Trip Reports

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 We have a selection of trip reports on Sri Lanka and India in this section.
Trip reports on Sri Lanka include ones from well known personalities such as Tim and Carol Inskipp, two of the authors of the standard setting Birds of the Indian Sub-continent, published in the Helm series.
Most of the trip reports are by 'foreign travelers'. We also have a few trip reports by people based locally, for example the trip reports to Mannar by our Director.
Some of these reports are also featured on popular trip report sites such as Surfbirds and Bird Tours UK.

If you would like a copy of your trip report posted here, feel free to contact us.

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Sri Lanka Trip Reports

Naufer is a reliable and knowledgable guide.

By Troy Shortell


Naufer is a reliable and knowledgable guide. He went the extra mile to ensure my family and i had a dream vaction these past two weeks. He always showed concern for my three daughters happiness and safety, especially when we were camping in Udawalawe. I very much apprecciated his strong relationships with local fo ....  Read More »

 

Thanks. everything was perfect. It was a wonderful holiday for us.

By Armin & Karin


Hi Andrew, thanks. everything was perfect. It was a wonderful holiday for us. Thank you and also Henry for everything.
 

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He showed great experience in treating tourists in a very friendly, respectful way, much patient and good humour.

By Gots Eichhorn


Tour: Wildlife with emphasis on birds
4th – 9th March 2014
Hotels
Accommodation, food, friendliness good in all 3 hotels i used. Rooms in Kirinda Beach Resort and also Turtle Eco Beach Resort nice for standard vacation. But for naturalist/ birders not much to see in Turtle eco b ....  Read More »

 

We love Sri Lanka and sincerely hope to return.

By Alan & Sanguansri Wood


We have now settled back in Ireland after our trip to England, Sri Lanka and Thailand,and I thought you would appreciate some feedback on what, overall, was an excellent trip, well organised and well conducted.
1. Guide and driver
Hetti was a great companion to have on our trip, as he was ten years ago ....  Read More »

 

Thank you again for arranging everything - it was all very efficient (in contrast to many of our other experiences in Sri Lanka)

By Sue Marshall


Thank you for arranging the recent trips so well for ourselves and for my sister.  We had a great time.  
The Blue Magpie Lodge was very clean and well run, with very tast Sri Lankan food - and the guys had a great sense of humour.  We really loved Grand Ude Walawe and the safari and would highly recomme ....  Read More »

 

The whole experience was unforgettable! Thank you very much for helping us with everything.

By JARINDE DE KLERK


The whole experience was unforgettable! Thank you very much for helping us with everything. The experience was of a kind. Unforgettable!!
Have a very nice Christmas and wish you all the best for 2014!
Maybe see you again someday

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Thank you very much 29th Nov - 2nd Dec

By Yasmine & Frank


Thank you very much for your email and thank you for organizing the wonderful tour of Sri Lanka for us.
Both me and my partner enjoyed the tour very much. Special thanks to our driver Priyantha who did a great job driving us around and getting us the best service everywhere! He is such a kind and knowledgeab ....  Read More »

 

14th April - Neil and Alexandra Harris

By Neil and Alexandra Harris


We are writing to thank you and your team so very much for organising what has become our best holiday ever!  We spent the last two weeks of March touring Sri Lanka with our wonderful guide Hetti and have seen more birds and animals than we could have ever hoped for, including some very rare sightings which we ....  Read More »

 

10th July - 22nd July 2011- Andrew and Sheila Simpson on a wildlife tour to Sri Lanka

By Andrew Simpson


Thank you for arranging such a memorable tour for us. All of the arrangements worked perfectly from the moment we were met by Lasantha to the time we were dropped off at the airport to come home. We enjoyed all of the hotels, the food was mouth watering and a real experience for us to sample the local dish ....  Read More »

 

11th April - 24th April 2011 - Terry and Sarah Girling and their son Tim go on a family holiday to watch a wildlife in Sri Lanka

By Terry and Sarah Girling


Personal Highlights
 
Tim (aged 10)

  • Going on safari in Yala and being given a real Sri Lank ....  Read More »
 

20th March - 2nd April 2011 - Peter Smith reports on a successful 'Big Five' tour to Sri Lanka

By Peter Smith


My name is Peter Smith and I live with my family live near Leicester in the UK. For some time my wife, Cheryl, and I had wanted to visit Sri Lanka. The big question was how to go about such a trip. I am a birder and have a love of all wildlife. Whilst Cheryl also likes wildlife, she is definitely not a bir ....  Read More »

 

10th March - 12th March 2011 - John Fordham experience of a birding safari in Sri Lanka

By John Fordham


"We had two trips organized by Jetwings with birdwatching as the primary motivation. For both trips we had Mandana as a guide. The first trip was a one day excursion to Kithulgala where we saw many endemic species, had a fantastic lunch and experienced jungle walking (leeches and all) off the tourist trail ....  Read More »

 

31st Jan - 14th Feb 2011 - Colin and Rosemary Cheshire's experience of a birding and big game safari in Sri Lanka

By Colin and Rosemary Cheshire


The success of any specialist wild life holiday depends hugely on the expertise of the guide. We were therefore extremely fortunate to spend two weeks in the company of Upali Nissanka who has both long experience and detailed knowledge of not only the birds and their habitats and calls, but also the plants ....  Read More »

 

23rd Jan - 5th February 2011 - Danish birder Earling Krabbe recalls his experience of birding in Sri Lanka with Jetwing Eco Holidays

By Earling Krabbe


INTRODUCTION

Sri Lanka seems to have regained peace and stability after decades ravaged by civil war and the devastating tsunami in 2004. Still much has to be reconciled between the ethnic groups and to be reconstructed, but today Sri Lanka is a safe destination and a country at full p ....  Read More »

 

14th Jan - 19th Jan 2011 - Bjoern D. Huseby had a Big Game Safari at Yala National Park/ Bundala National Park

By Bjoern D. Huseby


My trip to Yala and Bundala was basically meant for the photography of Sri Lanka birds, but after a short time  you are bound to get photographs of many special animals as well.

