• Sri Lanka Photo Tour

    16 Days/ 15 Nights
    Negombo- Galle –Koggla- Udawalawe- Yala- Nuwara Eliya-
    Kandy- Sigiriya-Polonnaruwa-Minneriya- Dambulla- Pinnawala/ Rambukkana -Negombo

  • Sri Lanka = “Paradise Island” … And there are many good reasons for such a label. Join three fine art photographers to experience the outstanding diversity of the island. Oliver Klink,Stilt Fishermen- Sri Lanka PhototourHarsh and Arti Agarwal will take you to the iconic places of Sri Lanka, the more remote ones, and the exclusive ones rarely visited by tourists. Harsh and Arti find the Island so compelling that they are planning to retire there. The journey will be a combination of culture, landscape and wildlife.

    With eight designated World Heritage Sites, Sri Lanka photo tour offers a wealth of culture, temples, bazaars, caves, tea plantations. We will guide you to these sites at the right time of the day to create magical images. You will meet people we have befriended over the years, who will share their pride of their culture and heritage.

    Intermixed with the culture, we will spend time in their National Parks to photograph wildlife. One of their National Parks, Yala, is well known for having the highest concentration of leopards in the world, boasting a total of 35 cats. This number may seem small, but remember these cats are an endangered species. Out of the 215 species of birds that call Yala home, six are endemic to Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill, Sri Lanka Junglefowl, Sri Lanka Wood-pigeon, Crimson-fronted Barbet, Black-capped Bulbul, and Brown-capped Babbler. The herd of elephants in the park numbers anywhere from 300-350 individuals. There are 44 species of mammals, several of them both endemic & endangered: Sri Lankan Sloth Bear, Sri Lankan Leopard, Sri Lankan Elephant, and wild water buffalo. Furthermore, there are 46 species of reptiles, five of them endemic to Sri Lanka. These incredibly unique species can be seen nowhere else. We will travel in 4×4 with just three people per jeep, so you have access to both side of the vehicle to photograph.

    The highland and coastal landscapes are spectacular to photograph. At the right time of the day, you can have beam of lights over terraced tea plantation, sunset shining on the famous fishermen on stilts, soft light on the local workers at the fish market. The creative options are endless.

    We will also visit an exclusive racetrack, where your skills at photographing galloping racing horses will be put to the test. And you will also spend quality time with the Asian elephants at a rescue center. This experience will mesmerize you. For people that want to go even a step further with the elephants, we are planning an extension to creatively photograph elephants with humans. You will gain exclusive access, but we have very limited seats. So don’t delay your registration for the extension!

    This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity, so that you go home with images to be proud of and stories that will resonate with our peers. Remember, you will be on “Paradise Island”. We are looking forward to hosting you in Sri Lanka.

    Oliver, Harsh, Arti.

    Elephants Private Photoshoots (December 13 – 16, 2019)

    • 2 Dec – Arrival at Colombo Airport. Drive to Negombo (13 kms/ 30 min)

      • Pickup from Colombo Airport and drive to Negombo. On arrival, check-in Hotel
      • Day at leisure. Negombo is a coastal town. You can enjoy beach or pool at Hotel.
      • Meet the group at Dinner. A brief idea about tour. Overnight in Hotel.

    • 3 Dec – Negombo- Galle (197 kms/ 4.5 hrs)

      • Sunrise visit to Negombo lagoon and Fish Market. Explore the fishing village and commercial hub of fish drying. This gives you a nice insight into the daily working of the market and the dry fish industry.
      • Return to Hotel for breakfast. After check-out, drive to Galle.
      • On the way, visit Ambalanagoda Mask factory and Museum. Mask making is a popular tradition in Sri Lanka.
      • Drive to Koggla beach to shoot stilt fishermen. Stilt fishing is a method of fishing unique to the island country of Sri Lanka, known as “the Pearl of the Indian Ocean”. Sunset is the best time to capture the photos.
      • Drive back to Galle. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

    • 4 Dec – Explore Galle

      • Sunrise visit to small fishing village. Traditional catamaran boats are used by fishermen in Sri Lanka. Meet with a local fisherman and learn about their craft, and how their lives have changed after the tsunami.
      • Return to Hotel for breakfast. After breakfast visit the Old Dutch Fort and also the Galle International Cricket Stadium. Nowadays, the old beautiful buildings are transformed into trendy shops, cafes, and restaurants.  You can spend your day in exploring Galle Fort or return to Hotel to relax.
      • Afternoon drive again to Koggla beach to enjoy sunset with Stilt fishermen.
      • Drive back to Galle. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

