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14 Days Education tour itinerary for sri-lanka: Take Snapshots Of Picturesque Moments

Colombo, Galle, Yala National Park, Ella, Nuwara Eliya, Kandy, Dambulla, Minneriya National Park, Matale, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Negombo

Education
Education Tour
Photography
Photography Tour
Sightseeing
Sightseeing Tour
Take Snapshots of Picturesque Moments

stilt fishermen

Weligama-Sri Lanka

Witness how Sri Lanka offers a tremendous diversity of photographic opportunities. 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.

DAY 01

airport - colombo

  • On arrival, meet & greet at the airport and transfer to hotel in Colombo.

  • Check-in to the hotel and relax to recover from the jet lag.

  • In the evening, meet with your experienced photographic guide for information briefing of your photographic tour in Sri Lanka.

Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel in Colombo.

DAY 02

colombo city wonders

  • Start with breakfast at the hotel.

  • Continue on a Colombo city walk to capture the pictures at the Dutch Hospital Shopping Complex and walk along the old colonial streets, to see the floating market, Pettah bazaar, main market for fruits and vegetable in Colombo.

  • Afterwards, proceed to capture pictures of Seemamalaka Temple, Independence Square, BMICH, Galle Face Green where you can capture of great pictures of street food, children flying kites along with wondrous sceneries.

Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel in Colombo.

DAY 03

colombo - galle - koggala

  • Eat breakfast at the hotel.

  • Leave for Galle.

  • Visit the Dutch Fort in Galle. Click on at various points during Sri Lanka’s colonial history, and they have each left a unique imprint on its fabric. As you navigate through the fort’s charming alleyways at a leisurely pace, a fascinating blend of local design traditions and European colonial influence become evident in the architectural style of its many interesting structures.

  • Leave for Koggala.

  • Check-in at the hotel.

  • In the evening, enjoy a short walk to take photographs of the stilt fishermen’s fishing on poles with the sunset. Stilt fishing is a traditional method for fishing practised by most fishermen along the southern coast of Sri Lanka.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Koggala.

DAY 04

koggala - rekawa - kataragama

  • Appreciate breakfast at the hotel.

  • Leave for Tangalle.

  • Visit a Sea turtle hatchery in Rekawa to take pictures of Sea turtles, protected enclosures to nurture the eggs and release the young back into the ocean to increase the probability of survival and support against a threat so extinction.

  • Leave for Kataragama.

  • Capture the images of worshipers, Pooja ceremony in Kataragama. Kataragama is one of Sri Lanka’s holy places where Hindu, Buddhist and Muslims visit on a religious pilgrimage. It is a large Complex with the ‘Mahadewala’ – Main Hindu shrine being the most important place. This shrine of God Skanda, the Hindu war God who is worshipped as the Kataragama Deviyo is venerated by pilgrims of all three religions.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Tissa / Kataragama.

DAY 05

yala

  • Pack your picnic breakfast and lunch.

  • Savour a full-day safari from 6 AM to 6 PM in Yala National Park, exploring various wildlife and newer, more innovative ways of making pictures. The safari will be interspersed with highly insightful real-time guidance on photography by the Skipper. You can capture the Sri Lankan leopard and the Sri Lankan elephant can emerge from the enchanting, enigmatic depths of the jungle and render themselves into frames that you will cherish for a long, long time. Apart from these most-loved mammals, there are a lot of other endemic mammals, reptiles and birds that Yala contains in its lovely confines, and making images of them can be nothing short of meditative experience.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Tissa / Kataragama.

DAY 06

kataragama - ella

  • Savour breakfast at the hotel.

  • Leave for Ella. Ella is a tiny, picturesque village in the highlands of the country, it is a place for those seeking an offbeat experience.

  • The highlight of your 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.

  • Capture images of Dunhida Waterfalls which is easily accessible and also the famous because of its misty-like spray of water that falls down along the stones.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Ella.

DAY 07

ella - train - nuwara eliya

  • Early morning at 5.30 am, climb the Little Adam’s Peak to capturing the breathtaking sunrises from the east coast over the mountains.

  • Return to hotel for breakfast.

  • Transfer to Ella Railway station.

  • Onboard 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.

  • Pick up from the Nau Oya railway station and transfer to hotel.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

DAY 08

nuwara eliya

  • Savour breakfast at the hotel.

  • Walkthrough 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 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 travellers. Golf tournaments, horse racing, motor cross, clay pigeon shooting and carnivals are some of the main festivities.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

DAY 09

nuwara eliya - kandy

  • Eat breakfast at the hotel.

  • Leave for Kandy, the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site mainly due to the temple of tooth relic.

  • Visit Upper Lake View and arts & craft centre, the oriental market place for photography.

  • In the evening, 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.

  • Watch an unforgettable show photographing Traditional Kandyan Dancers with all their vibrant colours.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Kandy.

DAY 10

kandy - matale - dambulla

  • Start with breakfast at the hotel.

  • Make a photographic tour in Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. The garden is home to over 4,000 species of plants, ferns, shrubs, palm trees, spices and medicinal plants, all complemented by an array of butterflies and bird species. Take time to admire the incredible collection of over 300 varieties of orchids; certainly one of the garden’s highlights. The giant bamboo and double palm trees, both of which are imports to the island and many are over one hundred years old, create a natural canopy. A leisurely stroll through the immaculate lawns and along the quiet paths.

  • Leave for Dambulla.