I had read about Jetwing Eco Holidays in a wildlife ....  Read More »

 

5th January - 26th January 2011 - Ray and Shelia Murray on their birding experience in Sri Lanka

By Ray Murray


We went for three weeks in January 2011. The first week unfortunately coincided with a bout of La Nina weather that had been afflicting much of the western Pacific with heavy rains and floods, especially in Queensland, the Philippines and parts of southern China. The persistent ....  Read More »

 

14th - 17th November 2010 - David Norman's experience of a birding and big game safari in Sri Lanka

By David and Karen Norman


We had decided at short notice to celebrate my retirement by taking a fortnight break in Sri Lanka. We received a recommendation from a friend to use Jetwing to arrange some birding and animal viewing for part of the visit. Wicky was particularly recommended as a bird guide and driver, and we were fortunat ....  Read More »

 

Tuesday 19th October 2010 - Karen Conniff sights a mother leopard with three tiny cubs at Yala National Park

By Karen Conniff


Yala National Park in Sri Lanka was trying to keep quiet about a mother leopard and her three cubs, but word had leaked from one jeep driver to another, one naturalist guide to another and from one photographer to another.  By the beginning of October many knew where the mother’s d ....  Read More »

 

Sunday 19th September 2010 - A day outing to cherish at Wilpattu National Park

By Riaz Cader


I had attended a wildlife lecture a week back where I met Spencer Maneuelpillai,  who showed some photographs of leopards he had taken the week before at Wilpattu on a day outing. I had been to Wilpattu three times before (had done four game drives), twice this year and was yet ....  Read More »

 

4th September - 5th September 2010 - Julia Porter visits Uda Walawe and Yala on her last weekend in Sri Lanka

By Julia Porter


Saturday, 4th September 2010
Today marked the start of probably my best weekend in Sri Lanka yet.  Despite the 2am start, this weekend couldn’t have been better to round up my time in Sri Lanka.  At 3am, Riaz and Mudara (who I’d visited Wilp ....  Read More »

 

23rd July - 28th July 2010 - Bill Oddie, the UK’s most famous birder, along with Liam Creedon, carry out a tour of Sri Lanka

By Riaz Cader


"The first thing I can say about Sri Lanka is that it's perfectly obvious we're not going to be here long enough!  I would have guessed that about sort of two or three weeks at least you need to see Sri Lanka's wildlife.  To see Sri Lanka completely you'd need two or three ye ....  Read More »

 

27th July 2010 - Julia Porter spends her first day in Sri Lanka in Sinharaja Rainforest...with Bill Oddie!

By Julia Porter


Tuesday, 27th July 2010
As I stepped off the plane in Sri Lanka, I received two messages instantly as I turned on my phone.  The first, from Gehan, asked me to ‘get in touch with Riaz urgently.’  I worriedly read the next text which was from ....  Read More »

 

26th February - 09th March 2010 - Wildlife sightings of Mike Williams on a twelve day Butterfly watching tour to Sri Lanka

By Mike Williams


Mike along with eight other Butterfly enthusiasts from the UK, visited Sri Lanka in late February 2010 for a twevle day quest in search of Sri Lanka's Butterflies. The group were led by Wicky, one of Jetwing Eco Holiday's most experienced naturalist guides and managed to ....  Read More »

 

26th February - 09th March 2010 - Butterfly species list on a twelve day Butterfly watching tour to Sri Lanka with Mike Williams

By Wicky Wickramasekhara


[ A Birding and Wildlife Trip Report: Sri Lanka]

The list below assigns a unique number to each on the very first occasion a species of butterfly was encountered on this deducated butterfly watching tour with client Mike Williams.

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15th January - 01st February 2010 - Wildlife sightings of Mrs. Lesley Thomas and Mrs Gillian Taylor on a two week eco-tour to Sri Lanka

By Lesley Thomas


Lesley and Gill’s Sri Lankan wildlife adventure began with a 3 day Whale watching tour from the 17-20 January off the coast of Mirissa in the South of Sri Lanka. On the first day, there were sightings of 6 Blue Whales and 15 Bottle-nosed Dolphins. ....  Read More »

 

14th January 2010 The un-fazed leopard and the two-legged rude species

By Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne


de Silva Wijeyeratne, G. (2010). The un-fazed leopard and the two-legged rude species. The Sunday Times Plus. Sunday 14 February 2010. Features. Page 4.
http://www.sundaytimes.lk/100214/Plus/plus_16.html
Watching leopards in Yala ....  Read More »

 

Wednesday 30 December 2009 - Friday 09 January 2010 - Explore Sri Lanka:Touring with James,Allison and Jimmy

By Nishantha Ganeshapriya


The first wildlife tour of Jetwing Eco Holidays came to me as a result of meeting Mr.Gehan De Silva Wijeratne at Sinharaja in last December. Mr. James Naylor a British who works in Singapore at the moment with his wife Alison a biology teacher and his twelve years old son Jimmy ....  Read More »

 

9th December - 20th December 2009- Birding and Wild Life

By Dr Tanit and Mrs Melanie Habananda


Nights 8th – 9th  December. Villa Talangama

We were met promptly by our guide Supurna Hettiarachchi (Hetti)  and taken to Villa Talangama where we were to spend our first two nights.

