Photography trip to Yala National Park, Ella and Hatton of Sri Lanka
In this trip I travelled from Colombo to Arugam Bay, Ella, Hatton and back to Colombo again. I had so much fun and a wonderful time to experience driving through Sri Lanka with my three other Sri Lankan friends.
In the first leg of the trip we shot the Perahera festival in Colombo, this ceremony fell in the month of August. It was a grand ceremony with thousands of people participating and performing and with elephants being the most important element of the entire parade. I was allowed to walk in the parade alongside the participants, made friends with some of the kids who were going to perform in the ceremony and had a close encounter with each of the groups to capture the beauty of the entire ceremony.
Arugam Bay is one of the top surfer’s dream destinations. We arrived at night and woke up at 4 am, we walked to the beach to capture the sunrise and watched the surfers one by one carrying their surfboards early in the morning to catch the first waves. It was beautiful to watch the large waves dashing in and the surfers standing on the surfboards allowing the waves to carry them through.
Ella has such a great mountain’s view. We spent the morning hiking and photographing the morning light fell on the mountains. It was breezy and lights was just beautiful. We sat right at the edge of the mountain to enjoy the wind and felt the freedom of life.
Hatton is one of the most well known tea plantations at 1271m above sea level. One of my friends invited me to stay in the bungalow with the colonial ambience of tea planters which located on the top of the mountain and was owned by the tea company. This bungalow is surrounded by high mountains, embraced by tranquility. Visitors would experience the utmost relaxation and peace and feel the tired soul rejuvenated. An obliging butler and caretakers were ready to let you taste the life style of a planter in the colonial era but with the atmosphere totally different from a hotel. Guests were served with sumptuous meals they cooked, ranging from western, Indian food and of course the classic traditional Sri Lankan foods. To me this was the highlight of the entire trip, they were such beautiful people and some of the most loyal people I had ever met. Their lives were basically committed and dedicated to this house and the company. Their service makes me want to go back again. The food they cooked was the most delicious Sri Lankan food that I’d ever had. I am certain to organize a photography trip to visit them again and allow my friends like you to have a chance of once in a life time to experience what I had enjoyed myself so much. From the way they served us we could tell that they did it wholeheartedly. Imagine we woke up at 5 am to catch the sunrise and they brought the tea to our rooms to make sure we had warm tea before we left the house and told us to eat while the food was still hot. They served people with great integrity and passion. Wow, where could we find people like them these days? I respect them for who they are, and there is something that I could learn from them… love what you do and do what you love.
The surrounding view of Hatton overlooking the lake is simply beautiful. The morning lights penetrated the mist revealing layers and layers of mountains, it was absolutely gorgeous. I love the place and wish I could spend the rest of my life in such a place as beautiful as heaven. View more pictures here: http://www.alexsohphotography.com/SriLankaAug2010/srilankaindex.html
It was an amazing journey and again it gave me a different experience and insight into life. Would you like to come with me? Would you like me to organize a trip like this for you? Ha ha ha 😀 This coming November would be a good time to visit Sri Lanka and I am organizing a trip to Yala wildlife National Park (sit on a Land rover to ‘hunt’ for leopard), Ella (hiking) and Hatton (a tea planter’s living experience and visit some of the most peaceful and beautiful places you have ever know). The trip will be about 4-5 days. Please allow me to hear from you, write me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org