Our Team

The Cinnamon Nature Trails team is headed by Chitral Jayatilake, a senior wildlife photographer and conservationist and Vimukthi Weeratunga – Senior Biologist and Photographer. The team is made of 15 dedicated in-house naturalist guides with immense experience on various areas of wilderness. This cumulative experience and their natural passion will ensure you will have unforgettable memories travelling in the Wilds of Sri Lanka in their company.

Chitral Jayatilake – Wildlife Photographer

Head of Cinnamon Nature Trails, Chitral is an avid Nature Photographer whose passion to position Sri Lanka as a wildlife tourism destination facilitated several international productions on the local natural world including Discovery Channel, BBC-NHU and Nat Geo Wild...

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Vimukthi Weeratunga – Wildlife Biologist

Vimukthi is a Wildlife & Fisheries Biologist by training, graduated with a BSc from the Oregon State University, Oregon, USA. Vimukthi was trained under the Wildlife Institute of India on wildlife management. Vimukthi is also a professional wildlife photographer ...

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Nilantha Kodithuwakku

An avid nature lover, Nilantha began his career in the youth exploration society based at the Royal Botanical Gardens where he studied Herpetology, Ornithology and Botany.
He then joined Dr. Dittus in the Primate Research Programme in Pollonnaruwa and partici...

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B. Daya

An advance open water diver, Daya is Sri Lanka’s most experienced free diving naturalist at sea. He’s worked with celebrated photographers such as, Amos Nachoum, Tony Wu and Dr. Charles Anderson, Paul Goldstein and Eric Goh with over 300 whale watching tours in Trinc...

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Kolitha Senanayaka

Kolitha, who hails from Kandy is a former scout and cadet during his school days, he is an expert in the fields of birding and butterfly identification. A talented artist and graphic designer, Kolitha worked as a Material Development Officer in the Upper Mahaweli Env...

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Gayan Gamage

This young and free-spirited naturalist has over ten years of experience in tracking leopards in Yala as well as Wilpattu National Parks. Gayan also specializes in free diving with whales assisting photographers and dive crews to film marine mammals. He also enjoys p...

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Nirmal

A phonetical love of outdoors and all that is wild makes Nirmal both adventurous and daring, he joins Nature Trails after his studies in USA as a senior tour coordinator and Film Location fixer.

Nirmal is a key player in all our film fixing efforts, c...

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Gayan Pradeep

Gayan is a specialist in birds, while also conducting marine mammal safaris in Trincomalee. He is also handling field activities of the Cinnamon Elephant Project. Gayan was into wildlife and nature since of a very young age. He had gain an initial knowledge on wildli...

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Johan

A serious love for nature perhaps enabled Johan to leave his career at a travel company and join Nature trails to spearhead all tailor made safaris. A keen eye for detail and impeccable customer focus makes Jo quite loved by all our guests even before they arrive in ...

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Kasun

Kasun is a graduate on Zoology and Botany from the Open University of Sri Lanka.
His passion to observe birds began at an early age watching birds at the Sinharaja Rai n Forest. He’s been involved in several research projects covering Sinharaja, Dambulla Bird ...

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Mohan

A birder and a passionate nature lover, Mohan joined Nature Trails back in 2013 as a naturalist guide. He excels in conducting bird watching trails at Habarana, and adjacent tracks, while also conducting safaris to observe elephants at the Gathering that occurs mid y...

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Athula

Athula is a specialist in endemic birds, insects and dragonflies, He has participated in many educational events conducted by the Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka at the University of Colombo. Expert in the local culture and conducts the famous village trail in H...

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Nithan Raha

A young and enthusiastic Naturalist who hailing from the Northern city of Jaffna, Nithen is a member of the Young Zoologists Association and the Field Ornithology Group.

His passion to follow migrant birds in the Northern peninsula under guidance from...

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