Our Tour Leaders

All of our tours are led by academics and experts in their field who will share their passion and knowledge with you in lectures, talks and throughout the tour. Click on their profile to find out more about them.

Richard Mendis

A local of Colombo, Richard Mendis has been leading tours of his native Sri Lanka for the past 15 years. Educated in Germany and Austria, he is a fluent speaker of English and German in addition to his mother tongue Sinhalese. Richard has a wealth of knowledge of the history, culture, politics, cuisine, flora and fauna of Sri Lanka, and as a keen ornithologist, he is fully conversant with almost all of the 436 bird species found in his home country. A consummate professional, his local knowledge, enthusiasm and humour is second to none.