Our Photographic Trip to Sri Lanka (May 16-29, 2020), is without a doubt one of our most complete experiences. Sri Lanka, located in the Gulf of Bengal, is an amazing destination that combines fantastic possibilities for lovers of social, cultural and landscape photography. This trip to this remote part of the world also has the great particularity of being guided by a local guide who will facilitate direct contact with the inhabitants of the island.
Given its location, Sri Lanka offers us a complete destination for taking photographs. From incredible landscapes in the jungle or in the tea fields, social photography on its beaches with its famous Stilt fishermen as well as landscape or wildlife photography where we will watch from blue whales, to safaris in different national parks, inhabited by elephants, leopards, monkeys or crocodiles. Sri Lanka will offer us countless opportunities every day to make beautiful unrepeatable photographs in any other destination on the planet.
Among all these landscapes, we will photograph the famous Sigiriya rock, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, or the sacred Adam’s Peak, where we will climb at dusk following the Hindu tradition to see the incredible sunrise from its summit, both surrounded by beautiful jungles and Tea plantations that will give us unique views.
Also, we will visit different national parks such as the Minneriya National Park where we will have the possibility to photograph the incredible Indian elephant in its natural habitat, or the Yala National Park where we can observe the always difficult Ceylon leopard in addition to crocodiles, flamingos or buffalo in both safaris. In addition, we will have the possibility of seeing blue whales, the largest animal in the world, in another of our excursions in the south of the island.
Many of the towns in the area also have impressive Buddhist monasteries, sometimes nestled within the mountains themselves, always surrounded by these magnificent landscapes. Sri Lanka is a perfect destination for the social photographer and the portraitist, both amateur and professional, since every day we will have many opportunities to photograph the people who inhabit their locations, from their inhabitants in their main cities, in the tea fields or on the beaches where they still retain their traditional fishing methods.
With all this, we are sure that this Photographic Trip to Sri Lanka is going to be an unbeatable and enormously enriching experience for all photography enthusiasts, and that will allow you to enjoy a unique area in the world, achieving fantastic images of it. .
Do not miss this great opportunity and confirm your attendance now, do not forget that places will be limited.
The trip will start at the Colombo airport, where our local guide will be waiting to take us to our hotel. Upon arriving at our hotel and after having rested and acclimatized, we will go to its most emblematic point such as the Gangaramaya temple.
Later, we will return to the hotel, to continue acclimatization and rest.
After breakfast, we will head towards Habarana, where we will stay tonight after visiting its incredible and historic surroundings.
The first point of interest will be the Temple of the Dambulla Cave, or also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla. We will visit its set of caves with temples inside, decorated with paintings and statues dedicated to the life of Buddha. The complex is 2000 years old and is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Later, we will climb the Pidurangala rock from where we will watch the sunset overlooking the famous Sigiriya rock. A much simpler climb, and that offers us better views of the area, and also being less visited by tourists will allow us to enjoy nature calmly to take panoramic photographs.
At the end we will return to our accommodation in Habarana.
Today, we will photograph the incredible surroundings of the Polonnaruwa ruins. Ancient capital of the kingdoms of Sri Lanka and in which we can visit ancient temples and palaces decorated with gigantic sculptures to Buddha, or ruins of carved facades that now survive the jungle.
Afterwards, we will leave for our first trip safari in the Minneriya National Park. There we will be until sunset, to photograph the “meetings” of Indian elephants that live in this park and can reach up to 100 gathered, as well as other species such as water buffalo, Pelicans or the Lizard Monitor.
When the sun disappears, we will return to our hotel in Habarana to rest and prepare for the next day.
This day we will travel to Kandy, stopping on the way in the amazing rock temple of Aluvihare in Matale. A temple surrounded by mountains and that will offer us spectacular photographs of its architecture.
Once we arrive at Kandy, known as the city of mountains and capital of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, we will leave our things at the hotel to go out to visit its colonial streets, as well as approach the Royal Botanical Garden of Peradeniya, which despite the British colonization of the island owes its name to King Wickramabahu III when it was inaugurated in 1371. Considered as the best botanical garden in all of Asia, we can photograph countless plants as well as centenary trees, among which the collection of Orchids and its avenues of palm trees that decorate their endless roads.