The Villa was beautiful and very comfortable, the food was delicious and the staff were delightful. They wer ....  Read More »

 

Sunday 08 November- Saturday 14 November 2009 - Nature & Wildlife

By Mike and Rachel Waldock


After sorting out our daughters wedding arrangements in Colombo, my wife and I spend a few days relaxing in the Sinharaja rainforest and Yala.  The rainforest is a must for bird fanatics; in a short stroll we saw 11 of the 30’odd endemic species, and a var ....  Read More »

 

Monday 26 October 2009 - Minneriya: After the Gathering

By Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne


de Silva Wijeyeratne, G. (2009). Minneriya: After the Gathering. The Sunday Times Plus. Sunday December 06, 2009. Features. Page 4.
http://www.sundaytimes.lk/091206/Plus/plus_11.html
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Monday 26 October - Wednesday 28 October - Elephants, Primates and Cultural Sites Any Excuse Would Do To… Bliss out at Vil Uyana

By Shyamalee Tudawe


Vil Uyana, or rather the Jetwing Vil Uyana is one of my favourite places in the world. Note I don't say 'hotel'! That is because Vil Uyana located in Sigiriya, though built as a 5 star luxury hotel, is designed so that it feels as if one is in the middl ....  Read More »

 

Dragonflies, Butterflies, Birds and Wildlife Tour of Sri Lanka (Quest for Nature Trip, 3rd October to 14th October 2009)

By Karen Conniff


Quest for Nature Trip, 3rd October to 14th October 2009

Sri Lanka Tour leader ‘Wicky’ Wickramasekera (Jetwing Eco Holidays), Guest dragonfly expert Karen Conniff and Quest for Nature Guide Dan Powell

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Yala Saturday 25 to Sunday 27 September 2009 with Tom Owen-Edmunds and Libby Southwell

By Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne


Sunday 27 September 2009

Another incredible day in the park ....  Read More »

 

Friday 25 July 2009- Sunday 09 August 2009 - Ancient Cities Highland and Safaris

By Steve Garvie and family


Apologies in advance for the length of this first section but hopefully the information contained will be of some use.


PART 1: Organizing the itinerary, how many endemics and what’s the point of Martin’s place?

Over the last few years I’ve tried to organise summer holidays w ....  Read More »

 

Monday 20 July 2009 - Friday 24 July 2009 - Leopard Safari in Yala

By Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne


On leopard Safari in Yala with the family of Dr Peter Hayes, the British High Commissioner, three weeks after the FCO relaxed the travel advisory on Yala.

http://www.thesundayleader.lk/20090802/onthespot.HTM ....  Read More »

 

Saturday 18 July 2009 - Meethrigala Rainforest

By Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne


Meethrigala with the Sri Lanka Natural History Society

This was my first visit to the Meethrigala Forest Reserve which I had heard so much about. It’s a beautiful site. The reserve comprises of 370 acres of forest under the jurisdiction of the Forest Depa ....  Read More »

 

Monday 17th and Tuesday 18 June 2009 - Exploring the Cloud Forests of Horton Plains

By Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne


This is a report from a press trip run by Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne, Wicky Wickremsekera, Jetwing St Andrews Naturalist Nadeera Weerasinghe with Ifham Nizam (Island) and Faye Ruck-Nightingale (writer and photographer).

Tuesday ....  Read More »

 

28 April 2009, 6 May 2009-Dragonflies, butterflies and patience-Talangma Wetland (April 2009) and Bodhinagala (May 2009)

By Faye Ruck-Nightingale


[ A Birding and Wildlife Trip Report: Sri Lanka]

This small island has so much to offer that even after four years of living here there are so many more things to discover in terms of wildlife and beautiful scenes.  This month I thought it time to pack up the search for the large cr ....  Read More »

 

15 April- 17 April 2009-Leopard Safari in Yala, Sri Lanka

By Faye-Ruck Nightingale


[ A Birding and Wildlife Trip Report: Sri Lanka]

What do we commonly wish for from a safari trip?  Wildlife, birds, scenery, sounds, smells, open spaces, remoteness, and often something unique to the particular park that we are visiting?  On a safari trip to Yala surely everyone’s ultimate ....  Read More »

 

15 April- 17 April 2009 'Birds at Bundala'

By Jill King


[ A Birding and Wildlife Trip Report: Sri Lanka]

Following a trip with my daughter to Yala and Bundala, ably accompanied by Sam Caseer, our Jetwing Eco Holidays  guide, who had endless patience and was extremely knowledgeable about the many species of birds that we were fortunate enough to se ....  Read More »

 

15th March, 2008 to 26th March 2008 - Dragonfly Species List on Dragonfly watching Tour

By Supurna Hettiarchchi


[ A Birding and Wildlife Trip Report: Sri Lanka]

The list below assigns a unique number to each on the very first occasion a species of dragonfly was encountered on this dragonfly watching tour with client Lol Carman.

