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Wildlife trip reports of tours in Sri Lanka operated by Walk With Jith

Ian Hillery's Trip Report - Day 1

Tour Strat: 
2009 Mar 27
Tour End: 
2009 Apr 3

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This report consists of 9 parts: Introduction | Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | 

Author/s of the report: 
Ian Hillary

Ian Hillery's Trip Report

Tour Strat: 
2009 Mar 26
Tour End: 
2009 Apr 2

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Ian Hillary with Prasanjith Caldera

This tour contains Ian Hillery from UK did a 7 day tour with us in March 2009. He visited 3 main birding sites in Sri Lanka; 1. Sinharaja Rain Forest, 2.Nuwara-eliya highlands and 3.Kithulgala.

www.walkwithjith.com is the website of Jith, who I used as the guide and organiser of the trip. Partly because I was on my own, but mainly due to the country being difficult to negotiate, and the speciality birds even more taxing to track down without local knowledge, I broke with a birding long habit and enlisted help with my trip. My friends and I had come across Jith at the Rutland Water Bird Fair in 2006, and they had subsequently used him the January following. It is difficult to imagine that he has only been organising tours as a business since 2005, even more so when you observe his excellent local knowledge and identification skills.

One of the beauties of Jith's trips is that he will tailor them to your own needs, with a more than reasonable cost. This includes itinerary, driver, accommodation (half board), and entrance fees. He will even alter the itinerary as the trip is under way to react to local and/or bird conditions...

This tour report is taken from www.birdseen.co.uk >>

Author/s of the report: 
Ian Hillary

Barrie and Shirley Bird's Short Video Trip Report

Tour Strat: 
2009 Jan 2
Tour End: 
2009 Feb 19

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group-photo-from-barrie-and-shirley-bird-tour

Barrie and Shirley Bird with Peter and Jackie Bourne from Kent, UK met Prasanjith Caldera at the British Bird Watching Fair in 2007. Subsecuently they did a wild life and culture tour in Sri Lanka in February 2009. The tour included whale watching in Mirissa. During the 3 hour boat ride, they spotted about 08 Sperm Whales.

Author/s of the report: 
Shirley Bird
Barrie Bird

Dave Nelson & Bob Crawford's Short Video Trip Report

Tour Strat: 
2009 Feb 19
Tour End: 
2009 Mar 6

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David Nelson and Bob Crawford

Prasanjith Caldera of Walk With Jith first met David Nelson and his friend Bob Crawford from Middlesbrough, UK at the British Bird Watching Fair in 2007. Subsecuently they went on a bird watching tour in Sri Lanka in February 2009. In this very successful two weeks bird watching tour they spotted more that 230 birds including Serendib Scops Owl in Sinharaja rain forest. In Yala national park they were lucky to spot two big Leopards at very close range.

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Author/s of the report: 
Dave Nelson
Bob Crawford

Julie and Terry Doman's Short Video Trip Report

Tour Strat: 
2009 Jan 27
Tour End: 
2009 Jan 27

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Video Duration: 4 mins 54 sec.

Julie and Terry Doman with their friends Ian and Lynn Cowgill, Melanie and Roy Rovill from Bath, UK. met Prasanjith for the first time at the British Bird Watching Fair in 2007.

Afterwards they did a bird watching tour in January 2009 lead by Walk With Jith. In the tour they visited the Kandy Botanical Gardens in Sri Lanka. In this video at that place, Mr. Palipana an expert at the garden does an excellent commentary on trees, orchids, etc.

Kandy Botanical Garden is also called as Peradeniya Botanical Garden or Royal Botanical Garden.

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Author/s of the report: 
Julie Doman
Terry Doman

Jane Dixon and Dudley Adam's Trip Report

Tour Strat: 
2011 May 2
Tour End: 
2011 May 9

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Jane, Nandana and Adam
Jane Dixon and Dudley Adam toured with Walk With Jith in May 2011.

This is a photo tour report with a comment on the tour.

