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SRI LANKA

Colombo, Galle, Ella, Nuwara Eliya, Kandy and Sigiriya

Sri Lanka – the Pearl of the Indian Ocean

Sri Lanka is an island paradise with a few thousand years of cross-cultural percolation. English sailors, Dutch traders, and Portuguese spice merchants – they’ve all called Sri Lanka home. And they left behind a colonial legacy that makes this tea-scented spice island a historical goldmine. One minute you’re climbing a 1500 year-old Kashyapa temple, the next you’re checking out a colonial church in Colombo, chatting with Tamil fisherman or sipping a Ceylon brew from tribes people in the misty highlands of Kandy. 

Set in the Indian Ocean in South Asia, the tropical island nation of Sri Lanka has a history dating back to the birth of time. It is a place where the original soul of Buddhism still flourishes and where nature’s beauty remains abundant and unspoiled. Few places in the world can offer the traveler such a remarkable combination of stunning landscapes, captivating cultural heritage and unique experiences within such a compact location. This is an island of magical proportions, once also known as Serendib, Taprobane, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, and Ceylon.

We begin and end in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. We’ll travel south to Galle, and photograph stilt fishermen on the beach. Enjoy and photograph the magical village of Ella and the train ride to Nuwara Eliya. Tea plantations and the famous Demodara 9 Arches Bridge. We’ll photograph the Sri Lanka “Veddas” indigenous tribal communities and their unique culture, and the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. All while staying in stunning hotel properties that are bound to captivate your soul.

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 not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. We cannot think of a better country to express your creativity than Sri Lanka.

Set in the Indian Ocean in South Asia, the tropical island nation of Sri Lanka has a history dating back to the birth of time. It is a place where the original soul of Buddhism still flourishes and where nature’s beauty remains abundant and unspoiled. Few places in the world can offer the traveler such a remarkable combination of stunning landscapes, captivating cultural heritage and unique experiences within such a compact location. This is an island of magical proportions, once also known as Serendib, Taprobane, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, and Ceylon.

We begin and end in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. We’ll travel south to Galle, and photograph stilt fishermen on the beach. Enjoy and photograph the magical village of Ella and the train ride to Nuwara Eliya. Tea plantations and the famous Demodara 9 Arches Bridge. We’ll photograph the Sri Lanka “Veddas” indigenous tribal communities and their unique culture, and the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. All while staying in stunning hotel properties that are bound to captivate your soul.

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 not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. We cannot think of a better country to express your creativity than Sri Lanka.

Group Size

4 – 8 Guests

Experience | Difficulty

  • Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers
  • DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras
  • Moderate schedule
  • Travel by private air-conditioned car, train and minivan
  • Minimal elevation changes and lots of walking
  • (non-photographers also welcome)

Weather | Sun

February / March – Temps 87/76 F  30/24 C  Sunrise 6:26 | Sunset 6:22 (18:22) – Low Rain

Includes

  • Travel, street, people, landscape, nature and architecture photography
  • Professional photographer | guide
  • Photo walks & discussions
  • Small group size (4 – 8 guests)
  • 5-star luxury hotels
  • Breakfasts
  • 8 meals
  • Airport transfers
  • All entrance fees & permits
  • Sri Lanka train ride
  • Local transportation

Travel Information

Arrival & Departure Airport: Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo, Sri Lanka (CMB) – Transfer time to hotel 50min
Our adventure begins at 11 AM on the first day and ends at noon on the last day.
Travel Visa: A visa may be required depending on your nationality. Go to Visa Map to find out.

Accommodations

Colombo – UGA Residence or similar >> (see our blog post about this hotel)
Galle – The Fortress Resort & Spa or similar
Ella – 98 Acres Resort and Spa or similar
Nuwara-Eliya – Jetwing St. Andrew’s or similar
Sigiriya – Hotel Kandalama or similar

Helpful Links

Residence by UGA Escapes – by Michael Chinnici
> Sri Lanka – Asia’s Hidden Gem – by Michael Chinnici



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SRI LANKA | FEBRUARY 9-20, 2021 From: $10,795 Register
Photographer Leader

Photographer Leader

Sebinster Francis

March 15 – 26, 2020
February 9 – 20, 2021

*All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience, we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in boutique hotels in the 4-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels which offer cultural, historic and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. Breakfast is included only if included in our room rates.