15th of March 2008
Talangama Wetland

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4th November to 18th November 2008 - Lol Carman’s Dragonfly watching Tour

By Author


[ A Birding and Wildlife Trip Report: Sri Lanka]

Lol Carman returned to Sri Lanka for his second dragonflies watching tour with Jetwing Eco Holidays. Naturalist guide Hetti accompanied him on this visit and the first visit. Given below is a list of species they saw at the key sites they visite ....  Read More »

 

03rd October -15th October 2008 - Butterflies and Dragonflies of Sri Lanka-Quest For Nature

By Karen Conniff


[ A Birding and Wildlife Trip Report: Sri Lanka]

This trip was organized by Jetwing Eco Holidays, ‘Wicky’ Wickramasekera was the official naturalist tour guide and I was asked to attend the session as a guest dragonfly expert. The booking of hotels and logistics coordinations were arranged ....  Read More »

 

01st August - 23rd August 2008 - Nature Holiday in Sri Lanka

By Howard Hall and Family


[Wildlife Trip Report: Sri Lanka]
 
We had the pleasure and privilege of visiting your wonderful country a couple of months ago. Everywhere we went, we were greeted with heart felt kindness and hospitality and the people of Sri Lanka seemed genuinely happy to see us there. Our guide was the ....  Read More »

 

13th July-23rd July 2008 – Wildlife Holiday in Sri Lanka

By Elizabeth Woolley


The whole family thoroughly enjoyed an absolutely amazing trip to Sri Lanka.  The  trip exceeded our expectations,and the whole experience was so much more than just a holiday. We all learned so much about the country and the wildlife, as  well as enjoying the stunning and ....  Read More »

 

29th June - 6th July 2008 - Elephants, Leopards and Rainforest in Sri Lanka

By Desmond Moorhouse & Stephanie


[A birding and wildlife trip report : Sri Lanka]

We had an excellent holiday - thank you! Wicky was a superb guide, and we had a great time together

Our highlights would probably be:

Being introduced to the wonderful world of birds including sri la ....  Read More »

 

2nd - 10th May 2008 - Birding and Leopard Safaris in Sri Lanka

By Ian Howarth


I just wanted to say thanks for your help with our tour, which turned out very well indeed.  Jaya was a great guide, and showed us so much more than we would ever have seen otherwise - including 27 endemics (not bad for casual birders!) and a bay owl, as well as marvellous v ....  Read More »

 

22nd March-05th April 2008 – Birding and Wildlife in Sri Lanka

By Martin Sherry


We certainly don't need reminding! It was a most fantastic holiday!

There were so many highlights from our trip but the ones that really stand out are; the evening Upali enticed the beautiful chestnust-backed owlet down to Sisira River Lounge, the wonderful sighting of ....  Read More »

 

28th February 2008-5th March 2008-Leopard and Endemic Birds in Sri Lanka

By Chris Wyeth


It would be true to say that all of the tour was memorable but the highlights would be:

Villa Talamanga -  Fantastic start to the holiday.  We booked an extra day but would ask for at least two extra days in future.

Sinharaja and Martin's Lodge - B ....  Read More »

 

07th - 27th February 2008 - Highlights of Sri Lanka

By Ian and Jenny Tillotson and Johan and Els Van den Berg


[ A Birding and Wildlife Trip Report: Sri Lanka]

Our request for a holiday to embrace culture, scenery, history, variety and the many faces of Sri Lanka, all generously wrapped in a matrix of wildlife, was admirably taken on board by Ajanthan. We four are fairly passionate about the natural wo ....  Read More »

 

06th - 20th February 2008- Malkohas, Hornbills and Leopards

By Donald Martin


Just to say what a wonderful birdwatching holiday that I enjoyed in Sri Lanka, and thanks to you and the Jetwing Eco team for organising an excellent tour for me, and a big thanks to Suminda for his knowledge and great company, which made the tour go so well. It was nice to m ....  Read More »

 

03rd- 19th February- Birds and Ancient Cities

By Sir Russell and Alison Hillhouse


[ A Birding and Wildlife Trip Report: Sri Lanka]

In summary, we had a wonderful trip, which fully met our expectations. Our two driver-guides, Hetti and Wicki, were superb. Obviously we had much more time to establish a relationship with Hetti and I hope he enjoyed this as much as we did; thro ....  Read More »

 

31st January - 15th February 2008- Malkohas, Hornbills and Leopards

By Brad and Ruth Woan


Please accept our thanks and congratulations on a wonderful country and a superb eco- company. We will not hesitate to use you again ( hopefully, in the very near future) and also to recommend you to anyone thinking of booking a holiday - anywhere. The organisation on your behalf w ....  Read More »

 

25th January - 13th February 2008- Highlights of Sri Lanka

By Jill and Bob Parkinson, Simmi and Kingsley Whish


We had a wonderful time and would like to thank you for arranging the holiday in conjunction with Jetwing.

Everything went extremely well, including the flights, and we were therefore able to see a wide variety of the attractions that the island has to offer from ....  Read More »

 

13th- 27th January 2008 - Birds & ancient cities

By Anne Heely & Ian Alexander


Ian and I would like to express our thanks to you and Jetwing Eco Holidays for organising an excellent tour for us.

