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About Us

The organization

With more than 10 yearsof experience (and counting), Walk With Jith is a tour operating company in Sri Lanka which organizes cultural, bird watching, wildlife, whale watching, safari, nature photography, honeymoon and other types of tours and holidays. Walk With Jith team consists of expert birding tour guides, wild life guides and well-rounded cultural tour guides, mostly licensed from Sri Lanka Tourist board.

Our tours and excursions are personally organized by Jith (Prasanjith Caldera). Jith is one of the country's most experienced trekkers and birders as well as a top tour guide. Our mission is to give you a relaxing holiday, a wonderful tour and a taste of Sri Lanka as Sri Lankans live it.

Even though we are well established in Sri Lanka starting in about 2002, we are not a large-scale venture and we will not promote commercial sales aimed at tourists. Rather we ensure that our rates are reasonable, and that the money you spend will directly and positively affect people at the village level. We seek to improve the lives of the people who affect & conserve the bird habitats by buying products and services including home staying, guiding services etc. In our tours, you will have the rare opportunity to share experiences with local village people, visit their homes, and immerse yourself in their lives and culture.

From us, people around the world can get free travel advice and tips as well as culture, bird and wildlife information regarding Sri Lanka.

'Walk With Jith' is a corporate member of the Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka, University of Colombo and a member of ResponsibleTravel.com. We are also linked to "Fatbirder.com".


Prasanjith Caldera Managing Director / Director Operations

Tour Leader Prasanjith Caldera

Prasanjith is the 'Jith' in 'Walk With Jith' and he is its founder. He will personally lead your tour, showing you some of the spectacular places he's seen in a long trekking career, and introducing you to the friends he's made in his travels.

Prasanjith has had varied career as a Lieutenant in the Sri Lanka Navy and in marketing and industry. Interested in nature from childhood, he went back to school to study Wildlife Conservation and Management at the Open University of Sri Lanka. Subsequently, he has worked with several scientific agencies exploring Sri Lanka's bio diversity.

He was a founding member of the National Bird Ringing Program in Sri Lanka. From 2003 to 2005, for about 3 years he has served as the field supervisor of bird studies in the Sinharaja World Heritage Rainforest, studying mixed-species flocks and vocal mimicry. (Goodale, E., Caldera, P. and Kotagama, S. W.  2006. Twenty-five years of research on the mixed-species bird flocks of Sri Lanka. Siyoth 1: 22-28.) In January 2004, he was among the first group to observe the nesting behavior of the rare Sri Lankan endemic bird Ashy-headed Laughing-thrush. Though the bird was first recorded in 1852, its breeding was unknown until March/April 1984, when the first authentic discovery of a nest and eggs was reported. (Jayarathna, A., Caldera, P. & Goodale, E.  2005.  Observations on the nesting and parental behaviour of the Ashy-headed Laughing Thrush (Garrulax cinereifrons). Forktail 21: 163­–164.)

As a nature sound recordist, Prasanjith co-composed the "Sounds of Sinharaja" audio CD. (Goodale, E., Caldera, P. and Jayarathna, A. 2004. The sounds of Sinharaja. Audio CD. Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka.).

Prasanjith holds a Tourist Guide License from the Tourist Board of Sri Lanka. He is a member of the Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka, the Oriental Bird Club (UK) and a former member of the National Geographic Society (USA). A cricket enthusiast, he serves as a cricket umpire for "The Association of Cricket Umpires Sri Lanka" in his spare time.

Scientific Advisors

Dr. Eben and Dr. Uromi Goodale,

Dr. Uromi Goodale and Dr. Eben Goodale

Eben and Uromi have worked with Prasanjith for many years in the past and are pleased to serve as scientific program advisors. They currently live in China with their son David Parakrama Goodale.

