Depart to India
Begin your photography adventure as you depart Dublin on your overnight flight to Cochin, a city in southwest India's coastal state of Kerala. This photography holiday has a massive emphasis on shooting from the hip, capturing National Geographic style images.
Arrive in Cochin
Upon arrival in Cochin you will be met by your guide and transferred by coach to your hotel in Cochin. You will have some time to settle in your hotel and get to know your surroundings.
Welcome Meeting & Sunset Photography Session
Before dinner at your hotel enjoy a short welcome gathering with your local expert guide and Dublin Photography School tutors, who afterwards will take you to the Chinese Fishing Nets on the beach for a sunset photo shoot.
3 star hotel in Cochin (2 nights)
Depart your hotel for a Heritage walk of Fort Kochi, exploring the nooks & crannies of this coastal town. You will see the age-old Chinese fishing nets still in use, the historic St. Francis Church and the Santa Cruz Basilica, with ample time for photo opportunities. Afterwards drive to nearby Spice market where locals come to do their shopping. Although a country’s landscape can look stunning in photographs, it is the people that make up a culture. This is the perfect place to practice your documentary style photography so have your camera ready to go.
After dinner at your hotel, your guide will accompany you to a private boat for an exclusive photography excursion. Cruise around the harbour as the sun sets, giving you excellent photo opportunities. Your Dublin Photography School tutors will be at your disposal with helpful tips and tricks.
Leave Cochin behind this morning as you travel into the hills to the town of Munnar. There is plenty of colour and activity to observe throughout the journey. Regular photography stops will also be organised throughout, such as a visit to a local laundry for authentic photographic opportunities and free time for lunch at the Mundackal Plantation Homestay, which is set in beautiful surroundings. As always, Dublin Photography School tutors are on hand to help you capture the best shots.
You will arrive in Munnar in the late afternoon. Munnar is situated at the confluence of three rivers and is South India’s largest tea growing region. You will have the rest of the day to spend at your leisure as you unwind in the tranquillity of Kerala’s hills.
4 star hotel in Munnar (2 nights)
Tour of Munnar & Sunset Photography Session
This morning you will explore the main highlights of Munnar. Regular photo stops will be made throughout the day, giving you ample time to photograph sights such as Anamudi Peak, which is highest peak in Western Ghats, and local tea pickers as they go about their day in the traditional tea plantations.
In the late afternoon you will set up in the picturesque town of Munnar for a sunset photography shoot with expert tuition from Dublin Photography School.This charming Keralan town is the ideal location to capture some authentic shots. Here the photography tutors will offer tips, tricks and filter demonstrations so that you can get the most out of your long exposure images and your camera’s settings.
Before dinner at your hotel, you will visit the small but quirky local market. This is the perfect chance to witness the locals as they go about their daily lives. People are busy bargaining here, shopkeepers are selling fruit, spices and vegetables, homemade chocolates, and street food. So have your camera at the ready, as this is also a great opportunity to take some interesting documentary style images.
Journey to Thekkady
After breakfast you will depart to Thekkady. En route you will enjoy breathtaking views of the emerald hills and witness the harvesting of cardamom and other local spices. Photo stops will be organised during the journey so you will have ample time to capture shots of the stunning countryside. There will also be the opportunity to shoot portraits of some locals during a visit to a rural village, all under the expert eye of your Dublin Photography School tutors.
In the afternoon your guide will take you to a local Spice Garden in Thekkady to see many different varieties of spices growing in their natural environment. Get up close and personal with the many tastes and smells of Kerala, as there will be the opportunity to sample some spices if you wish!
3 star hotel in Thekkady (2 nights)
Periyar National Park & Nature Trek
This morning you will enjoy an excursion including a guided nature trek in Periyar National Park. The park is a wildlife sanctuary that is home to tigers, elephants, lion-tailed macaques, leopards and the picturesque Periyar Lake. There will be endless photo opportunities throughout the day and the assistance of Dublin Photography School tutors will be on hand to help you perfect your shots.
In the afternoon you will immerse yourself in the local culture during a visit to the Thekkady market, which is a hub of spice trade in Kerala. This will be another great opportunity to capture some live action shots, as you wander around experiencing all the sights, smells and colours that India has to offer.
Depart Thekkday and head towards Kumarakom, beside the Vembanad Lake. On arrival you will board a deluxe traditional, thatch roofed ‘Kettuvallum’ or houseboat for an overnight journey through the backwaters of Kerala. This is the perfect time to relax and unwind as you cruise through the waterways lined with coconut groves and rice fields. You will also be able to capture some photographs of local daily life as it carries on at the water’s edge.
Keralan Village & Sunset at Alleppey Beach
After lunch on board the boat, you will visit a traditional Keralan village for a further glimpse in to local life. Return in the late afternoon to enjoy dinner on board the houseboat. For those who wish to capture the sunset over the Arabian Sea, there will be an evening location shoot with your local expert guide & the tutors from Dublin Photography School to Alleppey Beach. Alternatively, you can chose to stay onboard the house boat and relax, soaking up the tranquil atmosphere of the Keralan backwaters.
Traditional thatch roofed ‘Kettuvallum’ houeseboat (1 night)
Following breakfast on board you will disembark your houseboat and transfer to Alleppey’s local fish and meat market for a photography based walking tour. Afterwards you will be continue to your hotel in Alleppey.
Night Time Photography
You will have the afternoon at leisure to settle in to your hotel and get your bearings. In the evening a night time photography session will be organised where you will receive expert photography tuition from Dublin Photography School on how to make the most out of your camera after the sun has set!
3 star hotel in Alleppey (1 night)
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Alleppey. You will have the morning and afternoon free to explore independently as you wish. This is the perfect time to capture some last minute travel snaps or to pick up some souvenirs. Or you can simply relax at your hotel. The choice is all yours.
In the late evening it will be time to say goodbye to India. You will be transferred from Allepey to Cochin Airport for your return overnight flight home.
Arrive home in Dublin following your once in a lifetime photography adventure with TDactive Holidays & Dublin Photography School.