After breakfast, we will go to the Udawattakele Forest Reserve, located near Kandy. In addition to the three Buddhist monasteries, and their houses located in caves in the mountains of the reserve, we will walk among its forests characterized by its giant lianas where an infinity of birds and other species like macaques live, so our possibilities of photographing will be varied and spectacular throughout the tour.
At noon, we will go to one of the most spectacular landscapes of our trip: Adam’s Peak. On the way we will stop at the Ramboda waterfalls, located in a unique environment and which according to the weather we will try to visit from its base since it is not easily accessible. Once our session is over, we will continue to Adam’s Peak, a sacred conical mountain for both Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim, 2243 meters high that we will ascend the next morning. During this afternoon we will look for an ideal location to photograph it at sunset with some of the many tea plantations that surround this historic place.
After sunset, we will take the opportunity to rest early at the foot of Adam’s Peak.
We will wake up long before dawn, to ascend Adam’s Peak and reach the top at dawn. The climb is safe, as it is a Hindu tradition to make this ascent during the night and is perfectly conditioned with stairs to the same top. Once up we will wait as dawn gives us incredible views of the island, and the shadow of the same mountain is projected on the nearby plain. We will also have the possibility to visit the temple located at the top, where a sacred relic known as the Adam’s footprint for the Muslim religion is kept.
Later, and after having rested from our excursion we will go to our next Nuwaraeliya destination. On the way we will stop to photograph two of the most beautiful waterfalls in Sri Lanka: St. Claire and Devon. The first is the widest in the country, 50 meters and its two bags of water in addition to the vegetation and nearby tea plantations will offer wonderful views. The Devon waterfall, on the other hand, thanks to its almost 100 meters of water-free fall is one of the most impressive and where we will wait for the sunset to photograph it when its incredible landscape has the best light.
Once our session is over, we will approach the nearby city of Nuwaraeliya where we will rest and prepare for the next day.
Today we will get up early to visit the National Park of the Plains of Horton, which will offer us different views of what we have seen so far on our trip first thing in the morning. The Plains of Horton are located in a high plateau at 2000 meters high and from them we can observe the highest mountains of the island, as well as the incredible cliff of the End of the World of 870 meters high. We can also enjoy its waterfalls and endless landscapes on our walk through this incredible national park.
At noon we will approach Nanu Oya to ride the train on the way to Ella, 2 and a half hours long and from which we will have incredible views of the island’s landscapes, its small towns, old bridges or directly photographing local people Who travels on these trains. Traveling by train in Sri Lanka is an authentic adventure that gives us unforgettable images of our visit inside this wonderful island.
Upon arriving at Ella, we can go to rest at the hotel to prepare for the second part of our trip.
Today we will spend the whole day enjoying the surroundings of this small city surrounded by incredible mountains. We will get up early to visit the small mount of Adam, from which we can photograph the incredible landscapes that surround this city as well as divide one of our next stops: the Ravana waterfall.
When descending, we will stop at the most famous train bridge on the island: the bridge of the 9 arches. An old stone bridge where local trains still pass and we await the arrival of some of them from one of the viewpoints to capture one of the most typical images of the island. We will continue our way to photograph the Ravana waterfall, a series of 25-meter waterfalls where we can photograph it from different angles getting the different dimensions or photograph the locals who visit to cool off. We will also have the possibility of entering the magnificent cave of Ravana Ella, located near the waterfall.
In the afternoon, we will explore the historic tea plantations of the Lipton company, famous on the island as it is one of the first plantations that introduced this plant on the island and has now become one of the largest producers in the world. Recording their fields, we can photograph the local workers collecting their leaves and at sunset we will approach the Lipton seat, the place from where Thomas Lipton, founder of the company, observing their plantations and from where we will have spectacular views of these landscapes.
At the end, we will return to Ella for dinner and if the forces accompany walking through the city to take pictures of the nightlife and its most emblematic buildings.
We will get up early to continue our trip to the south of the island, where we will stop at the temple of Buduruwagala, a very special temple and that its name tells us what we will find Budu (Buddha), ruva (image), gala (stone) = Buduruwagala, that is to say an image of Buddha sculpted in stone. The temple is dated more than 1000 years old, and although the site is not large, its sculptures will surprise us and will serve as a rest on our route to our next destination: Yala National Park.
This National Park is the one with the largest number of Indian elephants and Ceylon leopards, so the possibilities of photographing the latter are almost guaranteed. In addition to these two spectacular species, we can photograph countless animals of all kinds: from crocodiles to wild boars, pelicans, the bezudo bear, turtles, cobras and vipers and countless waterfowl.
