Discover Sri Lanka’s fascinating history and culture, diverse landscapes, and ancient cities and palaces using your camera’s lens as a window into this fabulous world.

Whether you’re just starting out and want to use your phone camera or are an experienced photographer with the latest lenses, you’ll broaden your photographic perspective with this eye-opening experiences…while making photography images you will love. This tour gives you a great introduction into Sri Lanka’s distinctive culture, from the outstanding ruins of the former capital cities, the stunning rock fortress of Sigiriya, to the picturesque tea plantations in the breathtaking central mountain regions. We take a guided tour of Kandy, experience the old-world charm of Galle, the amazing Buddhist murals and carvings at Dambulla Cave, as well as Trincomalee’s picturesque beaches.

Group walks, short focused photography exercises, and one on one coaching are interspersed with opportunities to explore surprisingly-intact ancient monuments, colourful markets, and lush landscapes, all while meeting friendly locals.

Facilitated by Mumbai-based travel photographer Jay Weinstein, best known for his popular international photography project ‘so I asked them to smile’ (soiaskedthemtosmile.com, awandererseye.com), this tour gives beginners and intermediates a deeper insight into Sri Lanka, as well as photography knowledge and tips. It offers fabulous perspectives of architecture, landscapes and people, on our ‘behind the scenes’ look at this ancient culture.

Itinerary

Day One

Arrive Colombo airport. We have a late afternoon meeting with the group. Overnight Negombo

Day Two

After breakfast, visit fishing boats and a few other local sights. Drive to the magical ancient city of Anuradhapura, the former capital of Sri Lanka. En route we visit a coconut plantation for a demonstration of toddy tapping as well as have a jeep safari through Wilpattu National park. Overnight Anuradhapura

Day Three

There’s a bird watching walk for the early risers. After breakfast, we go on a sightseeing tour of the fascinating Buddhist stupas and ruins of the ancient capital of Anuradhapura. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon before a late afternoon tour takes you to the beautiful hill-top location of Mihintale, famous as the place where Buddhism was introduced to Sri Lanka. Overnight Anuradhapura.

Day Four

Enjoy the scenery as we drive to Trincomalee stopping on the way at the Kanniya Hotsprings and other local sights including Koneshwaram Temple and Fort Fredrick. Overnight Trincomalee

Day Five

Take an early whale and dolphin watching boat trip. The rest of the day is free to enjoy the beach, go snorkeling, relax or enjoy a relaxing massage. Overnight Trincomalee

Day Six

Today we visit the outstanding ancient monuments of Polonnaruwa, the second former capital of the country, for a guided tour. After lunch we have a short drive to Habarana. There is some free time in the afternoon to relax with an ayurvedic massage or have a swim in the resort’s garden pool. Overnight Habarana

Day Seven

An early visit to Sigiriya Rock, one of the most amazing sights in Sri Lanka makes a great start to the morning. This is followed by a visit to the colossal Buddha statue at Aukana. Later in the afternoon, we visit a nearby national park for elephant sighting. Overnight Habarana.

Day Eight

This morning we drive to Kandy, en route visiting the amazing Dambulla cave temples. We then have a guided tour and lunch at one of Sri Lanka’s spice plantations. In the early evening we visit the Temple of the Tooth, the most-visited sacred sight in Sri Lanka. Overnight Kandy.

Day Nine

A walk around Kandy’s famous Botanical gardens is on the agenda for the morning followed by a short walking tour of the town. In the afternoon we visit the gem factory or have some free time to wander or enjoy an ayurvedic massage etc. There’s a cultural dance and fire walk in the late afternoon. Overnight Kandy

Day Ten

Drive through beautiful tea plantations to Nuwara Eliya. On the way, we visit a tea factory to see how Sri Lanka’s famous tea is made and in the late afternoon we have a driving town of the tour. Overnight Nuwara Eliya

Day Eleven

This morning there is an optional trek at Horton Plains National Park to see the World’s End cliff and Bakers Falls. After lunch, we have a scenic train trip to the lovely mountain town of Ella and in the evening we have a cooking demonstration and dinner with some friendly locals. Overnight Ella

Day Twelve

We have another early optional trek this morning to Little Adam’s Peak. After a drive to Tissamahara and some free time, we have a safari at Yala National Park in the late afternoon. Yala is famous for its leopards and other animals including elephants, deer, sloth bears, crocodiles, wild boars and a large variety of birds. Overnight Tissamahara.

Day Thirteen

After breakfast we drive to Galle with a visit to the Udawalawe Elephant Transit home on the way, as well as a photo stop for the stilt fisherman. Enjoy a free afternoon. Overnight Galle

Day Forteen

This morning we do a walking tour of the historic Galle Fort area. Galle Fort, on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, was first built in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century. Enjoy a free afternoon. Overnight Galle

Day Fifteen

Drive to Colombo, en route visiting a moonstone mine. We have a city tour and free time for shopping in the afternoon. Overnight Colombo

Day Sixteen

Depart any time today.

Additional Information

Your 16-day experience includes air-conditioned travel, fabulous accommodation, all tours, entrance fees, train ride, local guide, photography facilitator, some meals and bottled water.

Tour Price $4490 per person twin share.
(Single supplement $890)

Dates – 2nd to 17th October 2018

Your facilitator: Jay Weinstein

Jay Weinstein is a Mumbai-based, Hindi and English-speaking photographer of mainly Australian-American heritage. At the age of 3, he moved to India with his schoolteacher parents and spent the next 12 years living in Vrindavan, a historic town filled with temples and monkeys. At 15, his family moved back to Australia to facilitate his secondary education. Though Jay thought he was done with India, he ended up returning year after year, drawn by her overpowering, vibrant, chaotic cadence. His passion for photography was ignited on these trips. Later, his profession had him traveling from the lush, palm-dotted southern states to the breathtaking Himalayan mountains of Nepal; the ancient majestic forts of Rajasthan to the unending paddy fields of West Bengal. These gradually transformed into the photography travel trips he is now addicted to!

Jay brings to his work a unique charm and an eye for hidden beauty. Through the easy rapport he builds with his subjects, he creates unforgettable images that transport one to the heart of India and its people. See more of Jay’s work on this website – www.jaywphotography.com

Jay has been working on a wonderful photography project over the last couple of years called ‘So I asked them to smile’. To view photos, click this link – https://www.facebook.com/soIaskedthemtosmile/

Photography Classes

Short theory sessions and focused practice time cover portraiture, basic composition, point of view and other topics. There will be regular ‘photo’ walks where participants focus on a specific photography element for a limited time and can then go freestyle. Participants are always encouraged to make the most of any magic moments. Our meditative approach to photography also leaves plenty of room for participants to wander ahead and explore their photography independently.

Other Topics covered include –

Respectful and culture-sensitive interactions

Breathe then see – meditative approach to photography

What makes an image interesting?

Portraits – etiquette, approach and composition etc

Point of View – finding the unique

Light

Beauty in the big picture

Beauty in the detail

ISO and shutter speed

Aperture and lenses

For bookings and enquires call 1300 722 932 or email info@touchofspirittours.com.au

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