    • 5 Dec – Galle- Udawalawe (130 kms/ 3.5 hrs) – Yala (85 kms/ 2 hrs)

      • After breakfast, drive to Udawalawe Transit Home. Baby elephants that are injured or orphaned in the wild are brought to the Transit Home where they are cared for a rehabilitated in a natural setting. Once the elephants are old enough and strong enough they are radio collared and released in to the National Park in small groups. You will visit the Elephant Transit Home at feeding time and see the elephants from a viewing deck approximately 10m away; a great chance to learn more about Sri Lanka’s national animal.
      • After lunch, drive to Yala. Check-in at Hotel.
      • A brief meet followed by early dinner.
      • Overnight in Hotel.

    • 6 Dec – Explore Yala

      • Start early for the safari game in Yala National Park . Encompassing a variety of diverse ecosystems, the park has an impressive array of wildlife, including sloth bears and lots of birds.
      • Get the binoculars out and your gadgets to search for the leopards that lounge in trees or stalk through the brush, crocodiles that patrol the river or wild elephants that graze across the savannah.
      • Packed breakfast at the Yala beach. After safari, drive back to Hotel.
      • Lunch and relax.
      • Evening visit to Kataragama Temple, an important religious site for Hindus and Buddhists.
      • Early dinner and overnight in Hotel.

    • 7 Dec – Yala- Nuwara Eliya (170 kms/ 5.5 hrs)

      • Start early for the safari game in Yala National Park. Packed breakfast at the Yala beach. After safari, drive back to Hotel.
      • Check-out and drive to Nuwara Eliya.
      • Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

    • 8 Dec – Explore Nuwara Eliya

      • Sunrise visit to Nuwara Eliya Race Course.
      • Back to Hotel. Breakfast.
      • Tea plantation Tour.
      • City Tour and Visit Sita Amman Temple
      • Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

    • 9 Dec – Nuwara Eliya- Hatton (Train) – Kandy (71 kms/ 2.5 hrs) 

      • After breakfast, drive to Nanu oya railway station.
      • Board train to enjoy the 1 hr long scenic ride. On arrival, drive to Kandy.
      • In Kandy, check-in at Hotel.
      • In evening, a private session in Kandy Club to photograph the dancers. Later enjoy cultural dance show and fire walking performance. (Low light photography practice)
      • Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

    • Day 9(10 Dec) – Nuwara Eliya- Sigiriya (90 kms/ 3 hrs) 

      • Early morning visit to Temple of Tooth Relic in Kandy. Observe locals worshiping in Temple, one of Sri Lanka’s most sacred shrines that house a tooth relic of the Lord Buddha.
      • After breakfast, visit Asigiriya Monastery.
      • Later drive to Sigiriya. On arrival, village visit in Habarana.
      • Dinner in Hotel.
      • Overnight in Hotel.

    • 11 Dec –Explore Sigiriya

      • Sunrise photography opportunity at Sigiriya Rock Fort view point with Elephant.
      • After Breakfast visit to Sigiriya. You can climb to the summit of Sigiriya’s famous Lion Rock using a series of steps and walkways which zig-zag their way up the seemingly impenetrable rock cliffs. The site was occupied long before the citadel was built at the end of the 5th century, and it later became a monastery before falling into disrepair.
      • Later visit Polonnaruwa which became Sri Lanka’s royal medieval capital in 1073 and remained Sri Lanka’s capital until the late 13C. The ancient city’s ruins remain in remarkably good nick, and are a fascinating site to visit. The most impressive are the ancient sculptures of Lord Buddha at the Gal Vihara cut into Granite stone dating back to the middle of the 12th century
      • After lunch, go for the safari game in Minneriya National park. The park is a feeding ground for Elephants that dwell in the nearby forests and our expert park ranger will be able to help us spot some of these graceful creatures. The park is also an important habitat for a huge range of large water birds such as storks and pelicans.
      • Back to Hotel.
      • Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

    • Day 11(12 Dec) – Sigiriya- Pinnawala/ Rambukkana (95 kms/ 3 hrs)

      • After breakfast, drive to Dambulla.
      • Explore the amazing Dambulla Cave Temples which are located high on a stone cliff face. Some 150 Buddha images adorn the five caves, with fascinating frescoes and paintings on the walls and roofs.
      • Continue drive to Pinnawala. Check-in at Hotel.
      • Visit Millennium Elephant Foundation. It’s a family run non-government organization (NGO) which is dedicated to improving the welfare of domestic elephants throughout Sri Lanka. Experience Elephant walk followed by bathing and feeding of Elephant. Dinner with the caretaker of the foundation.
      • Overnight in Hotel.

