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Road Trip – Sri Lanka

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. 

Map

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_3

Dambulla Golden Temple. f/11, ISO 100, 10mm, 10 sec

Dambulla

View from top of Dambulla. 8 Picture Panorama.

Dambulla_2

Teamwork – Dambulla. f/4.5, ISO 400, 112mm, 1/160 sec

Dambulla_1

Curiosity – Dambulla. f/4.0, ISO 800, 70mm, 1/250 sec

Sigiriya_3

Typical tourist shot – Sigiriya. f/11, ISO 100, 20mm, 1/60 sec

Sigiriya_2

Sigiriya Frescoes. f/4.5, ISO 800, 18mm, 1/100 sec

Sigiriya_1

Sigiriya. f/11, ISO 100, 10mm, 1/100 sec

Sigiriya

View from top of Sigiriya. 7 picture panorama.

Minneriya_2

Minneriya National Park. f/5.6, ISO 400, 70mm, 1/2500 sec

Minneriya_1

Minneriya National Park. f/8.0, ISO 400, 22mm, 1/1600 sec

Minneriya

Minneriya National Park. f/8.0, ISO 400, 70mm, 1/1600 sec

Polonnaruwa_1

Polonnaruwa. f/11, ISO 400, 10mm, 1/400 sec

Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa. f/11, ISO 400, 10mm, 1/640 sec

Gal Viharaya_1

Polonnaruwa Gal Viharaya. f/11, ISO 400, 15mm, 1/100 sec

Gal Viharaya

Polonnaruwa Gal Viharaya. f/8.0, ISO 400, 22mm, 1/125 sec

Pasikuda_1

Pasikuda Beach. f/11, ISO 100, 10mm, 20 sec

Pasikuda

Pasikuda. f/5.6, ISO 400, 300mm, 1/3200 sec

milky way

Milky Way – Pasikuda Beach. 4 pictures stacked.

star trails

Star Trails – Pasikuda Beach. 98 pictures.

Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay. 7 picture panorama.

Dunhinda Falls

Dunhinda Falls – Badulla. f/11, ISO 100, 10mm, 15 sec

Horton Plains_1

Horton Plains National Park. f/8.0, ISO 400, 10mm, 1/1600 sec, -1EV

Horton Plains

Horton Plains National Park. f/8.0, ISO 400, 10mm, 1/250 sec

Baker's Falls

Baker’s Falls – Horton Plains National Park. Too many water droplets on my lens. f/11, ISO 100, 10mm, 15 sec

World's End

View from the mini world’s end – Horton Plains National Park. 8 picture panorama.

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