ITINERARY

SRI LANKA 12 DAYS

Day 1 | Colombo - Usavi Watta

We begin by meeting in the lobby of our amazing hotel in Colombo, where we will have our group introductions and discuss the days ahead. At lunch we will discuss our individual photographic styles, preferred subjects, techniques and level of experience. We will also talk about what to expect over the coming days, and how to achieve our photographic goals.

Located on the west coast of the beautiful island nation, Colombo is the lively commercial hub of the country. The city occupies a superb position on the East-West sea trade route, and therefore is home to the country’s largest and main port. Colombo’s port itself has a unique and remarkable history. In 1815 Colombo became Sri Lanka’s capital city under the rule of the British Empire and it remained so until Sri Lanka gained independence in 1948. Colombo, with its rich colonial heritage, is a potpourri of races, religions and cultures. Colombo displays the best and worst the country has to offer. The city is a contrast itself, with mansions, lush gardens, fine dining options, shopping malls packed with expensive designer brands standing next to urban slums, diesel fumed congested roads and street markets.

With that said, we will spend the afternoon exploring one of Colombo’s slums. We’ll waste no time exposing you to the poverty. But don’t worry, we’ll be safe, together with our local guide and fixer who knows the neighborhood very well. It is believed that half of Colombo’s residents dwell in illegal settlements or in houses designated as unsuitable for human dwelling. We’ll be interacting with locals, photographing environmental portraits, and documenting peoples’ lives. After what’s sure to be an emotional day, we’ll return to our hotel before heading out for a “Welcome Dinner” at one of our favorite Sri Lankan restaurants. (D)

Day 2 | Colombo - Pettah Market - Gangaramaya Temple

We begin early by wandering through the streets of one of Colombo’s busiest places, the Pettah Market. It’s a marriage of multiple shops with knick knacks, bazaar style pedestrian stalls, barrow boys, branded outlets and a number of dramatic and awe-inspiring religious monuments. The gridlocked streets of Pettah area is soaring and unique, and best experienced on foot. Each vibrant street is devoted to a different trade and presents a highly entertaining blend of sensory delights. It is common to see female shoppers take wedding saris off displays and scrutinize them carefully or drape Indian saris with designs, embroidery and rich textures around them. Modern consumers are as active as a hive of bees here, sifting through arrays of fabric and clothes, looking for the perfect purchase. Other traders offer bags – from school bags to handbags to travel bags, caps, baby products, stationery, gift items and much more.

Afterwards, transfer to one of the biggest Buddhist temples in Colombo. Once you enter the temple buildings you completely forget that you are in a busy city. In the evening, sitting under the Bodhi tree where monks chant and pray, tranquility descends around you. It is definitely not a site to be missed on your visit to Colombo.Situated near Beira Lake, in the heart of Colombo, the temple was established in 1885 by Venerable Sri Sumangala Nayaka Thera. It gradually grew into the complex it is today, which includes the Vihara (monastery), Cetiya (pagoda), Vihara Mandiraya (Image House, which is full of colorful Buddha statues), Seema Malaka, the Bodhi Tree, the Relic Chamber, as well as a library and a museum. At the far end of the courtyard are rows of elevating steps on which Buddha statues of the Thai style have been sequentially placed to greet the skyline.

In the evening session, not fat away, slums of Colombo will be portrayed. Hundreds of shanty towns line the riverbanks, train tracks, and garbage dumps in the Colombo capital — the most jammed-packed areas in one of the Sri Lanka’s most densely populated cities. Around a quarter of its 200,000 people are considered “informal settlers.”