Uromi Goodale received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Colombo (Special degree, Botany) and her Masters in Forest Science from Yale University, studying the allometric relationships of native pioneer tree species. She finished her Ph.D. at Yale concentrating on the ecophysiological adaptations of pioneer species along the forest gap-understory continuum, and their dynamic response to changes in environmental conditions. She is keenly interested in Sri Lankan rural culture and customs and their scientific basis. Currently she is a Post Doctoral Scholar at Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences and continues ecophysiological studies on tropical Asian flora focusing on seed biology. www.researchgate.net/Uromi_Goodale

Eben Goodale received his Bachelor's degree from Harvard University, and has studied mixed-species flocks of birds in Sri Lanka since 1995, working in both lowland and montane forests. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, studying interspecific communication within mixed-species bird flocks. Eben is currently an Associate Professor at the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG), Chinese Academy of Sciences. As a behavioral ecologist, Eben continues to focus on the connection between behavior, community ecology and conservation.  At XTBG he is exploring interactions between fruiting trees and frugivores, as well as continuing other projects on bird behavior and conservation in Asia and Melanesia. www.researchgate.net/Eben_Goodale


Webmaster and Promoter

Lalith Manage

Lalith - Sinharaja research work

Lalith works as a consultant for Walk With Jith. He is Walk With Jith's web master, advertiser, concept builder and promoter.

After studying biology in the University of Colombo and studying Painting in the Vibhavi Academy of Fine Arts he moved in to web developing and computer graphics. Being an artists, he is associated to Theertha International Artists Collective, Sri Lanka. Laith is practicing martial artist starting first in 1989 and specialize s in Jeet Kune Do. Being certified in guidance &counseling Lalith has a good understanding of business psychology and a clear knowledge of counseling philosophy. When he is not pecking the keyboard, he plays his GG eastern flute...


Bird watching and wildlife tour guide

Upali Nisshanka

Winnie and Sammy

Upali is an excellent bird watching tour guide with more than ten years of experience in the field who receives high praise in our tour reviews. Upali has worked in several leading tour companies in Sri Lanka. He obtained his tour-guiding license from the Sri Lanka Tourist Board in 2005. Upali is a passionate photographer specially on bird and wildlife. He is an active member of the prestigious Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka (FOGSL) at the University of Colombo.


Bird watching and wildlife tour guide

Saman Weediyabandara

Saman Weediyabandara

Saman is from Kandy, the central hill country of Sri Lanka. He is an expert in wildlife and birdwatching tours and has guided tours for leading tour operating companies in Sri Lanka. For more than a decade he has been in the field. Group tours is a more demanding than a normal tours and Saman knows it. For Walk With Jith's large group tours he has guided, he has received excellent comments. He is a patient, never tiring, very cheerful and friendly guide.

This relentless bird spotter will do everything possible to show rare and target birds while making sure that the habitats are not disturbed.


Bird watching and wildlife tour guide

Supurna Hettiarachchi

Supurna Hettiarachchi

Supurna Hettiarachchi or 'Hetti' is one of the top naturalist guide in Sri Lanka specialized in birding and wildlife tours. Experienced in tourist industry more than 25 years he has a guiding license from the Sri Lanka Tourist Board.

Hetti has worked for overseas tour operating companies through local companies, guiding large birwatching tour groups is Sri Lanka.
As an experienced photographer, he knows the special needs of a bird and wildlife photographer than a normal tally counting wildlife tour. As a veteran in the field, Hetti is a sort-after lecturer for wildlife and birdwatching workshops for chauffeur guides in Sri Lanka. Friendly, cheerful and caring Supurna Hettiarachchi is also a welth of knowledge about Sri Lankan culture and heritage.


Bird watching and wildlife tour guide

Koushalya Mahagedara

Koushalya Mahagedara

Equipped with thorough knowledge of Birds, Koushalya Mahagedara is popular as a great travel companion for touring in Sri Lanka. He is well capable of helping tourists to identify not only Birds, but also Mammals, Butterflies, Reptiles, Amphibians, Dragonflies and Trees. This funny, energetic Naturalist known to be armed with aknowledge in depth of the Culture, Art & History throughout the island.

There are 323 species locally and 214 Internationally to Koushalya’s Birding Life-list.  He is one of most proficient guides in Sri Lanka for forest birding in Rainforest areas.  
 
Koushalya is a Tour Leader for Bird Watching groups since 2012.  He boasts of over 27 successful Bird Watching Tours so far from mainly UK, Holland, Belgium, Sweden, France, Australia and USA.

