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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.

 

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

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

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!

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

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.

Wise advice. Sharing, flexible and patient guide

13 Dec 2017

Belinda with her father and Hetti
Belinda with her father and Hetti

The flexibility and wise advice you offered at the planning stages were much appreciated as was your clear communication. I knew we were in safe hands from the start.

Our guide, Hetti, was fantastic at sharing his detailed knowledge of Sri Lanka, especially its wildlife. He was always flexible and patient; he often made helpful suggestions about how we could alter our programme, good places to eat and where to see wildlife, especially birds. It was a real privilege to spend two weeks with such and expert.

Belinda Wallace

UK, Bristol

13/12/17

Belinda with her father and Hetti
Belinda with her father and Hetti

Brilliant from start to finish

25 Nov 2017

Nadia and Adam Archer
Nadia and Adam Archer

Our tour in November 2017 was brilliant from start to finish. It passed our expectations by a mile. From the initial booking and enquiring process; which was smooth and easy, Jith was in regular communication and changed the itinerary to fit our needs.

Our guide, Upali, was the star of the show, a brilliant birdwatcher and naturalist, he made every effort to locate the endemic birds of Sri Lanka, and pointed out other interesting plants and creatures along the way. His local knowledge was invaluable, and impressive. We managed to see nearly 200 bird species; we had great views of all but one endemic – we gave up – not Upali. We also saw many monkey species, giant squirrels, lizards, butterflies, etc. And thanks to Upali’s spotting skills - WE SAW A LEOPARD!!

Their knowledge is supreme, very very kind

21 Nov 2017
Francesca Terenzi and Terence Baker
Francesca Terenzi and Terence Baker

What a wonderful three days. Tili and Tila are superb people and birders, and nothing is too much for them. The obviously have seen many birds in Sri Lanka, yet they seemed as excited, if not more, than as vising birders. And their knowledge is supreme. I highly recommend them not just for their guiding but for the pleasure of their company. -- Terence

Can't have  enough good words about both Tili & Tila. Very knowledgeable and very very kind. Tila has taken extreme good care of me while birding, giving my <text not clear> ...

And took very good care when I felt sick. Wonderful experience

Jith’s tour delivered all of these wonderfully

18 Nov 2017

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Could not have had a better introduction to Sri Lanka! We are not expert nature walkers and instead wanted an itinerary that mixed nature with culture, scenery and a little sea-side down time…

… and Jith’s tour delivered all of these wonderfully!

Special mention must go to out driver guide, Saman, who could not have been more helpful. Was always ready with nature tips & cultural information, not to mention explanations of Sri Lankan food. The other guides roped in along the way were also great too!

We are now going back to England full of praise for Sri Lanka… and will be recommending Walk With Jith to al our friends.

Bill & Elaine

PS Forgot to mention the accommodation: all were excellent and great value for money.

Bill Worswick And Elaine Caicedo

18|11|17

England Leicester

Superb day in Sinharaja

19 Aug 2017

David Garnett with Thilina
David Garnett with Thilina

Had a superb day in Sinharaja. Thilina was an excellent and very knowledgeable guide. During the course of a hectic day we saw 66 species and virtually all of the target species. Unfortunately my visit to Sinharaja was too short but I would recommend Walk With Jith who were professional and helpful throughout.

David Garnet, UK

19/8/17

I had an excellent guide, Thilina

17 Jul 2017

Adrian and Thilina at Sinharaja
Adrian and Thilina at Sinhraja

The tour organized by Jith was fantastic. I had an excellent guide, Thilina. He was very knowledgeable about wildlife, especially birds as well as Sri Lanka more generally. He worked exceptionally hard to ensure we saw as many species as possible. This included a large number of endemic species. Thilina was extremely friendly and ensured the trip ran smoothly. He listened to all questions and tailored the experience when requested. The accommodation was also very good and “did the job”. Thilina was helped by excellent local drivers and guides especially in Sinharaja where “Walk With Jith” uses outstanding local parties. Overall a fantastic experience.

Adrian McDermott

23/7/17

Tailor-made just for our honeymoon!