It was good to meet both you and Gehan at Talangama (a very special place and heavenly food) and we were particularly impressed with our guide, Wic ....  Read More »

 

08th - 25th January 2008- Birds, Big Cats and Highlands

By Bob Guest & Julia


Julia and I would like you to know that we were delighted with all the arrangements that you made on our behalf in respect of our wonderful trip to Sri Lanka. Special thanks are obviously due to Upali Nissanka who was a superb naturalist guide in every respect - most knowled ....  Read More »

 

29th December 2007 - 11th of January 2008- Highlights of Sri Lanka Wildlife

By Dave and Judy Wilkins


We had a great time in Sri Lanka . Thank you to all at Jetwing ! The admin prior to our trip was very well handled by Ajanthan and he kept us updated on the trip and gave us loads of information. Our guide Jayaweera  was great company for the tour and an absolute mine of inf ....  Read More »

 

21st December 2007- 02nd January 2008- Christmas in Sri Lanka

By Tony Tate and Family


Just a quick note to thank you very much for the work you put in to make our Xmas break so enjoyable and trouble free.
 
We particularly enjoyed the Kithulgala trip, in fact more than the Sinharaja trip. Sam our guide was brilliant, very helpful and with a vast ....  Read More »

 

17th December- 09th January 2008- Highlights of Sri Lanka Wildlife

By Markku Tanturi and Anne


[ A Birding and Wildlife Trip Report: Sri Lanka]

 I thank you and especially Hetti for an excellent tour Anne and I had some three months ago. I will give you short descriptions of our feelings. I want to underline that these are just our personal feelings.

1) Villa Talangama: Ex ....  Read More »

 

26th- 29th November 2007- Endemic Birds of Sri Lanka

By Tony Dowd


Thank you very much for organising on short notice my trip to Sinharaja Rainforest - it is a special place and through the excellent guiding of Vipula I managed in 2 days to see most of the special bird species and many others as well. Accommodation while basic is adequate fo ....  Read More »

 

25th November 2007 - 10th December 2007-Tour of Sri Lanka

By Elizabeth and Caroline Harcourt


[ A Birding and Wildlife Trip Report: Sri Lanka]

A truly wonderful trip where we felt well taken cares of.  Our thanks first to Ajanthan for the organising and for his patience with my questions prior to departure. Next thanks to Jayaweera for his guiding skills, excellent driving and willing ....  Read More »

 

24th November - 09th December 2007 - Endemic Birds & Culture

By Alex Lewis


We had a fantastic 16 days in Sri Lanka, just as you promised. We saw all the endemics and plenty of other birds, and really enjoyed the tourist sites. Going to the Kandy test match was a bonus. The itinery was very well designed and the hotels were excellent. Best of all, Up ....  Read More »

 

09th- 16th November 2007 - Birding Holiday in Sri Lanka

By Glenn and Gloria Morgan


In answer to your request for our recent experience in Sri Lanka, we can answer that our visit to your country was very pleasant.  We enjoyed the accommodations very much.  The food was quite good, the scenery beautiful, and our guide knowledgeable.  We never felt threaten ....  Read More »

 

9th – 22nd October 2007- SRI LANKA: DRAGONFLIES AND OTHER WILDLIFE

By Dave Smallshire


[ A Birding and Wildlife Trip Report: Sri Lanka]


UK participants:
Peter Brown and Lynn Loughlin
Simon and Cathlyn Davidson
Roger Jones
Dave (BDS Leader) and Sue Smallshire

This British Dragonfly Society trip to Sri Lanka was organised by Quest for Nature (Read More »

 

09th - 22nd October 2007- Dragonflies and Wildlife Tour of Sri Lanka

By Karen Conniff


[ A Birding and Wildlife Trip Report: Sri Lanka]

Quest for Nature Tour handled by Jetwing Eco Holidays. Sri Lanka Tour leader ‘Wicky’ Wickramasekera, Guest Dragonfly Expert  Karen Conniff, Quest for Nature Tour Leader Dave Smallshire.


Day 1. The first Dragonfly T ....  Read More »

 

10th - 25th August 2007- Ancient cities, Rainforest and Safaris

By Gay and Malcolm Weir


Ever since my husband and I got back from Sri Lanka, I have felt that I wanted to write and say a big "thank you" for the wonderful trip you all organised for us. We had a great time, and we loved our time in your amazing country. We will be quite happy ....  Read More »

 

09th - 25th August 2007- Ancient cities, Highlands and Leopards

By Tony & Isabel Tate


As this was our third visit to Sri Lanka and as we had seen Sigiriya Rock and Kandy on our previous trips, Jetwing Eco Holidays made us a tailor-made tour to meet our specific requirements and guided us in our decisions by their in depth knowledge of their fantastic, diverse countr ....  Read More »

 

04th - 18th August - Birds, beasts, butterflies and temples

By Martyn Sidwell


[ A Birding and Wildlife Trip Report: Sri Lanka]

Introduction

 This trip report covers a tour taken by the Sidwell family in August 2007. Our interests are very broad, from Ancient Cities and temples to Elephants, Leopards, birds and butterflies. Jetwing Eco Holidays, t ....  Read More »

 

21st July - 5th August 2007 - Endemic Birds of Sri Lanka

By Hugues Dufourny & Véronique Buchet


Even as I try to summarize the most memorable parts of our trip in the course of this trip report I would like to start off by saying that our whole trip to Sri Lanka was a highlight! Sri Lanka is a amazingly exciting birdwatching and nature-lovers destination. Moreover, it is  na ....  Read More »

