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Images of Sri Lanka

Wonderful landscapes, rich fauna, vibrant markets, ancient cities and much more

2-week guided photography tour of the island of Sri Lanka

Our 2-week, Sri Lanka photography tour, guided by one of our experienced professional photographers, takes in the island’s highly varied landscapes from the popular western beaches to the lesser-visited eastern coastline by way of the mountains and plantations of the Hill Country and waterfalls and moors of the Horton Plains. There will also be ample opportunities to photograph the still abundant wildlife while cultural and historical subjects include the colourful street markets and colonial architecture of Colombo, the fascinating old port of Trincomalee and visits to no less than seven of Sri Lanka’s eight UNESCO listed destinations.

Cultural sites on the World Heritage list include the 2,000 year old capital Anuradhapura, the evocative carvings of medieval Polonarruwa, the cave temples at Dambulla, the walled Dutch and Moorish city of Galle, the mountain town of Kandy and of course dramatic, ancient Sigiriya perched atop its sheer-sided outcrop as well as the serene landscapes of the Central Highlands.

As usual on our All Points East photography tours the emphasis is as much on the contemporary culture – discovering the street-life, local markets and meeting the island’s eclectic population – with photographic advice and instruction focusing on both the ethics and aesthetics of travel photography.

The tour is suitable for anyone from beginners up to budding professionals. Keen amateurs will receive advice on how to get the most out of their cameras as well as how to interact with the locals for portraits and street photography while for the more experienced – we’ll do our best to ensure you’re in the right place at the right time. Note also that those with only a passing interest – or perhaps a photography-mad partner – will not be neglected!

An exciting introduction to Sri Lanka and a highly varied photography tour of this wonderful destination.

Sri Lanka

Itinerary

Here's an idea of what you can expect to do and see day-to-day.

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Day 1 - Negombo - arrival

Arrival in Colombo and transfer to a low-key but comfortable, beachside resort in nearby Negombo. Time at leisure before an introductory briefing from our photographer and an introduction to Sri Lankan cuisine with a local-style welcome dinner.

Photo themes: introductory talk, Indian Ocean sunset

Overnight: Negombo Transport: Walk,  Meals: D, 

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Day 2 - Colombo

Early start to catch all the action at the lively, local fish market before a short drive into Colombo for a tour of some of the sites including the bustling Pettah Bazaar and some of the colonial period architecture with an afternoon stroll along the popular Galle Face Green. In the evening a chance to try out some night photography at the town’s bustling night market.

Photo themes: local markets, street-life, architecture, night photography, portraits

Overnight: Negombo Transport: Minibus, Tuk Tuk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 3 - Anuradhapura - the 2,000 year old capital

Our first stop will be the UNESCO site and Anuradhapura – the photogenic early capital with its ancient stupas, pilgrims and troops of monkeys. From here we’ll continue across the island to Trincomalee on the northeast coast and our accommodation on the beach at nearby Nilaveli

Photo themes: historical sites, flora and fauna, street-life, temples

Overnight: Nilaveli Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 4 - Trincomalee - tour of the old port town

The colourful old town of Trincomalee with its largely Tamil population has a very different feel to it and we’ll check out the old Dutch fortifications as well as its Hindu temples, market and bustling street-life.

Photo themes: markets, portraits, architecture, street-life

Overnight: Nilaveli Transport: Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 5 - Polonnaruwa and jeep safari in Minneriya

On today’s programme are a morning exploring the evocative carvings and ancient ruins at World Heritage Polonnaruwa and an afternoon jeep safari through Miineriya National Park, renowned for its abundant wildlife and famous elephant gathering. Overnight at Sigiriya,

Photo themes: flora and fauna, architecture, historical sites, on the road scenes

Our jeep safari location may vary according to season

Overnight: Sigiriya Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 6 - Sigiriya, Dambulla, Kandy; photograph 3 UNESCO sites in 1 day

Early morning visit to awe-inspiring Sigiriya, a ruined 5th-century city perched atop a sheer-sided granite outcrop before moving on to nearby Dambulla, noted for both its spectacular cave temples and as the site of the country’s largest fresh market. In the afternoon we continue south to our day’s final destination and 3rd World Heritage site, Kandy.

Photo themes: markets, landscapes, historical sites

Overnight: Kandy Transport: Minibus, Tuk Tuk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 7 - Kandy

Morning tour of some of the sites of Kandy – picturesque, lakeside capital of the Hill Country – including the prestigious Temple of the Tooth as well as taking in some of its fine colonial period architecture. An afternoon at leisure offers the chance of a lakeside stroll or honing your portrait skills in the local market before an optional, evening, traditional dance show.

