13 Day Sri Lanka - The Undiscovered Country Photography Tour
with Mark Rayner and Dave Metcalf

When : Monday 10 February to Saturday 22 February 2025

Where : Sri Lanka

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If I was to describe a place which offered the following; welcoming people, timeless ruins, elephants, beautiful, magnificent tea plantations, UNESCO world heritage sights, 2000 years of culture, colourful ceremonies, an array of colorful bird and wildlife, rainforests and mountain peaks, stunning coastal scenery with dazzling white sandy beaches, all within a relatively small country, would you like to see and photograph this?

Join us on a Sri Lankan photographic odyssey under the guidance of two passionate, professional photographers, Mark Rayner and Dave Metcalf.

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Sri Lanka, August 4-15, 2014 is planned around the full moon and a very special time in this wonderful country where tourism is only just starting to ramp up.

You will be photographing in places with very few, if any, other tourists and a visionary delight awaits the keen photographer who loves to capture variety in their images.
Starting in Colombo, we begin on the streets with amazing street photography and a visit to the colorful Pettah markets.

Balipitiya is the next stop, with the opportunity to photograph the immense birdlife of the area as we cruise around on our own private boat. We move on to Koggara to capture the stilt fisherman as they balance precariously on long poles, sillouhetted against the setting sun.

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One of the highlights of the trip happens the next day when we experience the Kataragama Perehena.

This wonderful event is held once a year, a parade of brilliantly caparisoned elephants and a procession replete with dancers, drummers, torchbearers, devil-dancers, stilt-walkers, whip-crackers, flame-dancers, incense-bearers and elephant keepers.

An amazing event of colour and excitement.

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Sri Lanka’s largest national park follows, Yala National Park, with opportunities to photograph wild elephants, wild boars, wild buffaloes, leopards, bears, deer, crocodiles, plus large flocks of migratory and indigenous birds.

Next we head to beautiful Nuwara Eliya, because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, is Sri Lanka's most popular hill resort. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka's tea country producing a significant share of the world's best tea. Sri Lanka's highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8,282 feet) is located here. We will then explore the world of macro photography as we proceed to Peradeniya and visit the botanical gardens.

The gardens were first built as a pleasure garden by the Sinhala King and were expanded by the British. It covers approximately 147 acres and is a photographer’s dream with extensive well-kept lawns, pavilions, an octagon conservatory, fernery, a giant Javan fig tree and numerous flowerbeds. The best attraction is the orchid house.
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Then one of the highlights of this fascinating journey Udawalwe National Park which Lonely Planet describes “ This huge chunk of savannah grassland centred on the Uda Walawe reservoir is the closest Sri Lanka gets to East Africa. We don’t just mean a few elephants.We mean hundreds of the big nosed creatures. In fact we would go so far to say that for elephants, Uda Walawe is equal to, or even better than, many of the famous East African national parks”

Kandy is our next stop - more color, culture and amazing sights as we witness the Kandy Perehera. Esala Perahera (the festival of the tooth) is one of the grandest festivals held in Sri Lanka. It is very grandiose with elegant costumes and has become a unique symbol of Sri Lanka. This Buddhist festival consists of dances and colourfully decorated elephants adorned with lavish garments. There are fire-dances, Kandian and whip-dances. The festival ends with the traditional 'diya-kepeema'.

Next the Unesco World Heritage sight of Sigiriya rock fortress. Built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The ''Lion Rock'' is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 meters from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. We will visit the world-renowned frescoes of the ''Heavenly Maidens'' of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.
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Our last stop is the Pinnawala elephant orphanage where we will watch many elephants bathe in the cool clear river.

Combine all of this with great food, daily photography tuition from Mark and Dave, safe, reliable local tour guides and fellow photographers passionate about the delights and creative challenges of the world of photography and you have before you an experience you will never forget and one that will remain in your memory forever.

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This Sri Lankan photo safari will fill up very quickly. We are keeping it to a maximum of 10 photographers to ensure your comfort and access to photography guidance.

Please get in quick and book your spot today.

Cost: $ TBA USD Based on Double Occupancy $ TBA USD Single

Includes :

- Accommodation for 12 nights starting in Colombo
- All Meals
- Transportation in an air-conditioned coach with a local English Speaking National guide for the entire tour
- Entrance fees to all Parks
- Jeep safari in Yala, Bundala & Boat safari in Balapitiya.
- Dave and Mark tutor, guide fees

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