 

August 2007 - Rainforest and Big Game Safaris

By Archie Lawrie


My wife and I were in Sri Lanka for only a short time and, as I was working, we had to use  our weekends as best we could. For two of them we used the services of Jetwing Eco Holidays and we were not disappointed.   For our trip to Sinhara ....  Read More »

 

12th May – 27th May 2007 - Malkohas,Flycatchers and Leopards

By Marlin Jones & Anita Blanchard


We want to thank Jetwing Eco Holidays for the wonderful trip we had in Sri Lanka recently. Our accommodations were great (Martins Simple Lodge being our favorite) and we had the opportunity of seeing wildlife in its natural habitat. This included ....  Read More »

 

02nd May - 15th May 2007

By Sarah Mortimer


It is now nearly three weeks since we returned to London from our wildlife tour in Sri Lanka. We have many happy and wonderful memories trip. We would specially like to thank our guide Jayaweera for giving us such a wonderful and memorable holiday; our fortnights trip was eve ....  Read More »

 

02nd May - 7th May 2007

By Francine and Bob Martin


Bob and I would like to thank Hetti for his companionship over the last several days. We appreciated his broad, thoughtful knowledge on so many subjects, his ability to judge just how much information we could absorb, his unhurried driving (in the countryside), his flexibility and ability to handle unexpected situ ....  Read More »

 

11th April – 18th April 2007 - Birding and Wildlife Safari

By Brian Morris


Our guide Hetti picked us up promptly, at the designated time and spot.  Hetti is an excellent driver, polite, prompt, and pleasant. Moreover, he is an excellent guide and birdman. We spotted almost all of the species mentioned in the material provided, together with many la ....  Read More »

 

14th February – 21st February April 2007 - Leopard Safari

By James Craik and Michelle Owen


[ A Birding and Wildlife Trip Report: Sri Lanka]

We had a great time in Sri Lanka. Mano the driver was excellent. He was a very nice person, informative, knowledgeable and quick to pick up on the type of tourists that we were. Ie: happy to do our own thing without too much handholding. His dri ....  Read More »

 

09th February - 27th February 2007 - Birds, Dragonflies and other wildlife

By Dave and Sue Smallshire


[ A Birding and Wildlife Trip Report: Sri Lanka]

The British Dragonfly Society has a trip to Sri Lanka scheduled for 9th to 22nd October 2007, organised by Quest for Nature and Jetwing Eco Holidays. In order to familiarise himself with the dragonflies and other abundant wildlife that occur on this b ....  Read More »

 

8th February – 25 February 2007

By Rose Newsom


[ A Birding and Wildlife Trip Report: Sri Lanka]

Ajanthan of Jetwing Eco Holidays was enthusiastic and helpful in organizing our tour (although there were times when email contact broke down between us). We had a great holiday, which exceeded all our expectations. Upon ou ....  Read More »

 

2nd February - 10th February 2007

By Julie Wakeham


I really enjoyed my tour of Sri Lanka. Having Wicky - a great naturalist and guide - really added to the success of the trip.  The highlights of the trip were definitely the leopards in Yala National Park and we were very lucky with sightings. But it wasn't just the leopards ....  Read More »

 

11th January - 25th January 2007

By Miles Robert


[ A Birding and Wildlife Trip Report: Sri Lanka]

The first thing to say is that we had an excellent time and thoroughly enjoyed our stay in your beautiful country.  Our guide Jayaweera (Jaya) looked after us very well, particularly when the chips were down and it looked ....  Read More »

 

09th January - 16th January 2007

By Susan and David Hall


We had a wonderful time in Sri Lanka. The bird, mammal and reptile watching was excellent, and the scenery around Ella and Sinharaja was particularly spectacular. It was a pity we couldn't see much of Nuwara Eliya with visibility down to ~ 100 metres at times! Fortunately, th ....  Read More »

 

1st December to 14th December 2006 - Malkohas,Flycatchers and Himalayan Migrants

By John Drummond


We visited Sri Lanka during December 2006. Our guide Hetti was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Out of the large number of birds we saw while on tour the ones that remain engraved in our memory are the Serendib Scops Owl, Ceylon Magpie and Malabar Trogon ....  Read More »

 

27th November - 11th December 2006

By Paul Gaffan and Others


Sometime in 2004, Alistair and I decided that a visit to Sri Lanka was necessary in the near future in an effort to see the many endemics of this South Asian Island. With this in mind we approached Eco-Jetwing at the 2005 Birdfair and started making plans. Thr ....  Read More »

 

16th November - 17th November 2006 - Rainforest Tour

By Ted Lyons


One of the moments that stand out from my tour of Sri Lanka was being in the Sinharaja Forest and being woken at dawn to see several Sri Lanka Bluemagpie feeding around the camp. My walk in Sinharajah was an enjoyable experience mainly because of Hetti a ....  Read More »

 

21st August – 30th August 2006 - Rain Forests, Highlands and Leopards

By Tony Harden


We had a super time in Sri Lanka and were very pleased with Jaya. We said at the start that we wanted to be flexible and go where the mood took us. Jaya was exactly that and helped us to change our route and timings as we went round the country. He didn't lead ....  Read More »

 