9 Jun 2017

Andrew & Adria
Andrew & Adria

Andrew & Adria Punnett (Lewis)
UK
9 – 23rd June 2017
Thank-you for a fantastic trip. Tailor-made just for our honeymoon. Our guide Chamil was great and made the whole trip go smoothly. Nothing was too much trouble and any requests were always met with a smile.
We got to experience a wide range of sights and activities, and although we did so much, we had enough ‘down time’ to relax and enjoy our holiday. A great time was had, thank-you!

Andrew and Adria in Dambulla
Andrew & Adria in Dambulla

Horton Plains - lovely walk, beautiful surroundings.

2 Jun 2017
Clare Askham and Marie Benson with Upali
Clare Askham and Marie Benson with Upali

Askham / Benson Trip

2 June – 16 June 2017

Met at airport by Upali taken to Goldi Sands Hotel

 

Goldi Sands Hotel

Nice room

Good Pool

Food was mediocre

Internet, a little patchy

 

Trip to market very enjoyable

 

Riverside Villas, Kandy

2 star at best

Room, large but had lots of mosquito guests!

Food, very basic. Internet, very good.

Staff, charming.

Wouldn’t want to stay there again.

 

Spice gardens v.good

Botanical gardens good

[Cultural] show interesting.

Tooth Palace interesting.

 

All endemics seen well by group!

15 Apr 2017

Mandy West (Walking With Wildlife) and Group
Mandy West (Walking With Wildlife) and Group

All endemics seen well by group!
Guests Happy!

15 – 4 – 17
Mandy West (Walking With Wildlife)
UK

Always use “Walk With Jith” for my tours!
We make a great team.

Organization / Communication excellent as always.
‘Thilly’ was the best guide we could have wished for. - All the group were happy!

Mandy West (Walking With Wildlife) and Group
Mandy West (Walking With Wildlife) and Group

Birding guide knowledgeable over a wide range of subjects

25 Mar 2017

Tim Grove and Kaye
Tim Grove and Kaye

Hi Jith,

As promised, here is some feedback from our recent tour.

We found the itinerary and pace of the tour to be just right for our needs with everything running smoothly and  to plan.

 The accommodation, on the whole, was excellent with several of the hotels having great views and a good variety of birdlife in and around the grounds to ensure that I never relaxed completely! The staff at all the hotels were very friendly and attentive, and the food was good, (neither of us had any tummy problems). The weakest was perhaps the Leisure Village Hotel at Nuwara Eliya due to its restricted menu. Our room at the Rock View Motel also suffered from a smelly shower drain, but this was soon solved by opening the patio doors and taking in the view of the mountains.

Enjoyed & very impressed! Will recommend to friends

19 Mar 2017

Jacky and Martin Bottrill with guide Saman
Jacky and Martin Bottrill with guide Saman

Hi

Just to say thank you for organising our tour in Sri Lanka. We really enjoyed our trip and were very impressed with the organisation. Samam, our driver, was very knowledgable about everything and even changed the itinerary to fit in with our individual needs. Dumb was also good for the trip to the beach.

Just a few comments about the hotels:-

Tamarind Tree - Room and food good.

Kitulgala Rest House - Rooms definitely needs updating and the food was quite poor as very little choice especially in the evening.

Sorowwa Resort - Lovely room and food

River Side Villas - Rooms OK, food reasonable good but position rather out of the way so never saw Kandy

Grand - Our room was OK but at the back of the hotel, food was good.

Enjoyed & very impressed! Will recommend to friends

19 Mar 2017

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Just to say thank you for organising our tour in Sri Lanka. We really enjoyed our trip and were very impressed with the organisation. Samam, our driver, was very knowledgable about everything and even changed the itinerary to fit in with our individual needs. Dumb was also good for the trip to the beach.

Just a few comments about the hotels:-

Tamarind Tree - Room and food good.

Kitulgala Rest House - Rooms definitely needs updating and the food was quite poor as very little choice especially in the evening.

Sorowwa Resort - Lovely room and food

River Side Villas - Rooms OK, food reasonable good but position rather out of the way so never saw Kandy

Grand - Our room was OK but at the back of the hotel, food was good.

Rock View Motel - Rooms and food OK.