  • En-route, stop in Matale to click at a Spice Garden. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed. Gardens are open to visitors, a delightful place to stroll in fragrant greenery and learn about nutmeg, pepper vines, clove trees and curry, cinnamon and the precious cardamom, a relative of ginger.

  • Visit Dambulla Rock Cave Temple with a history leading back to the first century BC; the rock ceiling of the Dambulla Cave Temple is a large canvas of colourful paintings and murals and is the largest collection within a cave temple in Sri Lanka. It is not always easy to capture these shots in semi-darkness.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Dambulla.

DAY 11

polonnaruwa ancient sites - minneriya national park

  • Eat breakfast at the hotel.

  • Proceed to Polonnaruwa ancient city which is on the compelling ancient architecture, numerous Buddhist temples, ancient monuments, temple complexes, people, devotees and monks. The ‘Gal Vihara’ which consists of statues of the recumbent, standing and seated Buddha have been cut from a single granite wall and rank among few of the true masterpieces of Sri Lankan Art.

  • Enjoy an afternoon safari in Minneriya National Park to photograph Elephants who come to drink water in the backdrop of large lakes. It is the largest known meeting place of Asian Elephants in the world. During this period, herds up to 300 elephants are seen at the 8,890-hectare park within a few square kilometres of the Minneriya Reservoir.

Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Dambulla.

DAY 12

sigiriya rock fortress - negombo

  • Wake up for breakfast at the hotel.

  • Visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress to explore the wall paintings and the surrounding landscape. It was built in 5th century AD by a king, Kasyapa, as a fortress-palace. The palace complex at the foot of the rock still has the remains of four indoor swimming pools where the king’s 500 concubines bathed. The mirror walls of the Sigiriya rock still retain the world-famous frescoes of the king’s concubines, who originated from all parts of the world. The palace structure was built with complex water arteries in the walls that provided natural air conditioning in the hot climate.

  • On the summit, reached with the help of metal staircases and ladders, you can see the remains of the palace walls, gardens and ponds. 

  • Leave for Negombo.

  • Check in at hotel.

Dinner and overnight stay at Beach hotel in Negombo.

DAY 13

negombo

  • Rise up for breakfast at the hotel.

  • Explore the history of the dynamic city of Negombo.

  • Indulge in a diverse experience by visiting the famous fish market in Negombo known as the ‘Lellama’.

  • Walk on the beach and watch fishermen untangle their fishing nets and witness the fish being auctioned and sold to retail and commercial customers alike.

  • Set off on a boat ride in the Negombo Lagoon, which has an expansive mangrove swamp. The Negombo lagoon boat ride would let you spot some of the lush mangroves with vast biodiversity, flora and fauna species in the area as well as water birds such as herons, terns, cormorants and shorebirds.

Dinner and overnight stay at Beach hotel in Negombo.

DAY 14

negombo - airport

  • Get up for breakfast at the hotel.

  • Transfer to airport for onward flight.

  • 1747 USD Per Adult , 663 USD Per Child
  • Meeting at the airport upon arrival and assistance during the stay

  • Bottle of mineral water per person per day

  • Service of Professional Photographic guide

  • Accommodation on half board basis in DBL Sharing for 13 Nights from dinner on Day 01 to Breakfast on Day 14 at Hotels specified or at Hotels of Similar Standard.

  • Transportation by Air-Conditioned Vehicle with an English-Speaking chauffeur-guide.

  • Government tax and service charge

  • Early check-in & late checkout

  • Lunch and beverages cost throughout the Tour,

  • Entrance fees to sites (approx. Adult: USD 290 / Child (5 - 12 Years) USD 145)

  • Extras of personal nature.

  • Tips and gratuities.

  • Extra services other than those specified.

  • Extensions of stays or amendments to the itinerary

  • Sri Lanka Photographic Tour: Sri Lanka offers a tremendous diversity of photographic opportunities. 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.

Accommodation basis:

  • All hotel classifications are as per Pledge Holidays classifications.

  • Confirmation of hotels will be subject to availability at the time of final confirmation.

  • Meal plan will be on a booked basis.

  • Half Board will be from arrival day dinner to departure day breakfast.

  • Full Board will be from arrival day lunch to departure day breakfast.

  • Tours could be re-routed with/ or without adequate notice, in the best interest of the customer.

  • Certain places of interest could be closed during lunch hours, public holidays etc., and the DMC will not be responsible for those.

Other Conditions:

  • Optional excursions and additional services could be provided for which we will charge additionally.

  • Visits to wildlife parks, adventure activities, etc., will be at client's own risk.

  • Payment by credit cards will be subject to 3% bank charges.

Cancellation charges (Sri Lanka):

  • Within 07 - 00 days - 100% cancellation charge.

  • Within 14 - 08 days - 75% cancellation charge.

  • Within 21-15 days - 50% cancellation charge.

Hotel Rules & Regulations:

  • The official check-in time at all hotels will be 14.00 hrs.

  • The official check-out time at all hotels will be 11.00 hrs.

  • Early check-in / late check-out will be subject to availability at the discretion of the hotel’s management. However, a request to hotels will be made where necessary.

  • Cancellation policy will be applicable for any reduction of allocated/blocked rooms, after the release period.

Visas:

  • A tourist visa needs to be obtained for nationals other than Singapore & Maldives and could be obtained online. For further details, visit the Sri Lanka government website. 

Colombo, Galle, Yala National Park, Ella, Nuwara Eliya, Kandy, Dambulla, Minneriya National Park, Matale, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Negombo

Education
Education Tour
Photography
Photography Tour
Sightseeing
Sightseeing Tour
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