27th March – 09th April 2006 - Ancient cities, Highlands & Wildlife Safaris

By Author


Overall it was a brilliant trip and lived up to all our hopes and expectations. We were particularly glad that we booked the whole holiday through you as from the very start we felt that we got personal treatment of the highest standard. Our driver/guide ....  Read More »

 

21st February to 23rd February 2006 - A Rainforest Tour in Sri Lanka

By Author


It all started with the snails.   As we learnt from Dinarzarde Raheem and Fred Naggs a couple of years ago, these creatures, residents of the Sinharaja since Gondwana straddled the Southern Hemisphere, remain a valuable measure of the region’s ecology. They were most cert ....  Read More »

 

11th Feb – 16th February 2006 - Sri Lanka Birdwatching and Wildlife Safaris

By Ian Young


We had a good time traveling in Sri Lanka. One of the best moments of the tour for us was the leopard sighting. Never having managed to see a leopard before, we were rewarded on our first day at Yala with a distant sighting and then a close view (but it ....  Read More »

 

8th February to 27th February 2006 - A 21 day Natural History Tour

By Author


We are back from Sri Lanka, having had a wonderful time. Our bird list was 241 and the only endemics we missed were the Scops Owl and the Woodpigeon.
 

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13th Feb – 8th Mar 2006 -A Birding, Wildlife, History and Culture Tour

By Sue Ebbutt & Alan Smith


Being keen but novice birders, we wanted a tour of Sri Lanka that would give us the opportunity to see as many of the birds of the country as possible, but also to see other wildlife, historic and cultural sites. The aim of this report is to demonstrate that t ....  Read More »

 

3rd February to 23rd February 2006 - The Crawford's Birding in Sri Lanka with Eco Holidays

By Author


What a wonderful place to go on holiday, and also for birding. The people are great, cheerful and smiling, as are the birds, which on the whole are happy to see you, and pose for photographs and identification. There are still those moving shapes at the tops of trees, but not too m ....  Read More »

 

1st February to 15th February 2006 - A Wildlife Photography Tour in Sri Lanka

By Author


What can I say about my trip to Sri Lanka? I could tell you about the wonderful wildlife that I encountered; leopards, bears, elephants, crocodiles, storks, etc, etc. I could tell you about the friendly and welcoming people of Sri Lanka, always with a smile. I could tell you ....  Read More »

 

18th January to 8th February 2006 - Birds of Sri Lanka

By Paul Davies


My tour in Sri Lanka was made memorable by many factors. Chief amongst them was the knowledge, expertise and professionalism shown by the guide. The staff members who handled my tour from Jetwing Eco Holidays were friendly and extremely helpful. The quality and volume of the birds ....  Read More »

 

16th January to 31st January 2006 - A Birding & Cultural Tour in Sri Lanka

By Author


We are enthusiastic but average birders with no experience of Asia. We had few expectations, as we didn’t know what was in store for us. When Wicky met our flight and we were en route to Villa Talangama we told him that we would be quite happy to see what we saw and had no ....  Read More »

 

20th December 2005 to 04th January 2006-Big Cats to Primates

By Erica Donnison


We had an excellent trip in Sri Lanka.Our guide Jayaweera was very knowledgeable and helpful throughout.  We were particularly impressed by his ability to change things as we went along enabling us to go to the bat cave instead of a second safari in Uda Walaw ....  Read More »

 

03rd December 2005 to 21st December 2005 -Our first visit to Sri Lanka with Eco Holidays

By Tim and Carol Inskipp


03rd December 2005 to 21st December 2005 - Birding Tour - Tim and Carol Inskipp (Authors of "Birds of India - Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives ....  Read More »

 

28th November - 11th December 2005 -Sri Lanka the original Garden of Eden

By Peter & Rosemary


Sri Lankans consider their country the original Garden of Eden, so it was with much anticipation we set out after an overnight stop at The Blue Ocean in Negombo for The Culture Club at Dambulla. This is set in the heart of beautiful countryside Crimson-Fronted Barbet, Pompadour Gr ....  Read More »

 

15th November - 8th December 2005 - revisit Sri Lanka

By Peter and Margaret Whiles


Planning for our holiday started in March 2005 with all communications conducted by email direct to Ajanthan Shanthiratnam (eco@jetwing.lk). Before the final itinerary was agreed Ajanthan reviewed our proposed itinerar ....  Read More »

 

6th November - 19th November 2005 - Ancient Cities,Highlands and Leopards

By David and Emma Dungey


Emma and I initially visited Yala National Park in November 2005. The park has a very unusual landscape and is home to a wide range of wildlife. We saw leopards, black bears, crocodiles and a lot of birds as well. We initially saw the leopard late aftern ....  Read More »

 

20th September 2005 - 05th November 2005

By Jon Ashworth and Fiona Harris


[ A Birding and Wildlife Trip Report: Sri Lanka]


SITTING in the back of a Land Rover in Yala National Park, we gazed upon a scene of devastation. The beach at Patanangala where tourists on game drives used to stop for morning tea looked as though it had been shredde ....  Read More »

 

6th August - 21st August 2005 - Wildlife Safaris and Temples

By Tom Southern


We had a great holiday in Sri Lanka. It's hard for me to choose some of the best moments there because honestly we found our whole trip wonderful. If I were to choose however, one of the best memories for me was viewing the temple paintings near Galle. T ....  Read More »

 