Colombo is starkly representative of a global problem. According to the United Nations, about a quarter of the world’s urban population lives in slums—and this figure is rising fast. Rich cultural heritage brings visitors to Colombo untouched areas of slums, but some feel compelled to leave the safety of the historic center sites to get a glimpse of the city’s inequality. The people are of slums smart, friendly and most of all unimaginably hospitable. They are open for talks, invite you and love selfies. Private sphere and the right on one’s own picture don’t bother anyone. (B)

Day 3 | Colombo - Ambalangoda - Galle

We depart Colombo and head to Galle.

As we drive down south, we will start to observe authentic old Ceylon traditions. Located in the southern province of Sri Lanka lies Ambalangoda, a region that is synonymous with traditional Sri Lankan masks and devil dancers. Colorful and vibrant, these traditional masks that are handcrafted and painted are much more than mere embellishments as they reflect a fascinating dimension of authentic Sri Lankan culture.

As those delving into the sensational world of masks and their accompanying rituals would discover, there are three distinct kinds of masks and rituals that stem from the region. Kolam masks are used in satirical plays of the Colonial Era, Raksha masks are utilized in processions and festivals and Sanni masks are worn during traditional devil dances performed to exorcise demons. We’ll spend the day exploring Ambalangoda, and its artisans who make the ubiquitous “devil masks” – used in devil dances, which drive out spirits causing illness. These dances still occur regularly in the hinterland villages. In the afternoon we return to Galle. (B)

Day 4 | Galle Exploration - Stilt Fishermen

Galle is endlessly exotic, bursting with the scent of spices and salty winds, and yet also, with its wonderful collection of Dutch-colonial buildings, a town of great beauty. Classic architecture melds with a dramatic tropical setting to create a reality that is endlessly interesting. Above all else, Galle is a city of trade and, increasingly, art. Today the historic fort area is crammed full of little boutique shops, cafes and hotels owned by local and foreign artists, writers, photographers, designers and poets. Built by the Dutch, beginning in 1663, the 36-hectare Galle Fort occupies most of a promontory that’s surrounded on three sides by the ocean. Just wandering the old walls and streets at random yields one architectural surprise after another as you explore the amazing collection of structures dating back through the centuries. Its glories have earned the Fort status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Thereafter visit of Beeralu Lace Making, which is also something inherited from Portuguese and it is still being carried out by very handful of women in the fort. Every weekday morning at the Sipnara Handicrafts centre, a small group of women – both young and old – gather in front of individual beeralu kotte (lace pillows). They’re here to learn the process of weaving this type of lace under the supervision of masters of Beeralu art. You also have the opportunity to participate in this act under their watchful eyes. The art is dying and taking a glimpse of that is a must before you leave the fort.

Before dinner we will photograph the stilt fishermen during sunset, including local vendors, people and fishermen on the beach. (B

Day 5 | Galle - Ella

Today we begin with an early morning drive to Ella from Galle, where you will witness the beauty of Ella. The small town of Ella rests in the middle of the beautiful green fields of tea. A tiny, picturesque village in the highlands of the country, it is a place for those seeking an offbeat experience. Ella is where life hits the slow button, where you pause and are able to notice floating clouds, the rustling that arises from the nearby forests, steam rising off a slowly-chugging train, and all the colors that a butterfly brings. Most travelers fall in love with its surroundings, which seduce them into staying longer than they planned.

Needless to say, the photography opportunities at Ella are quite enchanting. We’ll have the chance to shoot incredible landscapes, carpeted tea plantations, mountain ranges, plus railway life and very friendly local people. Additionally, you will get an opportunity to walk through tea plantations and take shots of “Tea Leaf Plucker Ladies” and plantation workers as they go about their daily workday. Tea plantations also offer panoramic views of the surrounding hill country, which is excellent for taking landscapes. The surrounding countryside is nature’s paradise. Thick-canopied jungles, waterfalls and infinite horizons and more!

The highlight of our photo adventure to Ella may very well be shooting the famous Demodara 9 Arches Bridge. It is just a 35-minute walk from the Ella train station. The bridge was built without any steel bars and is a true engineering feat as well as being a spectacular structure. We will be photographing the bridge from unique angles. The Ella Train Station also promises to be an interesting place to shoot a “typical train station”, where time has stood still. If we are lucky we may be able to get some shots of Station Master and his staff, formally dressed in their crisp white uniform with a hat and a tie! A true legacy from the Colonial times, which has remained unchanged to this date. How amazing is that?