We spent 1 week in southern Sri Lanka at Yala NP and Sinharaja Forest Reserve in May 2011. Our guide, Nandana, was wonderful - he explained the culture of Sri Lanka and was well versed in the wildlife and natural history of Sri Lanka. We spent 3 full days in Yala undertaking full days safari drives from 6.30am to 6pm in the evening. The birds, mammals, reptiles and butterflies were numerous. We saw some amazing ...

Author/s of the report: 
Jane Dixon
Dudley Adam

Colin Schaverien's Trip Report

Tour Strat: 
2011 Mar 26
Tour End: 
2011 Apr 6

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Prasanjith n Colin Schaverien in front of Sigiriya

A great vacation thanks to Jith’s organisational skills. Before the beginning of the trip, having read the “Rough Guide to Sri Lanka” I was concerned about mosquito-borne diseases, the chaotic driving and possible stomach trouble from bacteria in water and food. None of these was an issue at all. There were very few mosquitoes; Mr Silva drove calmly and safely and the speeds anyway are low, and we were given plentiful bottled water to drink/brush our teeth with, so no stomach upsets either. In general, the more rural/isolated the lodge or accommodation is, the better the food. High point was at Mr Martin’s. In retrospect, it was also good not to have stayed in busy Colombo...

Author/s of the report: 
Colin Schaverien

Ann and Roland Glifford's Trip Report

Tour Strat: 
2010 Dec 14
Tour End: 
2011 Nov 30

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Ann and Roland Glifford

We travelled down to London on the train. Quite an entertaining journey thanks to the lady (?) who objected to being asked to turn off her mobile phone as she was in the Quiet Zone. Much muttering, glaring, reports to the train manager ….. We then caught the tube to Heathrow and can recommend the little shop just past the platform for snacks etc. Much cheaper than at the terminal! Check-in etc went smoothly so off we went to explore the shops......

Author/s of the report: 
Ann Gilford
Roland Glifford

Ella Maria and Leif Bisschop-Larsen's Trip Report

Tour Strat: 
2013 Jan 29
Tour End: 
2013 Feb 12

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Leif, Ella Maria and Senerath

This report summarize our 15 days trip to Sri Lanka with notes on sites visited and a list of the species of birds and mammals seen.

As our first visit to South East Asia we chose Sri Lanka because of the country’s rich nature with a great biodiversity within a rather small geographic area.

The tour was planned after contact to some of Sri Lanka’s tour operators specializing in birding and wildlife tours. We chose WalkWithJith and agreed on a program staying only in 4 different lodges/hotels in order to make the tour easy without too much driving. The driver Senarath Bulathsinhala not only took us safely from place to place (from day 5), but he was also a very knowledgeable and helpful birding and wildlife guide. In some of the national parks local guides accompanied us, and they were helpful too. During the first days in Sinharaja Forest Reserve Sandun was our guide and he introduced us to many new species as well as cultural matters.

The tour introduced us to some of the main habitats of Sri Lanka: The rain forest in the south-west lowland wet zone (Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Hiyare Forest), the central highlands with montane grassland and cloud forest (Horton Plains National Park), highland tea country (e.g. Ella), freshwater wetlands (Tissamaharama tanks and paddy-fields, Yala National Park), coastal lagoons/saltpans (Bundala National Park, Yala National Park) and finally the ocean to the south with marine mammals.

Author/s of the report: 
Ella Maria
Leif Bisschop-Larsen

John Kirby's Trip Report

Tour Strat: 
2011 Oct 31
Tour End: 
2015 Nov 14

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Pat & Garry and Monica and John Kirby in Bundala Wetland (Beach)

This is a brief report of a trip to Sri Lanka arranged with Prasanjith Caldera (Jith) of Walk With Jith.

We met Jith at the Bird Fair and were impressed with his set up and arranged a trip. This was based on one of Jiths standard itineraries with some adjustments by us. It included birding and cultural sites.

We arranged our own flights with Etihad Airways....

Author/s of the report: 
John Kirby

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