Temple in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka – August 2-13, 2025

Aug 2 -13, 2025

Full Price: US $6,900
Deposit: US $1,380

No single supplement charge!

 

* Loyalty program – 10% discount after 2 bookings *

12 Days, 11 Nights with Guest Photographer David J Grenier

Workshop starts: August 2nd, 2025, Negombo Hotel

Workshop ends: August 13th, Negombo Hotel

Difficulty: Easy- Some bumpy, uneven roads in the safari vehicle. Some off-road driving.

Minimum number of participants: 6

Join us on this once in a lifetime, unique journey to the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’ – Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka, is a small tropical island nestled at the southern tip of India. On our 12-Day Sri Lanka photo tour and cultural adventure, you will be experiencing amazing vistas, wild animals, ancient cultures, breathtaking beaches, misty highlands, quaint local villages, and indulge in savory Sri-Lankan cuisine. We will witness everyday life by photographing picturesque stilt fishermen, emerald green tea plantations, and one of the most colorful festivals in the world – the Kandy Esala Perahera. This epic journey includes luxury  accommodations, breakfasts and dinners, all excursions and sightseeing activities i.e. private boat trip, private safaris, temple visits, cultural show, fort entrance fees, etc., transportation to and from Colombo International Airport, and in-country travel via spacious, air-conditioned mini coach. 

Our Journey will start by picking you up at the Colombo International airport and driving you to our hotel in Negombo (a 30 min drive from the airport), where we will gather for an informal meet and greet. In Negombo we will embark on a private boat tour where we will enjoy the smooth waters and natural settings of one of Sri Lanka’s largest coastal lagoons while getting a close up view of local fishing life. Negombo is the 5th largest city in Sri Lanka. It’s a fishing village, resort city, and a commercial hub all in one and has a very visible Roman Catholic influence due to Sri Lanka’s history of being a former colony of the Portuguese, Dutch and British. The catamarans utilized in Negombo for fishing are unique to this town, and found nowhere else in Sri Lanka, let alone the world. We will photograph these beautiful vessels in the ocean, when they leave to go fishing in the mornings and when they return – times to be determined on a daily basis subject to local wind & tide conditions.

After our three night stay in Negombo, our next stop will be our first safari adventure at Minneriya National Park. This park is located in Sri Lanka’s North Central Province, 182 kilometers from Colombo. The park, which is part of the elephant corridor that connects Kaudulla and Wasgamuwa National Parks, is an important habitat for Sri Lanka’s Asian elephants. Two endemic monkeys, the purple-faced langur and the toque macaque, and large herbivorous mammals such as the sambar and axis deer frequent the park. Rare and endangered species such as the leopard and sloth bear also inhabit Minneriya. The Minneriya reservoir is an important habitat for large water birds such as the lesser adjutant, painted stork, and spot-billed pelican. The great white pelican, ruddy turnstone, and grey heron are the other water birds here. Among the endemic birds are the jungle fowl, hanging parrot, brown-capped babbler,  grey hornbill, black-crested bulbul, and the crimson-fronted barbet. While at the park, we are embarking on an afternoon game drive in our private 4-wheel drive vehicle with experienced local guides. The next two nights will be spent in this scenic area where we will explore and photograph the archaeological park of Polonnaruwa with its hundreds of ancient tombs, statues, stupas, and temples. To immerse ourselves fully in Sri Lankan culture, we will make time to visit a typical village where we will be treated to a  cooking demonstration.  

On the way to Kandy, our home base for the following two nights, we will stop at a scenic view point to photograph one of Sri Lanka’s most famous historical monuments, the Sigiriya Lion Rock. This natural phenomenon is an enormous square-shaped rock, a former fortress of King Kassapa. It is home to murals, gardens, and on top of the rock: a swimming pool and palace. Kandy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies between rolling tea plantations and emerald rainforests and is the former capital of the Sri Lanka kings. The gilded-roofed Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) safeguards a relic believed to be Buddah’s tooth. Preserving the Relic of Buddha in this haven of refuge, it was declared that whoever houses and protects it is automatically given the power to rule the country. The artifact serves as a significant symbol of Sinhalese identity and pride. A photographic highlight of our stay in Kandy is the Kandy Esala Perahera – an ancient and glamorous Buddhist festival and parade featuring musicians, jugglers, singers, fire-breathers, and ornately decorated elephants. 

