 Jan 2018

C K Mok and Andrey Lai with CHAN
C K Mok and Andrey Lai with CHAN

It is now common to make a deal in the internet.

Just like what I was doing with the “Walk With Jith” which gave me trust and confidence the company would provide the excellent service as what it has said in the email by answering my enquiry with in a day. I must say that Jith have done a good job to keep patience in answering what I have asked even the even the itinerary have changed for several times.

Jith for an outstanding holiday programme - good fun, highly knowledgeable Koushala

15 Jan 2018

Many thanks to our excellent, good fun, highly knowledgeable guide Koushala and his nice, smiling driver Indunil, for a superb 3 weeks in Sri Lanka. We have had a wonderful experience: amazing bird watching, fascinating cultural visits, breathtaking scenery, tasty food and many” warm encounters with Sri Lankan people across the country. The mix and variety of days has been enchanting, but also exhausting. The early mornings birding have always been exciting and fun. We were fortunate to have leopard sightings and encounters with other mammals & reptiles. The beautiful and varied Sri Lankan flora takes your breath away. No visit to this country would be complete without seeing & understanding its cultural heritage. Last but not least… we loved good Sri Lankan food and were perfectly encouraged & advised by our guide, who is well educated, able to speak English brilliantly and a wonderful ambassador for his country.

Pre-tour planning and communication with Jith was excellent!

14 Jan 2018

John Rayner, Ding Smith, Niel Marshal with Thilina
John Rayner, Ding Smith, Niel Marshal with Thilina

The pre tour planning and communication with Jith was excellent and we particularly like the speed of his responses to our questions.

One of our party suffered flight delays causing the lost of the first day of his holiday. Jith kindly met the late arrival and arranged extra transport at no extra cost. 
The guide for our 10 day tour was Thilina. We found him informed, extremely enthusiastic and his birding skills were exceptional. We saw all the endemic birds and many more besides as well as leopard and a memorably close encounter with an elephant.
We give “ Walk With Jith” our highest recommendation.

John Ramner (Toured with, Ding Smith ad Neil Marshall)

​UK, Manchester

14 Jan 2018

Saw 234 species including all endemics & lots of other wildlife

9 Jan 2018

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We’ve had a wonderful holiday. We asked for a combination of birding and wildlife with some historical and cultural sites. We are very pleased with it all.