At the end of our sunset safari, we will rest at our hotel near the Yala reserve.
In the morning we will approach as early as possible again to the reserve of the Yala National Park, to continue contemplating its fauna for another area different from that of the previous day. The reserve is divided into three blocks due to the large size of the same, so today we will have the feeling of visiting another different reservation.
At noon we will arrive at the coastal area of Sri Lanka, we will leave behind its jungles and mountains to know its paradisiacal beaches where in addition to being able to take incredible photographs of its landscapes, we will have the possibility to capture the famous Stilt fishermen that gather in their coasts following the ancestral customs of this island. After 10 days of the route, we will appreciate being able to rest watching the sunset from one of the beaches that we will visit during the day until arriving at the hotel in Myrissa that will be our base for the next 2 nights, and that located at the foot of the beach will be a perfect place to photograph both sunset and sunrise without moving much.
We will get up early to approach the beach to photograph the sunrise from the amazing beach of Mirissa. Its beaches surrounded by jungle and its rocks will allow us to make dreamlike compositions in this paradise. At the end, we will have breakfast and get underway for a sea route in search of the blue whale, the largest animal in the world, and that we can photograph on our trip. In addition we will also have the possibility to capture other species such as dolphins or flying fish, so our boat trip will be an excellent time to enjoy the marine fauna that lives near the shores of Sri Lanka.
In the afternoon, and after having rested from our boat trip, we will return to the beach to look for new locations and return to photograph the Stilt fishermen, who will wait for the sunset like us to finish the day and return to our rooms.
In the morning we will have the opportunity to photograph another beautiful sunrise on the beach next to the fishermen, of which we will say goodbye after breakfast to start our trip to Galle. This city is full of history, since since 1500 it was colonized by Portuguese and it was also later passed by Dutch and English, so its architecture will remind us of ancient European cities that we can photograph throughout the morning while we walk and photograph by its Strong and its old town.
After eating we will approach a turtle hatchery, in a more than photographic visit where we can collaborate in the conservation of this species and see how the association takes care of the eggs and the baby turtles before releasing them to the sea, trying to preserve them from poaching and black egg market. In the afternoon we will approach Unawatuma beach where we will look for locations for our sunset session.
We will get up early to approach the lighthouse of Galle, from where we can photograph this beautiful lighthouse with the first lights of the day. After breakfast and regain strength, we will go to the last safari of our trip, this time by boat through the mangroves of the Madu River. We will visit its narrow mangroves where we will have the perfect opportunity to photograph crocodiles, wild boars or snakes from both water and land as well as cormorants and pelicans among other species. We will also arrive on our tour to an ancient Buddhist monastery on one of the islands that form in this river. This last safari will complete all the previous ones made, offering impressive photographs of the mangroves and their fauna.
In the afternoon we will head north to the beaches of Hikkaduwa and Bentota, where we will rest and relax before our last photo shoot at sunset on these paradisiacal beaches.
The end of the trip
On our last day of the trip, we will move to the Colombo airport, where we will end this incredible photographic trip to Sri Lanka.
The price for this fantastic 14 days (13 nights) long Sri Lanka Photo Tour is $3,100 per person, in a double shared room.
This price is calculated based on a minimum group of 6 participants.
Single room occupancy: $800, depending on availability.
To book your spot, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Viajes Fotográficos – Dream Photo Expeditions (hereinafter “Dream Photo Expeditions” or the agency).
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Price per person based on a minimum group number and for a double room (double – occupancy basis). Single room occupancy cost is $800 depending on availability.
Dream Photo Expeditions carefully designs each one of the routes that it is offering, adapting always to the travelers’ needs. However, due to each country particularities and conditions, it is possible that the routes could vary, changing the itineraries and the places to visit.
In this sense, it will be up to the photographer/s guide/s the decision of changing any of the programmed activities and shooting sessions for each day, depending on factors as weather or light conditions, or by their consideration or thoughts, being the tour hosts, always in search of the best possible experiences and moments of light for the customers of this trip.
Also, sometimes some of the activities and sessions can be cancelled, depending on weather conditions.
The program may also be changed in case of emergency, injury, illness, or robbery of any of the participants or main photographers, among other causes.
