Sri Lanka Photography Trip (for Beginners)

Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka Photography Trip (for Beginners)

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“I have always been interested in art and history, as a travel photographer, gives me a perfect blend of these two passions. I have traveled to forty six countries and still counting. Shooting for events and commercial product launches in the last couple of years has also provided the opportunity to tell compelling stories about the world of photography. I prefer to work with natural light for my travel photography, and I am interested in representing the natural world in abstract, rather than figurative ways. I love traveling and travel photography is still my forte over event and commercial product shoot. My other main passion is cycling, I am still an obsessive cyclist and am constantly tracking with Strava.”

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Highlights

To Ramboda, the most beautiful tea gardens in the world.

Day 1 - Arrival at Bandaranayke International airport.

Day 2 - Negombo Fishing Village

Day 3 - Safari by 4x4 in Wilpattu National Park

Day 4 - In Sigiriya and visit to the rock fortress with its sunset, a heritage s

Day 5 - Visit of the rock caved golden temple of Dambulla

Itinerary

Day 01 Airport / Negombo - (10km / 20 minutes)

Arrival at Bandaranayke International airport.
Assistance at the airport and transfer to Negombo which is a city on the west coast of Sri Lanka, north of the capital, Colombo. Near the waterfront, the remains of the 17th-century Dutch Fort now house a prison. Negombo Lagoon, lined with fishermen’s huts, feeds into the Dutch-era Hamilton Canal. The canal leads south to Colombo.
Check in to the hotel.
Lunch.
Afternoon leisure.
A boat ride in The Dutch Canal which is starting from Hendela to Pamunugama was constructed by the Portuguese in the 17th century.
It was used for the purpose of a supply route in the times of the Dutch administration. The canal is still being used. It runs across the town and is hundred kilometers long. It is used to serve as a supply to the Dutch administration along with the Old Churches and fishing villages during the Dutch rule.
It was constructed by the Dutch people from Colombo in the south to Puttalam in the north. The Dutch Canal, Negombo flows across Negombo. From the main street or the sea street one can find The Dutch Canal,
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.


Day 02 Negombo
In the morning an excursion to the Negombo fishing village to witness the activities in the Sri Lanka’s largest fish market, not later than 7 o'clock in the morning when you can see a huge number of different species and sizes of fish and seafood offered for sale. And the Marina to the old market in the morning comes a huge number of fishing boats to unload their catch.
Return to the hotel and breakfast.
In the morning leisure on the beach.
Lunch.
In the afternoon visit to a tile factory for a photo shoot, located about 10km from the famed tourism hub Negombo in North Western Province, Dankotuwa is a small village featuring towering brick chimneys facing the sparkling tropical blue sky and wayside shops filled with alluring pottery ware, welcoming you to a world of clay-based products. The historical significance of Dankotuwa, as the idyllic village of pottery-ware and pottery-craftsmen dates back to the glorious days of the ancient Ceylon kingdom prior to the European invasions and colonization.
Return to the hotel.
Dinner.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03 Negombo / Anuradhapura - (196km / 3h 30)

Early breakfast around 06h 30
Leave for Anuradhapura.
En-route some technical stops for photo shootings etc.
Arrive in Anuradhapura and check in to the hotel.
Afternoon safari by 4x4 in Wilpattu to see the leopards, Spend half a day at the largest and one of the oldest National Parks in Sri Lanka - Wilpattu which is among the top national parks and world-renowned for its leopard population. The sanctuary lies inland from the coast and is entirely within Northern Province. A safari in Wilpattu is very different from any of the other major national parks.
The unique feature of this park is the existence of “Willus” (Natural lakes) - Natural, which gives Wilpattu a wonderful, and genuine, wilderness feeling. Here you can also find huge swathes of dense, dry country woodland, masses of birds and, with a little luck, an impressive array of wildlife including leopards, sloth bears, spotted deer, wild pigs, and crocodiles.
Return to the Hotel
Overnight at the hotel

Day 04 Anuradhapura / Sigiriya - (73m / 1h 40)

