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Please note that most Birdingpals are serious birdwatchers. It is a privilege to contact them, and your message should reflect it. A local Pal does not get paid, but should he/she offer to take you out birding, using their own vehicle, it would be courteous to pay for the fuel. A lunch and/or a small gift would also be appropriate, something as simple as a souvenir of your country, or a pin from your local birding club.

Initial Last Name Area Available Language
N Wikramanayake Colombo, Western Province Anytime English
I am an amateur birdwatcher who lives next to a wetland in Colombo. I will be happy to take you around this area and also drive out to other locations nearby. I can also put you in touch with local guides in the Sinharaja rainforest.
S Alvis Colombo, Western Province Weekend English
K Wasantha Colombo, Western Province Anytime English
N Vishvanath Colombo, Western Province Anytime English
R Samarasinghe Colombo, Western Province Anytime English
S Hettiarchchi Kandy/Colombo, Western Province Anytime English
Kandy - Hill Country we can find more endemic birds. Colombo - Low country. Lot of Bird species amoung the low land forests and mangroovs
P Mahawatta Kalutara/Colombo, Western Province Anytime English
I'm Prasanna from Sri Lanka and I'm a land surveyor in the Survey Department. My favorite hobby is birdwatching and I know many bird behaviors, pictures etc.
T Perera Panadura, Western Province Anytime English
I'm a semi-professional wildlife photographer based in Sri Lanka, and also an avid birder. Some of my photographs can be seen at Sri Lanka is a great place for birding. With 492 recorded bird species including 236 residents with 33 endemics packed in to a relatively small island, it's one of the best birding destinations in Asia. I have traveled to almost every birding hotspot in the island and I am always on the look out for new birds to see (and photograph) and new locations to travel.
T Abeywardana Panadura, Western Province Anytime English
26 years, Environmental Officer (10 years field experience), interested Flora (like Orchids), Birds and bio-diversity conservation, protecting wildlife, photography. Home town Panadura near (in front of) Bolgoda river, married from Colombo lives very close to national Zoological Garden, Dehiwala (150m), Attidiya sanctuary (able to capture endemic birds)also very close (less 1km). I'm able to guide all the National Parks in Sri Lanka.

Professional Guides

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Initial Last Name Area Available Language
C Jayaweera Colombo, Western Province Anytime English, Spanish
Fifty year old Chaminda Jayaweera also known as Jaya has had extensive experience of more than twenty years as a tour guide. His specialty is birdwatching tours. He is also well versed in mammals, dragonflies and butterflies and an enthusiastic wildlife photographer too. He has undergone many training session with eminent Sri Lankan wildlife photographer Gehan de Silva Wijeratne. Jaya is a qualified bird watching tour guide who is licensed by the Ceylon Tourist Board. He has also followed the Certificate Course in Wildlife Conservation & Management conducted by the Open University of Sri Lanka, Diploma on Waterfalls in Sri Lanka conducted by Lanka Council on Waterfalls and is an active Life member of the Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka (FOGSL).
During his long career, Jaya has worked with Professors Sarath Kotagma (Dept of Environment and Science, University of Colombo), Jeremy Gray (ERM Dept, University College Dublin, Republic of Ireland) and M T Sivajothy (Dept of Animal and Plant Science, University of Sheffield, UK). Professor Caroline Harcourt of the World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge has commended Jaya highly as a birdwatching tour guide in Sri Lanka. Jaya also conducted photography tours in Sri Lanka for well known UK wildlife photographers David Hosking FRPS and Martin Withers FRPS.
05th Dec to 18th Dec 2010. Jayaweera was the best! Very polite, knowledgeable & helpful. We felt very safe with him & he looked after us very well. We would recommend him to everyone. He passion is wildlife & birds and he knows every single bird in Sri Lanka. He was great company & we`ve thoroughly enjoyed having him as our Driver Guide. Robert & Sarah Harvey-UK
19th Dec 2010 to 09th Jan 2011. Jayaweera was helpful, resourceful and knowledgeable. He is having very good knowledge of birds and wildlife. Stephen and Jane Cotton-UK
Jan and Feb 2011. Thank you for guiding us for 2 weeks in Jan and Feb 2011. Your knowledge and expertise made all the difference to our holiday. We don't really think of ourselves as "birders" because we are interested in all aspects of natural history and culture, so your wide-ranging interests matched ours very well. You were always very patient with us, if we couldn't see something or recognise something we'd seen plenty of times before. You were enthusiastic without being obsessive. You also piloted us round Sri Lanka roads without incident and proved capable of achieving things in hotels, that the hotel staff seemed unable to do. No water in your room? Leave it to Jaya! Our thanks. Stephen and Jane Cotton-UK.


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  Anjana Sandakelum Eagles Nest Cabanas Tangalle Sri Lanka Anytime English
  For the last three years we have obtained awards from for customer satisfaction, consistently being rated at 9.1 for each of the last three years. Likewise we have received awards for excellence from Trip Advisor for the last three years.

Many of our customers after having completed their stay with us, then ask if they can extend their stay for further days. Some return at the end of their holidays.

We keep our grounds in a way which encourages wild birds and animals to visit and the lagoon at the front of the property has many visiting birds.

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We are within easy traveling distance of the wildlife parks at Yala, Bundala and Udawalawa. We are also a few miles away from the turtle watching sight of Rakava.

Yala, Bundala and Udawalawa

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