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Most popular Sri Lanka Photography Tour covering People, Wildlife, Culture, Landscapes and monuments- 11 nights

Day 01

  • Arrival in Colombo International Airport and meet with our representative
  • Transfer to Colombo – 1 hour drive approximately
  • Colombo by Jeep afternoon (3 PM) tour of Colombo city covering historical colonial era British built buildings, a Buddhist temple and Pettah market in vintage open top jeeps
  • Welcome dinner at Galle Face Hotel
  • Overnight stay in Galle Face Hotel Colombo

Day 02

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to Habarana. Habarana is a small town in north central province of Sri Lanka and is a good base to explore the heritage sites and it also a very good wildlife destination – 5 hours drive approximately
  • Afternoon safari in Minneriya National Park from 3 to 6 PM to photograph Elephants who come to drink water in the back drop of large lakes. (Minneriya is very good in the month of July and August as the largest Elephant migration takes place)
  • Dinner and overnight stay in Cinnamon Lodge in Habarana

Day 03

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Take walk in a typical village near Sigiriya to photograph local village life, lakes, paddy fields, farming fields and village vendors. This is near Sigiriya Rock Fortress. We also go to ancient rock monastery of Pidurangala too.
  • In the afternoon take a Jungle walk/Nature trail in the Habarana to see lakes, Crocodiles, water monitors, birds, lizards and other wildlife you may encounter. If you are lucky you may even encounter wild Elephants. Followed by a sun-downer on a rock cliff overlooking the dense Habarana jungle sipping local arrack cocktails.
  • Dinner and overnight stay in Cinnamon Lodge in Habarana

Day 04

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Visit another UNESCO World Heritage site of Dambulla Cave Temple, inhabited from 1st Century this largest cave complex is the best preserved cave in Sri Lanka. There are nearly 80 recoded caves in this complex but main attractions are in 5 caves where ancient paintings of Lord Buddha’s life is artistically painted.
  • Transfer to Kandy – 2 hours drive approximately. Kandy is the most venerated and visited city of Sri Lanka as it houses Lord Buddha’s tooth relic in Kandy Royal Palace, now a temple. Kandy is know the as the capitol of hill country of Sri Lanka.
  • On the way visit Muthu Mariamman Hindu Temple in Matale
  • Evening visit Temple of Tooth relic in Kandy during the sermon
  • Dinner and overnight stay in Cinnamon Citadel Hotel in Kandy

Day 05

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Get on board the scenic train to Ella from Kandy at 8.30 AM. This is a very scenic train route where you could photograph the moving locomotive through tea plantation, villages and forests. The railway line was built by British’s during their colonial days to transport tea harvest to Colombo Port. We suggest you take the 2nd class (non AC) tickets to better experience an authentic train journey. Train is expected to arrive in Ella by 3.15 PM
  • You will be met by our representative in Ella train station and transfer to Nuwara Eliya – 1 ½ hours drive approximately.
  • Dinner and overnight stay in The Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya

Day 06

  • Leave to Horton Plains National Park at 5 AM with a picnic breakfast – 1 ½ hours drive approximately. Horton Plains is a very important bio diversity hot spot in Sri Lanka which is very scenic and is vast grassy plains surrounded by a thick sub montane forest (Cloud forest). Horton Plains is also home for scenic Baker’s waterfall. Early morning photos of Samber Deer against a back drop of grassy plains is a nice shot.
  • Return to Nuwara Eliya
  • In the afternoon take a walk in Nuwara Eliya town to photograph British built bungalows, buildings in the town, tea estates, and a market followed by visit to a tea factory and estate to photograph tea plucking and producing experience.
  • Dinner and overnight stay in The Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya

Day 07

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to Yala – 4 hours drive approximately.
  • Visit Kataragama, an important religious site for Budhdist’s and Hindu’s. Photograph various temples and shrines of various deities of Hindu culture and also photograph the evening pooja
  • Lunch at Yala Safari Camp
  • Sun-downer in Yala Camp, enjoy gin and tonic or local arrack cocktail topped with Ginger Beer
  • Dinner and overnight stay Yala Safari Camp