Other Tours of Koushalya

1.  Lead coordinator for the Study Abroad Program offered to the Michigan State University by the Agriculture Education Unit in Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya in 2013, 2014 & 2015.

2.  Lead coordinator for the "One HEALTH" Intense Field Course offered to the University of California, Davis by the Agriculture Education Unit in Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya in 2015

3.   Culture and History tour for the Aarunya Travels in September 2014.


Bird watching and wildlife tour guide

Senarath Bulathsinhala

Senarath Bulathsinhala is a more than 15-years experienced bird and wildlife tour guide. He has worked for several wildlife tour companies. His interest in birding began in his childhood as a hobby. Senarath obtained his tour guide license from Sri Lanka Tourists Board. He is also an active member of Ceylon Bird Club.

Jovial and friendly Senarath is very knowledgeable about Sri Lankan history, culture and social life. And he will have many stories to tell you from so many places he has visited in his long carrier as a tour guide.


Bird watching and wildlife chauffer guide

Thilina Karunanayaka

Thilina Karunanayaka

Thilina Karunanayaka is birding and wildlife chauffer guide. He entered tourism around 2008 and holds an island wide Travel Assistance License from the Sri Lanka Tourist Board. He started his carrier as a chauffeur and then a co-guide for birdwatching and wildlife tours. He learned under very famous biding and wildlife guides. And one of his teachers was his uncle, Supurna Hettiarachchi aka Hetti. Hetti is a more than 25 years experienced leading wildlife tour guide, now a member of Walk With Jith team.

Since 2011 Thilina has diligently studied wild life and has done many birding and safari tours in Sri Lanka. Making it a challenge, he would relentlessly fight to find rare and hart to spot birds. He is has a good ear to identify birds from their calls and also to locate them.

Thilina is a pleasant cheerful personality and an amateur wildlife artist.

Bird watching and wildlife chauffer guide

Athula Sampath

Athula Sampath - Walk Wtih Jith guide

Athula Sampath was born in Kadawatha, north Colombo. He started wild life tours in 2004 as a driver and worked with expert birdwatching and wildlife tour guides in Sri Lanka. He learnt on the job and around 2009 he started to work as a birding and wild life chauffer guide.

Athula has a sharp eyesight. He is very good in identifying bird calls and locating the birds from the calls. He would tirelessly work to find any target bird in the field. Athula is a passionate bird photographer and a pleasant personality who has received many good reviews and commendations from his clients.


Bird watching and wildlife chauffer guide

Indunil Subasinghe

Indunil Subasinghe - Wak With Jith guide

Indunil Subasinghe holds an island wide Travel Assistance License from the Sri Lanka Tourist Board.

He started in tourism around 2008, as a chauffeur travelling to all corners of Sri Lanka with top birding and wildlife guides who taught him to be a bird and wildlife guide. After rapidly and passionately learning about birding and wildlife tour guiding, he started working with Walk With Jith in 2015.

Indunil is commended for his careful driving and attentive care given to his clients.


Chauffer guide for cultural tours

Pathmaraja Jayawardena

Jayawardena (Jaya), is working with us since 2007. He is a well-travelled, sought-after driver-guide with wide spread experience travelling in Sri Lanka. He has an active interest in Sri Lanka’s history, culture and wildlife. He obtained his tour-guiding license from the Sri Lanka Tourist Board in 2005.


Chauffer guide for cultural tours

Manjula (Manju) Munasinghe

Manju in a tour with Guests
Manju in a tour with Guests

Manjula Munasinghe, aka Manju, is a more than 8 years experienced cultural guide. "Happy, calm, friendly, caring, going out of the way to help" are how he had been commended by guests. He is an experienced dirver too. Manju's interests are focused on the culture, heritage and history of Sri Lanka. He himself loves travelling and authentic Sri Lankan food.


Images of Sri Lanka - A photographic essay of Sri Laka’s people and wildlife
Images of Sri Lanka -
Photos of a Walk With Jith
tour now in a book with valuable comments
- by Brian Pollard