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Top 5 Photo Locations in Sri Lanka – to capture the best of the paradise island

Sri Lanka is a beautiful country offering plenty of photographic opportunities. Whether you want to capture the cultural beauty, the serenity of the beaches, action packed wildlife shots you can find it all in this beautiful paradise isle.


Cultural photography

Sri Lanka is a country that is rich in history and culture, which have collectively given its distinct character. From ancient cities, historical forts, scared and spiritual sites the cultural diversity in the island is enthralling. For cultural photography in Sri Lanka there's plenty of options. There are eight UNESCO world heritage sites in the country out of which six are focused on culture and heritage. The ancient city of Polonnaruwa, the ancient city of Sigiriya, the Golden temple of Dambulla, the sacred city of Anuradhapura, the sacred city of Kandy and the old Galle town are these locations. At these six locations you are able to capture some of the best cultural and historically significant locations in Sri Lanka.


Wildlife/ Nature photography

Whether you're clicking for pleasure or a serious assignment, Sri Lanka has plenty of wildlife to capture. The Yala national park is one of the best places for photographing animals in the wilderness. For elephant photography Udawalawe national park is the best place with hundred of these magnificent giants roaming freely. The Minneriya elephant gathering is also a highlight where hundreds of jumbos come together during the dry season to use the water at the Minneriya tank. The Sinharaja rainforest is also another rich treasure trove of nature in Sri Lanka with the presence of endemic species found nowhere in the world. Bird photography is also popular in these places.


Beach photography

The beaches in Sri Lanka are simply overwhelming. Whether you are looking for rough waves or serene azure waters, without much adieu you can find it here. Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Pasikuddah, Arugam Bay and Trinco have some of the best photo-worthy coastal areas. The best way to store your photographs creatively is to make online photo album, not only is it budget friendly but also easy to access and saves storage space. With Jamphoto you can create artistic albums to store your best captures.


Whale and dolphin photography

As a major whale and dolphin watching spot in the world, Sri Lanka offers plenty of opportunities to capture these magnificent sea creatures. Whale and dolphin watching is a seasonal activity in the country available in the west coast from November to March while on the east coast off Trincomalee June to September is the best period. A high concentration of blue whales and sperm whales has been spotted in the seas off Dondra Head during January to April.


Village life Photography

The rural Sri Lanka is a fascinating place for photography. When you travel out of the city limits in areas such as Dambulla, Bandarawela, and towards the northern section of the country you find plenty of photo opportunities to cover various lifestyles.