Paradise Beach - Room good  - lovely view but rather noisy with the sea rolling in, food disappointing

Eenjoyed our trip and were very impressed with the organisation

19 Mar 2017

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Hi

Just to say thank you for organising our tour in Sri Lanka. We really enjoyed our trip and were very impressed with the organisation. Saman, our driver, was very knowledgeable about everything and even changed the itinerary to fit in with our individual needs. Dumb was also good for the trip to the beach.

Just a few comments about the hotels:-

Very pleased with our experienced guide and his tenacity to find us the specialties.

17 Mar 2017

Mark Alliban and Leila with Senarath-Walk With Jith 2017
Mark Alliban and Leila with Senarath-Walk With Jith 2017

Very pleased with our experienced guide and his tenacity to find us the specialties. Very welcoming people.

9/3/17

Mark Alliban

UK, Peterborough

You understood our requirements and made helpful suggestion to our proposed itinerary

15 Mar 2017

Val and Mike-Walk With Jith tour 2017
Val and Mike-Walk With Jith tour 2017

You understood our requirements and made helpful suggestion to our proposed itinerary. All our queries were answered promptly and efficiently

If you receive enquiries about photo tours, advise them that the forest areas are only good for watching. For good photos there needs to be open views and more light, so Bundala, Yala & Udawlawa are better. More reports/ photos from clients to show what can be taken.

15/3/2017

Val & Mike Walker

UK

Val and Mike-Walk With Jith tour 2017
Val and Mike-Walk With Jith tour 2017

Best of 20 tours in my life. 253 birds totaled. Outstanding guide.

7 Mar 2017

Doughlas and Brian at Walk With Jith tour 2017
Doughlas and Brian at Walk With Jith tour 2017

This tour was one of the best tours I’ve been fortunate enough to go on. I’ve been on over twenty, so I do have some experience. We came to get the birds and we got all 34 endemics and I personally got a total of 243 and my UK friend got a total of 253!

The tour manger (owner Jith) picked us at the airport and took us to the hotel. In the morning Thilina (Thilley) Kaurnanayaka was our guide and we were so happy to have him as our guide. He is an outstanding guide and a wonderful person (pleasant, timely, great ears and eyes) can’t say enough!

The accommodations were good as well as the food. The birds? You’ve got to go the SRI LANKA to get their special endemics (34 species).

Dong Nail

March 7, 2017

A very good birder and a careful driver!

3 Mar 2017

Don and Chris Gunn with Hetti
Don and Chris Gunn with Hetti

Hetti is an asset to the company. A very good birder and a careful driver! He is also friendly with a ready smile and speaks good English.

Don & Chris Gunn

UK

Ranskill, Notts

Bird watching; best driver-guide we have ever had

22 Feb 2017

Tim and Susie Kemp  - Walk With Jith tour
Tim and Susie Kemp - Walk With Jith tour

We have just spent three extraordinary weeks in Sri Lanka on a predominantly birdwatching holiday with some culture.

The arrangements have been perfect and the trip has run like clockwork. Jith even visited us halfway through to make sure we were happy.

It has been the most wonderful experience, entirely due to Athula, our guide, who was totally committed to our wellbeing and satisfaction. He has a great sense of humour, a ready smile and a zest for life & birds which is infections. His friendly demeanor meant that everywhere we went, we met lovely smile, friendly people & felt very at home. He was mine of information about his country & we learnt an amazing amount from him.

Tailor-made tour around 3 sites – Kitulgala, Nuwara Eliya & Sinharaja

14 Feb 2017

Gary and Jane James
Gary and Jane James

Thank you for a very enjoyable week birding in Sri Lanka. We were pleased to be able to have a focused & tailor-made tour around 3 sites – Kitulgala, Nuwara Eliya & Sinharaja. Our guide, Thilina, was superb. He was very knowledgeable about the location of target birds, very quick to spot them and very good at call identification. He ws also patient, Flexible and always in a good mood, additionally he drove well & safely. As well as birds he told us about local culture, politics, flora and fauna. We had too many highlights at each of the 3 main sites to pick anywhere out ass more special than the other places – including important stops and detours. We enjoyed it all & would highly recommend using this company.

Thank you so much Thili!

Gary and Jane James

14 – 20 | Feb 2017

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