A road trip around Sri Lanka was long overdue. Specially as a photographer, travelling is one of the best things in life. Last week I had the privilege of travelling around Sri Lanka with a bunch of wonderful companions. Even though I was born and raised here, there are still so many places I haven’t been to. It’s truly extraordinary to witness the sceneries described to us through grandmother’s tales, history books, and folklore colored by our own imagination since we were toddlers. Smell of the mountains, pine trees, and wet soil, the sound of the monsoon rain, the eastern wind, white golden beaches, palm trees, tuk tuks ruling the streets, bright smiles, old remains of castles, palaces, and temples telling a tale of a once glorious civilization, an occasional self appointed tour guide trying to rip you off, exotic wildlife, lush green forests, and a heck of a lot of inside jokes were the highlights of our journey.
Here’s an important traveler’s tip if you plan to visit Sri Lanka: Approach the regular locals if you are in need of help and ignore most who approach you.
I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I did making them.
The map. We ended up traveling around 1100 kms in 8 days. Ratnapura > Kandy > Dambulla > Sigirya > Minneriya > Polonnaruwa > Pasikuda > Arugam Bay > Badulla > Bandarawela > Horton Plains > Ratnapura.
Dambulla Golden Temple. f/11, ISO 100, 10mm, 10 sec
View from top of Dambulla. 8 Picture Panorama.
Teamwork – Dambulla. f/4.5, ISO 400, 112mm, 1/160 sec
Curiosity – Dambulla. f/4.0, ISO 800, 70mm, 1/250 sec
Typical tourist shot – Sigiriya. f/11, ISO 100, 20mm, 1/60 sec
Sigiriya Frescoes. f/4.5, ISO 800, 18mm, 1/100 sec
Sigiriya. f/11, ISO 100, 10mm, 1/100 sec
View from top of Sigiriya. 7 picture panorama.
Minneriya National Park. f/5.6, ISO 400, 70mm, 1/2500 sec
Minneriya National Park. f/8.0, ISO 400, 22mm, 1/1600 sec
Minneriya National Park. f/8.0, ISO 400, 70mm, 1/1600 sec
Polonnaruwa. f/11, ISO 400, 10mm, 1/400 sec
Polonnaruwa. f/11, ISO 400, 10mm, 1/640 sec
Polonnaruwa Gal Viharaya. f/11, ISO 400, 15mm, 1/100 sec
Polonnaruwa Gal Viharaya. f/8.0, ISO 400, 22mm, 1/125 sec
Pasikuda Beach. f/11, ISO 100, 10mm, 20 sec
Pasikuda. f/5.6, ISO 400, 300mm, 1/3200 sec
Milky Way – Pasikuda Beach. 4 pictures stacked.
Star Trails – Pasikuda Beach. 98 pictures.
Arugam Bay. 7 picture panorama.
Dunhinda Falls – Badulla. f/11, ISO 100, 10mm, 15 sec
Horton Plains National Park. f/8.0, ISO 400, 10mm, 1/1600 sec, -1EV
Horton Plains National Park. f/8.0, ISO 400, 10mm, 1/250 sec
Baker’s Falls – Horton Plains National Park. Too many water droplets on my lens. f/11, ISO 100, 10mm, 15 sec
View from the mini world’s end – Horton Plains National Park. 8 picture panorama.
Leave Nothing but Footprints. Take Nothing but Memories (and pictures).