Breakfast at Hotel.
Visit of the main three sites in Anuradhapura, Sri Maha Boodhi, Ruwanweliseeya and Isurumuniya, Anuradhapura is a major city in Sri Lanka. It is the capital city of North Central Province, Sri Lanka and the capital of Anuradhapura District. Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization.
Then proceed for Sigiriya.
Arrive in Sigiriya and visit to the rock fortress with its sunset, a heritage site categorized under the UNESCO, rising dramatically from the central plains, the enigmatic rocky outcrop of Sigiriya is perhaps Sri Lanka's single most dramatic sight. Near-vertical walls soar to a flat-topped summit that contains the ruins of an ancient civilization, thought to be once the epicenter of the short-lived kingdom of Kasyapa, and there are spellbinding vistas across mist-wrapped forests in the early morning.
Around 19h 30 check in at the hotel.
Dinner.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 05 Sigiriya / Dambulla / Matale / Kandy – (96km / 3h 00)

Breakfast.
Visit of the rock caved golden temple of Dambulla which is rich in ancient paintings and statues, Dambulla Cave Temple is the largest temple complex in Sri Lanka and dates back to the 1st century BC when King Walagamba took refuge in this giant rocky outcrop in central Sri Lanka. He had magnificent temples carved out from the caves here, some 150 meters above the surrounding plains. Today, the caves are recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The hike up to the cave temples is via a gentle slope and there are some superb views when you reach the top, with the Sigiriya Rock Fortress visible in the distance. It is thought that there are more than 80 caves in the area, but there are five main ones that attract the most attention. These contain various images of the Buddha, including reclining Buddha’s and statues situated under Makara Thoranas (arches decorated with dragons). There are also plenty of paintings depicting the life of the Buddha, most of which are from the 19th century.
Then proceed towards Matale.
Visit a tropical spice and herbal garden and typical lunch will be served in a paddy field close by, enjoy the Sri Lanka’s world renowned spices at their source. Visit a spice garden, where smells of cinnamons, pepper, cardamom, nutmeg and mace overwhelm the senses and the visitors are provided an insight into an age old industry of spice production, which attracted many a European and Asian merchants to the ports of ancient Sri Lanka.
Around 17h 00 arrive in Kandy and check in to the hotel.
By 18h 00, visit the temple of tooth relic of lord Buddha of Kandy which is supposed to be the most venerable for Buddhists, Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha.
Return to the hotel.
Dinner and overnight.

Day 06 Kandy / Ramboda (Tea plantations) / Kandy – 110km (3h 00)

Breakfast.
Then proceed to Ramboda, the most beautiful tea gardens in the world. Then visit of its plantations and a factory to see the process. The tea production of Sri Lanka, formerly called Ceylon, is one of the main income sources of the country. It is the fourth largest producer of tea in the world, and the second largest exporter. Around 20% of the teas sold around the world come from Sri Lanka.
Lunch in a restaurant of the plantation.
Return to Kandy
Then you will take part in a very special event to meet an experienced Kandyan dancer in order to witness and discuss the traditional methods of unique upcountry dancing only confined to Royal Kandyan era of 600 years back in the history.
Around 17h 00 you will proceed to the place where these dancers perform a complete collection of different Kandyan dances.
Return to the hotel.
Dinner and overnight.

Day 07 Kandy / Airport - 114km (3h 30)

Breakfast
In the morning visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, As Sri Lanka’s largest garden an elegant and spacious 147-acres (60-hectares) plenty of time is needed to stroll Peradeniya’s imposing Avenue of Royal Palms. There are some 4,000 different species of plants at Peradeniya Gardens. The 10,000 or so trees, which are the stars, are mature, lofty giants, many of them tropical timber trees. Highlights of the collection include the Giant Bamboo of Burma, capable of growing to 40 meters height (130 feet) with a 25-centimetre (10-inch) stem diameter. And it can grow by a rapid 30 centimeters a day (12 inches).
Absolutely sensational is the century old giant Java fig tree, its tentacle like roots spread across the enormous area of about 1,800 square meters (19,375 square feet) a massive central trunk beneath the tree’s vast canopy ‘umbrella’. The Cannonball tree is also intriguing, with its cannonball-like fruit hanging off the trunk and large open, waxy pink-white flowers. So is the Double Coconut Palm, one of 200 types of palms displayed at Peradeniya – originating from the Seychelles, this tree produces the largest seed known. Its fruits take five years to mature. The gardens showcase all of Sri Lanka’s flora and representative species from around the tropical world. Luminaries as varied as Queen Elizabeth II, Marshal Tito and Yuri Gagarin have planted trees to mark their visits to the garden.
Lunch.
You will be proceeding to the airport according to your flight schedule.