At the end of the day we will capture the sunset at Little Adam’s Peak, which looks out over the dramatic mountain range and Adam’s Peak. And finally, in true PWA tradition, you will be able to taste mouth-watering Sri Lankan traditional dishes in local restaurants. (B)

Day 6 | Ella - Nuwara Eliya

We are up early for the sunrise and to take in as much as possible before we leave this magical oasis. After a morning shoot and breakfast, we head to town to capture the village just one more time before bidding Ella farewell.

We’ll board a late morning train to Nuwara Eliya. On board the train, you will again have plenty of opportunities to take photographs of people and passing landscape, small village hill train stations etc. The train travels at a slow speed, so there will be excellent opportunities to park yourself at exit doors to get uninterrupted views of the scenic beauty. By late afternoon we arrive in Nuwara Eliya where we will check into our hotel and enjoy a relaxing dinner. (B)

Day 7 | Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast, we visit a tea plantation followed by a Nuwara Eliya city tour. The salubrious climate has branded Nuwara Eliya into a sanatorium that attracts Sri Lankan tourists as well as foreign travelers. Golf tournaments, horse racing, motor cross, clay pigeon shooting and carnivals are some of the main festivities.

Sri Lanka is one of the world’s largest exporters of tea. Since the introduction of tea to Sri Lanka in the mid 19th century, Nuwara Eliya has been the capital of the tea industry. For many miles prior to reaching Nuwara Eliya, you will witness tea estates as far as the eye can see. In the evening we will review images. (B)

Day 8 | Nuwara Eliya - Kandy - Mahiyangana

After an early breakfast we will check out and travel to Kandy. While in Kandy, we will visit the Buddhist temple Sri Dalada Maligawa Temple or the “Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic”. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country.

Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site mainly due to the temple. Bhikkhus of the two chapters of Malwatte and Asgiriya conduct daily worship in the inner chamber of the temple. Rituals are performed three times daily: at dawn, at noon and in the evenings. On Wednesdays there is a symbolic bathing of the relic with an herbal preparation made from scented water and fragrant flowers called Nanumura Mangallaya. This holy water is believed to contain healing powers and is distributed among those present.

Next we will travel to Dambana where our focus will be on photographing the Sri Lanka “Vedda” indigenous tribal communities and their unique culture. Sri Lanka’s Aborigines’, or the “Vedda” meaning “people of the forest” have a history much older than Prince Vijaya’s landing in 5th century BC and the origins of the Sinhala race. Archaeological evidence suggests that modern Veddas neolithic ancestors inhabited this island as far back as 10,000 BC.

Once roaming the Great Plains’ of the north central region to the central mountains, today the remaining Vedda population are confined to Dambana which is close to Maduru Oya sanctuary. They are essentially hunter gatherer forest dwellers without much change in their lifestyle from stone age to modern times. The language used by them is an ancient dialect of Sinhala. Their staple diet being venison, Veddas are allowed to hunt legally to sustain themselves within certain areas. They are also expert fisherman, and collect bee’s honey, that they use to exchange with the locals for axe blades and cloth.

Day 9 | Mahiyangana – Meemure - Sigiriya

After an early breakfast, we will check out and travel to Sigiriya via the village of Meemure.

Meemure is thought to be an unexploited nature’s gift. The unforgiving terrain has made the area less accessible, making Meemure an exclusive place. The area is a piece of land which combines pre-historic values and nature. The village itself receives abundant water in the form of waterfalls that have their sources in the evergreen forests of the Knuckles. East of the village lies the pyramid shaped Lakegala mountain; while the west is dominated by the picturesque Knuckles range. The northern boundary of Meemure borders a forest which runs to the ‘Pitawala Pathana’ grassland; and the south is bounded by Heen River.