At the same time, both the photographers and ‘B the travel brand’ reserves the right of changing the photographer/s guide/s in case of strong reason, such as first grade relatives or own illness or hospitalization, severe health problems, accidents, etc. In those cases, the agency will bring another photographer able to guide the group in the same destination.
Our Photo Tours are trips carefully designed and planned to take our clients to a wonderful photo destination, always trying to take them to the greatest locations at the best possible moments. This is different from a Workshop, which has more of a learning component on it.
However, if any of our clients needs it, we will try to help them with the settings of their gear, as well as with any concept about photography, or giving them ideas for composition, etc. Also, if you are interested in receiving further instruction on photography, you can contact us asking for a quote.
Photography will always come number first during the trip. This means that, sometimes, we will be late for lunch or dinner, or even have to wait to the next meal.
We will usually be waking up early and staying out till late, and even have night photography sessions sometimes, depending on the trip and conditions. However, many of the days of the trip, we will also try to give free time so clients can rest, usually before of after lunch.
The traveler is responsible of having all the documentation for the trip. To visit Sri Lanka, citizens from any country need their Passport, with an expiration date longer than 6 months after the trip.
You will also need a valid Visa for Sri Lanka
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Always check the requirements with your country authorities before traveling to a foreign country.
Neither the travel company ‘B the travel brand’ nor the photographers hosting the trip have any responsibility about the travelers’ documentation or about their allowance or refusal entering the visited country.
This Sri Lanka Photo Tour includes basic assistance insurance. Those travelers who wish to, can get an advanced insurance for an additional cost. In this case, ‘Dream Photo Expeditions’ will inform and help the client to choose insurance with conditions and coverings adapted to the client and the travel purchased.
To join this trip, it is mandatory to have a travel insurance, just in case anything could happen. A travel insurance covering high medical expenses would help in case of any inconvenience.
‘Dream Photo Expeditions’ will give personal counseling and advice to travelers when purchasing their trip. Clients will be given a list with all that they need for the route, tips about how to prepare a medical kit for the travel, recommendations about the photography gear for the place and kind of photography, etc. Our staff will be delighted to solve any doubt that the clients could have when preparing the trip.
We are completely sure that this Sri Lanka Photo Tour will be an unforgettable experience for travelers, as well as an intensive photography experience. ‘B the travel brand’ considers it its responsibility, as the travel agent, to promote values such as respect (cultural, social and environmental). Those values will always prevail in all our trips. At the same time, ‘B the travel brand’ will always ensure that the impact of their trips is never negative for the country, their citizens or their wildlife.
Neither ‘Dream Photo Expeditions’ as the organizing company, nor the photographers hosting the tour, are responsible for any risk or decision taken by the clients during the trip. They are not also responsible for any incident or accident during the trip, and will have no responsibility at all in case of accident, illness or injuries.
As previously stated, in case of an accident or emergency, the itinerary or activities in Photo Tour may need to be changed or cancelled until the situation is solved.
The client declares that he or she accepts all the conditions on this trip at the time he or she makes a reservation payment for it.
At the moment of the purchase confirmation, the client will have to pay an initial payment of $800. The rest of the payment will be effective at maximum 20 days prior to the trip. The agency can resolve the contract and apply the established withdrawal rules before the departure if the client doesn’t make effective any of the expected payments in the deadline, as the terms previously seen. The features that make up the combined travel contract come from the information given to the client in the brochure or program, as well as from the indications regarding this information that could have been given when confirming the reservation.
In case the agency doesn’t complete the minimum needed group to confirm the trip, the client will recover the 100% of the initial payment.
However if the client doesn’t show or cancels the trip, the following cancellation policies will be applied:
– Until 61 days prior to the trip: $500
– From 60 to 30 days prior to the trip: $1,500
– 30 days prior to the trip: 100% of the trip cost (no refund at all).
Prices are based in the Exchange rates by January, 17th, 2019. The currency may be updated until 21 days prior to the departure, according to Spanish Travel Laws, applying a supplement/discount in case of change.
Once the reservation is done by the client, and the services and their prices are confirmed by the agency, these prices only could be revised until 20 calendar days prior to the departure dates, only in case there are variations in the transportation costs (including the fuel prices), in accommodations, in rates and taxes referring to certain services (such as landing, boarding in ports and airports), or in monetary exchange rates applied to the trip.
All our Photo Tours are organized by our official Travel Agency
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