SRI LANKA PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR
Day 01: Anuradhapura
Arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport. Transfer to your hotel in Anuradhapura. (3 ½ hour drive). Proceed to explore this UNESCO world heritage site. You will be able to photograph the Buddha's fig tree, brought there in the 3rd century B.C. by Sanghamitta, the palaces, monasteries and monuments. Thereafter visit Mihintale to photograph the first sanctuary in the world for flora and fauna declared in 247 B.C. You could also photograph Ambastala Dagaba, Maha Seya, Kantaka Chetiya, Alms Hall, Hospital, Kaludiya Pokuna, Naga Pokuna and other monuments.
Day 02: Habarana
You will be transferred to Habarana (1 ½ hours drive). In the evening, leave for Sigiriya where you could photograph the Sigiriya Rock Fortress rising 200 meters vertically from the flat plains. Top of this rock contains ruins of an ancient palace complex, built during the reign of King Kashyapa (477AD – 495 AD) and surrounding rock is the Royal Garden which is one of the 7 world wonders, also a popular tourist destinations.
Day 03: Habarana
After breakfast, you could proceed on a full day excursion to photograph the ruins of Polonnaruwa (1 ½ hours), scattered over an extensive area of gently undulating woodland about 4km from north to south. You can see everything at Polonnaruwa in a single long day, but you’ll have to start early to do the city justice. Polonnaruwa was originally enclosed by three concentric walls and filled with parks and gardens. At the heart of the city lies the royal palace complex, while immediately to the north are the city’s most important cluster of religious buildings, the so-called Quadrangle, containing the finest group of remains in the city – and, indeed, Sri Lanka. Polonnaruwa’s largest monuments are found in the northern part of the city, comprising the buildings of the Menik Vihara, Rankot Vihara, Alahana Pirivena and Jetavana monasteries, including the famous Buddha statues of the Gal Vihara and the soaring Lankatilaka shrine.
Day 04: Kandy
You will be transferred to Kandy (2 hour drive). En route visit the famous Dambulla Rock Cave Temple to photograph the largest and best preserved cave temple in Sri Lanka. There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area. Major attractions are spread over five caves, which contain statues and paintings. These paintings and statues are related to Gautama Buddha and his life. There are a total of 153 Buddha statues, three statues of Sri Lankan kings and four statues of gods and goddesses. In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth to photograph the sacred temple which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site mainly due to the temple. You could visit the Temple at the pooja time (thewawa), 6.30 – 8.00 in the evening.
Day 05: Colombo
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Colombo (4 hours drive). Visit the Amabakke Devalaya en route to photograph the shrine consists of three sections, the "Sanctum of Garagha", the "Digge" or "Dancing Hall" and the "Hevisi Mandapaya" or the "Drummers' Hall". The Drummers' Hall has drawn the attention of visitors to the site, due to the splendid wood carvings of its ornate pillars and its high pitched roof. Also you could visit Gadaladeniya Temple to photograph the ancient monastery is located on a small hilltop at Diggala. The Gadaladeniya inscription reveals that the temple was built by King Buwanekabahu 4 in the year 1344. South Indian architect ‘Ganesvachari’ designed the temple site considering characteristically South Indian architectural feature. The hilltop gives you a panoramic view of the entire site.
Day 06: Departure
You will be transferred to the airport (1 hour drive).