The only way to reach Meemure is from the ‘Hunnasgiriya’ mountain, which is part of the Knuckles range, approximately 50km from Kandy. It’s a difficult trail of 33km from Hunnasgiriya to Meemure with many tricky spots, though the view along it is excellent. Pack-bulls used to be the solitary method of transport to Meemure up until now. Herds of cattle carried sacks full of goods and equipment to the village. Due to the fertility and prosperity of the village; the pack- bulls were only used to carry salt, cloths, tobacco and calcium bicarbonate. But with the invasion of modern technology, the trails have been widened to allow three wheelers, jeeps and small trucks.

The lifestyle of the villagers show their loyalty to nature. The villagers build eco-friendly homes using clay and illuk (spear grass) which lasts for over three decades. But the most unique aspect of their buildings are their boundary walls made of quartz.

Later in the evening we check into our hotel in Sigiriya. (B)

Day 10 | Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa

After an early breakfast we visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. Our focus will be on the compelling ancient architecture, numerous Buddhist temples, ancient monuments, temple complexes, people, devotees and monks.

The Gal Vihara , also known as Gal Viharaya and originally called Uttararama, is a rock temple of the Buddha situated in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa in North Central Province, Sri Lanka. The Polonnaruwa Vatadage is an ancient structure dating back to the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa of Sri Lanka. It is believed to have been built during the reign of Parakramabahu I to hold the Relic of the tooth of the Buddha or during the reign of Nissanka Malla of Polonnaruwa to hold the alms bowl used by the Buddha.

In the afternoon, we will explore the ancient rock fortress “Sigiriya”, with its caves, wall paintings and the surrounding landscape. Sigiriya is an ancient rock fortress located in Northern Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the central province, Sri Lanka. The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 meters (660 ft) high.

After dinner we will review images. (B)

Day 11 | Sigiriya - Anuradhapura - Colombo

The ruins of Anuradhapura are one of South Asia’s most evocative sights. The sprawling complex contains a rich collection of archaeological and architectural wonders: enormous dagobas (brick stupas), ancient pools and crumbling temples, built during Anuradhapura’s thousand years of rule over Sri Lanka. Today, several of the sites remain in use as holy places and temples; frequent ceremonies give Anuradhapura a vibrancy that’s a sharp contrast to the museum-like ambience at Polonnaruwa.

Anuradhapura currently serves as the capital city of the North Central Province, and is considered the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. Its vast network of ancient Buddhist temples, monasteries and places of worship which cover over 40 sq kms has made it a sacred site to Buddhists around the world. Current-day Anuradhapura is a pleasant albeit sprawling city; a small town that feels more like a large village. From giant man-made creations spanning from stupas to lakes, to sacred religious sites, this ancient city oozes out brilliance. The temples & monumental dagobas, amongst greatest architectural feats of its age, have been surpassed only in scale by the great pyramids of Khufru & Khafra at Gizeh.

Together with stupas, temples & monasteries of Buddhism, the crowning glory surfaced: irrigation. Colossal rainwater reservoirs were constructed by way of man power and elephants. With the concept of saving rainwater by means of reservoirs, the island became self-sufficient in rice, the staple diet of the Sinhalese. Almost all of these tanks have been restored, and to this date still provides the lifeline to farmers.

Once completed, we drive back to the urban center of the island where we started our trip from. In the evening we will enjoy a beautiful “Farewell Dinner” at one of Colombo’s best restaurants. (B)(D)

Day 12 | Colombo

After our morning breakfast we exchange information and bid you farewell. Our driver will be escorting you to the airport in time for your flight. We urge you to extend your stay in Asia and make good use of everything you will learn on our photo adventure. (B)

(B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner, (E) Excursion

May all who come as guests... leave as friends®

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Pricing

 

All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience, we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in boutique hotels in the 4-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels which offer cultural, historic and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. Breakfast is included only if included in our room rates.

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The cost for travel insurance can be as low as 4% of the total trip cost, depending upon age and other factors. Knowing you have trip cancellation coverage can make a big difference should you have to cancel for some unforeseen reason. Travelex Insurance Services is a BBB Accredited business with an A+ rating. Click here to learn more about why you should consider travel insurance.

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