After witnessing this exceptional performance, we will travel to Yala National Park, where we will spend one night, and then move on to Koggala where we spend the next two nights. The national park features a diverse ecosystem that includes monsoon forests, marine and freshwater wetlands, thorn forests, grasslands, marshes, and sandy beaches. The abundance and diversity of wildlife make Yala National Park the leading national park in Sri Lanka. Seeing a leopard is the pinnacle wildlife sighting and with the tremendous population of leopards, there is a strong probability that we will get the chance for a close photographic encounter. There are 215 species of birds and 44 species of mammals calling this area home. We then move on to Koggala, a small coastal town situated on the edge of a lagoon and features one of the longest beaches of Sri Lanka. One side of this coastal town is bordered by coral reefs while on the other side it is bordered by the Koggala Lake rich in biodiversity. We will have plenty of time and opportunities for stunning land and seascape shots as well as photographing the stilt fishermen at sunset. Our last night will be spent in Negombo before we bid you farewell for now at Colombo International airport.

Your Hosts and Photography Leaders

David J Grenier – David was born in Sri Lanka where his family had resided for generations. He eventually moved to Australia and has lived in South Africa, England, France and Spain. He arrived in California in 1972, and has called this country home ever since. His introduction to photography was through his father, who developed black and white images in their homemade darkroom. David’s passion for photography grew and he started to capture the beauty around him – he developed an affinity for nature, the ocean, and its constantly changing light and movement. Since the early beginnings, David has traveled extensively with his camera in hand while acquired technical proficiency and a keen eye for composition. He will lead us on this Sri Lankan photo adventure with excellent guidance and in depth knowledge. On a technical note, he uses Canon EOS Digital Cameras, Canon L Series lenses, Lee & Singh-Ray filters, a Gitzo tripod, and Really Right Stuff ball head.

Claudia Daniels – Claudia is originally from Mainz, Germany and for two decades has been enjoying life in Venice, Florida. Her artistic photographs are reflections of the natural world around her, especially landscapes and wildlife. She periodically employs diverse techniques to enhance and augment her photographs, such as artistic filters, high dynamic range imaging, and creative pre-and post processing effects. Her images have been featured in various magazines, newspapers, and online publications. She is an experienced instructor and photography guide, and loves to share her enthusiasm for photography and travel. Her educational background encompasses an Associate of Science Degree in Graphic Design, a Bachelor of Business, and a Master of Liberal Arts with a concentration in English and Multimedia; Claudia taught Graphic Design Technology at the State College of Florida for a number of years.

For wildlife photography with a full-frame DSLR or mirrorless camera, it’s recommended to bring telephoto lenses (and possibly converters) that span the 100-600mm range, and even more if you’re interested in capturing small to medium-sized birds. Most mammal shots are typically taken within the 200-400mm range. Additionally, having a wide-angle lens around 24mm is ideal for landscape photography, while focal lengths up to 70mm can be advantageous for river crossings and other scenarios.

Easy- Some bumpy, uneven roads in the safari vehicle. Some off-road driving. 

Best place to fly to is Columbo International Airport.

For flights try:

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You will be picked up from Colombo International Airport. 

Clothing:

  • Lightweight, breathable, and neutral-colored clothing for blending into the environment
  • Hat with a brim for sun protection
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Light rain jacket or poncho
  • Scarf or bandana
  • Dress code for visiting temples: no bare shoulders, longer shorts, skirts, or dresses covering your knees, or full lengths skirts, dresses or trousers.

Protection from the Elements:

  • Sunscreen with high SPF
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars for bird watching and wildlife observation

Group Bookings

Group bookings for all tours or bespoke tours are available upon request. Please use the form here or contact us by email or phone to let us know your requirements so we can put together a custom itinerary and price for you.

Group Bookings

Group bookings for all tours or bespoke tours are available upon request. Please use the form here or contact us by email or phone to let us know your requirements so we can put together a custom itinerary and price for you.

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