5th June - 12th June 2005 - Wildlife and Scubadiving

By Felicity Sheasby


We had a lovely holiday in Sri Lanka and we would definitely like to travel with Jetwing Eco Holidays again.   When we first got our flights to Sri Lanka, we thought that we would spend the week in just one beach hotel, we're so glad that we didn't because the tour that Eco Holidays organized for us gave us a gr ....  Read More »

 

25th March - 10th April 2005 - Alf King's Bird watching Holiday with Eco Holidays

By Author


Sri Lanka is a great place to visit for a birding holiday, a cultural visit, general nature trip or any other kind of holiday. The island is highly dependent upon tourism as are many of the reserves and, following the terrible events of December 2004 this industry has suffered enor ....  Read More »

 

12th April - 26th April 2005 - Birding and Wildlife Safaris

By Arthur Keates


Of all the places we visited while on tour the ones that stand out the most for us are Sinharaja, Yala National Park, Knuckles Wilderness and Sigiriya. Knuckles is set in spectacular picturesque country consisted of a rugged range, was home to abundant b ....  Read More »

 

2nd March - 18th March 2005 - Endemic Birds of Sri Lanka

By Ian Rickwords


[ A Birding and Wildlife Trip Report: Sri Lanka]

Our holiday was very enjoyable and altogether a great success.  The arrangements all went very well, thanks to Ajanthans (Jetwing Eco Holidays) planning, our guide's excellent guiding and Gobi's driving.  We have recommen ....  Read More »

 

5th - 26th February 2005, A Wildlife and Birding Tour in Sri Lanka after the Tsunami

By Mike Hillman


With Eco Holidays (Jetwing) we had been planning our trip to Sri Lanka since early last year and it all came to fruition when we touched down at Colombo Airport on 5 th February. We were greeted by our Naturalist Guide and our driver, both of whom would be with us throughout our th ....  Read More »

 

12th November - 15th November 2004 - Birding in Sri Lanka

By Keith Sproule and Family


The absolute highlight of our tour of Sri Lanka was the naturalist guide provided by Jetwing Eco Holidays. The kids loved him! His abilities were such that I have referred to them in several international presentations. He had all o ....  Read More »

 

05th July - 07th July 2004 - Big Game Safaris

By Denise King


We had a wonderful time in Sri Lanka. The hotel was amazing and the leopard sighting was even better! Definitely the icing on the cake as far as this tour was concerned. We started our safari at the crack of dawn accompanied by two guides ....  Read More »

 

14th November - 13 December 2003- Wildlife Safaris

By Richard Cox


Our trip to Sri Lanka was organised extremely well by Jetwing Eco Holidays. The most memorable moment on tour for us was the leapord sighting. On that [Richard Cox] particular day we were driving through Wilpattu National Park and had har ....  Read More »

 

2nd February - 6th February 2003 - Leopard Tour

By Diane Murphy


[ A Birding and Wildlife Trip Report: Sri Lanka]

We visited Sri Lanka during February 2003. As a part of our trip we spent 4 days in Yala. Due to the skill of the driver and our guide Nandana we managed to find a leopard each day. One of our sightings was high up in the h ....  Read More »

 

Serendipity and Big Cats

By Chris Pritchard


[ A Birding and Wildlife Trip Report: Sri Lanka]

A fat frog sits on a sunny rock that protrudes from a stream, unaware it is about to die. A heron swoops. The frog disappears. Seconds later I spot the heron, preening on another rock  as the amphibian dangles he ....  Read More »

 

23rd July - 28th July 2010 - Bill Oddie, the UK’s most famous birder, along with Liam Creedon, carry out a tour of Sri Lanka.

By By Riaz Cader


The first thing I can say about Sri Lanka is that it's perfectly obvious we're not going to be here long enough!  I would have guessed that about sort of two or three weeks at least you need to see Sri Lanka's wildlife.  To see Sri Lanka completely you'd need two or three years I'd imagine!  It's my first visit ....  Read More »

 

Tuesday 19th October 2010 - Karen Conniff sights a mother leopard with three tiny cubs at Yala National Park

By By Karen Conniff


Yala National Park in Sri Lanka was trying to keep quiet about a mother leopard and her three cubs, but word had leaked from one jeep driver to another, one naturalist guide to another and from one photographer to another.  By the beginning of October many knew where the mother’s den was. Those lucky enough to ....  Read More »

 

5th January - 26th January 2011 - Ray and Shelia Murray on their birding experience in Sri Lanka.

By By Ray Murray


We went for three weeks in January 2011. The first week unfortunately coincided with a bout of La Nina weather that had been afflicting much of the western Pacific with heavy rains and floods, especially in Queensland, the Philippines and parts of southern China. The persistent low pressure over the Bay of Bengal ....  Read More »

 

10th July - 22nd July 2011- Andrew and Sheila Simpson on a wildlife tour to Sri Lanka

By By Andrew Simpson


Thank you for arranging such a memorable tour for us. All of the arrangements worked perfectly from the moment we were met by Lasantha to the time we were dropped off at the airport to come home. We enjoyed all of the hotels, the food was mouth watering and a real experience for us to sample the local dishes, and ....  Read More »

 

Sunday 19th September 2010 - A day outing to cherish at Wilpattu National Park

By Riaz Cader


I had attended a wildlife lecture a week back where I met Spencer Maneuelpillai,  who showed some photographs of leopards he had taken the week before at Wilpattu on a day outing. I had been to Wilpattu three times before (had done four game drives), twice this year and was yet to se ....  Read More »