Photo themes: temples, colonial buildings, street-life, cultural show

Overnight: Kandy Transport: Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 8 - Hill Country - local train and tea plantations

Departure by local train into the scenic Hill Country where sites include tea plantations, pine forests and waterfalls. Opportunities for some tasting and a plantation visit before finishing our day in the old Britsh colonial town of Nuwara Eliya.

Photo themes: landscapes, plantations, train ride, colonial architecture

Overnight: Nuwara Eliya Transport: Minibus, Train,  Meals: B, 

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Day 9 - Horton Plains and on to Ella

Early departure for the spectacular Horton Plains to discover the national park’s flora, fauna and dramatic landscapes as the plains end abruptly in a sheer 1,000-metre drop to the lush jungle below.  Continue to the cute mountain town of Ella with the afternoon at leisure to explore the tiny town or kick back on a well-placed cafe terrace to practise your street-life shots.

Photo themes: flora and fauna, landscapes, street-life 

Overnight: Ella Transport: Train, Tuk Tuk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 10 - Kalametiya - on to the coast

Head to the scenic southern coast for a boat trip through the marshlands and mangrove swamps of Kalametiya Sanctuary. Plenty of landscape as well as flora and fauna opportunities with additional stops at bays and villages to grab some of those white sands and fishing boat images. Overnight in Mirissa with an optional sunset trip to see the iconic and unique stilt fishermen.

Photo themes: flora and fauna, landscapes, coastal scenes, fishing boats and fishermen

Overnight: Mirissa Transport: Minibus, Tuk Tuk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 11 - Galle - the UNESCO-listed walled town

Depending upon the weather an alternative sunrise option to see the famous stilt fishermen can be arranged before a departure west along the coast to the old fortified town, now World Heritage, Galle. Walking tour of the picturesque site with its Dutch fortifications and the narrow lanes of the old Moorish Quarter.

Photo themes: fishing boats and fishermen, architecture, historical sites

Overnight: Galle Meals: B, 

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Day 12 - Galle - return to Negombo

Free morning to explore the charming site at your leisure with an afternoon return drive to Negombo. Debriefing with perhaps some post-production and editing advice from our photographer before a local-style farewell dinner.

Photo themes: landscapes, street life, editing, post-production

Overnight: Negombo Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, D, 

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Day 13 - Departure

Morning at leisure with perhaps a last chance to hone your street photography skills at the local market and departure at your convenience for Colombo International Airport.

Extra nights before or after tour are available on request

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Sri Lanka tour, the 'Cloud Maidens'

Just a few of the many highlights

  • Hands-on photographic assistance and advice from our experienced, professional travel photographer
  • Visit no less than seven of Sri Lanka's stunning UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • From the ruined cities of the 'Cultural Triangle through the lush hills and plantations of the Hill Country to the picturesque south coast
  • National park visits taking in fabulous landscapes and abundant flora and fauna - on foot, by jeep and by boat
  • Discover the historic towns of Kandy, Galle, Nuwara Eliya and rarely-visited Trincomalee
  • Comfortable accommodation, experienced local guides and of course plenty of sumptuous local cuisine and the famous Sri Lankan curries!

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*Air departures are from the UK. Land departures start from

*Land departure dates correspond to the FIRST day of the itinerary.

We choose our hotels based on a combination of location, comfort and convenience. Here is a *selection of the types of hotel/rooms you can expect to stay at on this tour...

Pigeon Island Resort, Nilaveli view

  • A cosy and comfortable, low-key beachside resort in Nilaveli
  • Situated just north of the old port of Trincomalee
  • Options include snorkelling, fishing and whale watching

The Lakeside, Nuwarawewa view

  • Friendly, low-key resort style accommodation
  • Our hopping off pint for UNESCO Anuradhapura
  • Lawn, pool and pleasant terrace area

Giritale Hotel, Polonnaruwa view

  • Secluded resort on a forested hillside overlooking a lake
  • Well located for Polonnaruwa plus Minneriya NP
  • Great spot for sundowners and fine curries

Hotel Suisse, Kandy view

  • A restored, former British governor’s residence
  • Wonderful, central, lake-side location in Kandy
  • Pool, garden, spa, bar and restaurant

*This list should be considered a guide only, hotels/rooms may change (without notice) depending on availability.

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