Day 08

  • Full Day safari in Yala from Katagamuwa side Yala is the most popular national park of Sri Lanka due to its increasing Leopard density. Apart from Leopards you can see Elephants, Bears, Spotted Deer, Crocodiles and many verities of birds. We enter the park from the western gate, Katagamuwa. This side of the park is less crowded and very good for Leopard sightings. Picnic breakfast and lunch will be provided
  • BBQ dinner and overnight stay at Yala Safari Camp

Day 09

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to Weligama – 3 hours drive approximately
  • Photograph the most famous photographic shot of Sri Lanka, The Stilt Fishermen. Age old traditional way of fishing by sitting on a pole fixed to the shallow bottom of the sea where the fisher men sit to make their daily catch.
  • Dinner and overnight stay in Weligama Bay Resort in Weligama

Day 10

  • Boat trip in the Indian Ocean at 6.30 AM with a picnic breakfast to see the Blue Whales of south coast. Expected to return back to the shore by 12 noon.
  • Visit Portuguese built Fortress in 1500’s and it’s ramparts. Galle Fort is now home for many Boutique hotels and this is an architectural masterpiece. You can see many coffee shops, roadside bars, cafes and antique shops.
  • Photograph street fishermen in Galle, fruit market and traditional fishing method of netting from the beach.
  • Transfer to Negombo – 2 hours drive approximately. Negombo is a seaside town located very closer to Colombo International Airport where you could photograph fishermen, traditional fishing catamarans, Old Catholic churches and Portuguese and Dutch architecture.
  • Dinner and overnight stay in Negombo at Jetwing Blue Hotel

Day 11

  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Negombo Hamilton Canal, Lagoon and fish market boat trip
  • Relax in the rest of the day
  • Gala dinner with live music and overnight stay in Negombo at Jetwing Blue

Day 12

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to Airport for departure – 20 minutes drive approximately

From US$ 2630

Per person on double sharing basis


We can tailor this trip to suit your requirements

Any aspect of the itinerary can be altered, from excursions to accommodation


The rate includes,

  • Accommodation in mentioned hotels
  • Meals as per mentioned meal plans
  • Air conditioned transfers with an English speaking chauffeur guide
  • All mentioned activities and park entrance fees

Prices may vary plus/minus depending on the season

Places of visit during this trip

Key highlights of this trip

  • Colombo by Jeep tour of Colombo city covering historical colonial era British built buildings, a Buddhist temple and Pettah market in vintage open top jeeps
  • Seeing elephants in Minneriya National Park
  • Take a walk in a typical village in Habarana/ Sigiriya
  • Visit ancient rock monastery of Pidurangala
  • Visit Dambulla cave temple
  • Visit Hindu temple in Matale
  • Evening visit Temple of Tooth relic in Kandy during the sermon
  • Scenic train journey to Ella from Kandy
  • Nature trail in Horton Plains National Park to see World’s end point and Baker’s Waterfall
  • Leisure walk in Nuwara Eliya town to ptograph and to experience tea produceing process.
  • Visit Buddhist/ Hindu temple in Kataragama
  • Seeings leopards in Yala national park
  • Photograph stilt fishermen in Weligama
  • Whale watching tour in Indian ocean
  • Visit Galle Fort and city
  • Negombo Hamilton Canal, Lagoon and fish market boat trip

Accommodation and meals during this trip (For 2 Adults)

  • 1 night at Galle Face Hotel in Colombo on half board basis
  • 2 nights at Cinnamon Lodge in Habarana on half board basis
  • 1 night at Cinnamon Citadel in Kandy on half board basis
  • 2 nights Yala Camping on all inclusive basis
  • 1 night at Weligama Bay Resort on half board basis
  • 2 nights at Jetwing Blue in Negombo on half board basis