    • 13 Dec – Elephant workshop Day 1

      • Sunrise shoot. Back to Hotel. Breakfast. Evening shoot from Hotel
      • Overnight in Hotel.

    • 14 Dec – Elephant workshop Day 2

      • Sunrise shoot. Back to Hotel. Breakfast.
      • Overnight in Hotel.

    • 15 Dec – Elephant workshop Day 3

      • Sunrise shoot. Back to Hotel. Breakfast. Evening shoot from Hotel
      • Overnight in Hotel.

    • 16 Dec – Elephant workshop Day 4. Pinnawala – Colombo International airport (85 kms/ 2.5 hrs)

    © Indian Maharaja Tours

    All the Photos are clicked by our Co- Founder  Harsh Agarwal our Photography Partner Mr. Oliver Klink

    All rights reserved worldwide. This image may not be reproduced or used in any manner whatsoever without a prior written permission from the copyright holder.

    City Hotel (Deluxe)
    Negombo Jetwing Blue
    Galle Amarie Galle
    Yala Jetwing Yala
    Nuwara Eliya Araliya  City
    Sigiriya The Sigiriya
    Pinnawala Elephant Bay

    Inclusion-

    • 14 nights’ accommodation sharing twin rooms at hotels mentioned in the itinerary
    • All meals included.
    • Tour as per itinerary in an air –conditioned mini coach accompanied by an English-speaking National guide
    • Entrance fees to all sites visited on the itinerary.
    • Entrance and Jeep hire for 2 half day safari at Yala National Park.
    • Entrance and Jeep hire for 1 half day safari at Minneriya National Park.
    • Unlimited packaged drinking water in coach.

    Exclusions-

    • Any airport taxes, visa fees and travel insurance.
    • Any new tax imposed by the Government.
    • Optional excursions and anything not mentioned in ‘Price includes’ section
    • Any expenditure of personal nature such as tips, drinks, telephone charges, laundry etc.
    • Tips to Drivers, Guides, Porters and waiters.
    • Any other services not mentioned.

    What to Bring

    Upon signing up for the workshop, you’ll receive a detailed coursebook describing what to bring, recommended camera gears, booking your flight, extra activities pre or post workshop.

    Clothing: (temperature ranges from 50 – 90F)
    – Comfortable and warm layered clothes (neutral color recommended)
    – Sandals, hiking shoes
    – Hat, sunglasses, and sun screen
    – Rain gears/windbreaker
    – Knee pads for low angle shooting

    Camera Equipment:
    – Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
    – Landscape and culture: 16 – 200mm
    – Telephoto lens for wildlife shoot: 200-400mm
    – Tripod (optional but recommended for Sunrise and Sunset shoots)

    Other Equipment (Optional):
    – Small notepad (notes, observations, …)
    – Laptop (with power cord), memory card downloader
    – Post processing software (Lightroom, Photoshop, plug-ins)
    – External hard drives (backup)

    What to Bring

    Upon signing up for the workshop, you’ll receive a detailed coursebook describing what to bring, recommended camera gears, booking your flight, extra activities pre or post workshop.

    Clothing: (temperature ranges from 50 – 90F)
    – Comfortable and warm layered clothes (neutral color recommended)
    – Sandals, hiking shoes
    – Hat, sunglasses, and sun screen
    – Rain gears/windbreaker
    – Knee pads for low angle shooting

    Camera Equipment:
    – Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
    – Landscape and culture: 16 – 200mm
    – Telephoto lens for wildlife shoot: 200-400mm
    – Tripod (optional but recommended for Sunrise and Sunset shoots)

    Other Equipment (Optional):
    – Small notepad (notes, observations, …)
    – Laptop (with power cord), memory card downloader
    – Post processing software (Lightroom, Photoshop, plug-ins)
    – External hard drives (backup)

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