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Misty Munnar
(Kerala)

Exploring the infinitesque tea estate vistas, this tour is going to be a great opportunity to savor and shoot the pristine beauty of Western Ghats and making some great travel and minimal/moody hillscape imagery.

About Munnar

Undoubtedly one of the most sought after hill stations from Western Ghats, Munnar is a charmer.

Blame it on it's pristine sprawling tea estate vistas, aroma around tea factories, awe inspiring view points, hidden waterfalls and misty mountain peaks.

A place to experience the life and ecosystem of a tea countryside from up close, it never fails to enrich.

Tour Summary

Dates

Dates TBA

(4 Days, 3 Nights)

Participants Group Size

8

Shoot Locations

Munnar, Marayoor and Kolukkamalai area

Tour Cost per person

Rs 30,000/- (Ex-Munnar)

Refer below for TnCs

Key Shoot Themes

Nature landscapes and 

Travel photography

Tour Leaders

Puneet Verma, Himadri Bhuyan

Itinerary Highlights
  • Day 1  Meet and Greet at Munnar hotel. Later Tour Briefing with participants. Late afternoon shoot in and around  Chithirapuram and Karadipara view points. Twilight shoot of Munnar town.

  • Day 2  Sunrise shoot at Old Munnar area. Breakfast and day long excursion to Marayoor area via Anamudi Peak view, Talayar estate view and Lakkam falls. To be followed by a memorable evening cultural show (Kathak        and Kalaripayattu) in a local heritage village.

  • Day 3  Sunrise shoot in Munnar outskirts. After breakfast, check out from hotel and head to explore Top station  area via Kundala lake and Yellapatty village view and myriad tea estates. Head to Suryenelli hotel after that (via the lovely Periyakanal Falls) and shoot evening /night naturescapes.

  • Day 4  Early morning jeep ride to Kolukkamalai view point. Tea Factory visit after that and later breakfast and check out from hotel. Head back to Munnar town via shooting Anairangal Dam, Devikulam and Lockhart Gap areas. Reach town, lunch, souvenir shopping and tour closure.

INCLUSIONS:

  • On location photography mentoring including planning, creative vision and shooting

  • On location learning of beginner to advanced Tips/Techniques about landscape image making

  • Image reviews and feedback/inputs during shoots and post shoot catch up sessions 

  • Complete post processing workflow sessions, during non-shoot hours

  • A combined online post processing session for participants on images made during trip, after the tour

  • Experiencing sample gears/kits by Nisi & Vanguard India, for shooting long exposures (on a shared basis)

  • Educational presentations/content

  • Travel in comfortable vehicle

  • Stays are at comfortable Home stays or Budget properties, on twin sharing basis.

  • 2 meals on all tour days (breakfast and dinner).

  • And, last but not the least - a great time shooting, learning and making new friends.

EXCLUSIONS:

  • To and From Munnar travel arrangements/costs.

  • Expenses of personal nature including tips to locals, shopping etc.

  • Any cost arising out of emergencies (medical/otherwise) for any participant

  • Any entry/camera/other fees, wherever applicable

Photography (and related) Gear Expected from Participants:

  • 1 Camera body

  • 1 Mid range zoom lens (24-70-105 range)

  • 1 Wide angle lens (16 mm or wider, desirable)

  • 1 Telephoto lens (uptil 200mm, optional)

  • 1 Sturdy Tripod

  • 1 Camera Bag

  • Camera accessories like memory cards, spare batteries, chargers, microfiber cloths, small towels etc.

  • Long Exposure Filter Kits (absolutely optional, we can help provide surely)

  • Rain covers for Bag (Much needed. We recommend 2 in fact, for reliable water protection)

  • Poncho/Rain Jacket for self

  • Warm pullovers/Windcheaters to beat the sudden rains/chills/fog 

  • Do try and pack lighter than usual, in case you want to get some local souvenirs/tea packs and home made chocolates back home.

Expectations Setting for Participants:

  • Tour is Ex-Munnar i.e., it starts, ends and covers for expenses in Munnar.

  • This will be a Budget trip. We’ll ensure that stays are at comfortable properties, on a twin sharing basis.

  • Last night stay will be in an offbeat hostel property tucked in tea estates. A deliberate choice to stay close to nature and Kolukkamalai sunrise spots.

  • Travel will be in comfortable Tempo Traveller vehicle

  • Female participants are most welcome. Single occupancy will be provided as needed.

  • Non photography participants are most welcome too, but at the same cost as photography participants.            Also, they should be willing to accept the pace of the tour as photography trips tend to be slower than usual  leisure trips.

  • The core theme for this excursion would be shooting and learning nature landscapes and travel photography 

  • Astro/Night time landscape shoots shall be conducted as per weather dynamics at locations

  • Rising really early in mornings for pre-dawn/sunrise shoots

  • Shoots extending into or at times, done during evening twilights and/or night hours for astro-landscape photography (Will be a bit weather contingent, expectedly)

  • Respect for the place and people, at all times

  • Consideration and camaraderie with fellow participants during shoots and tour in general

  • Adherence to general Covid protocols at all times

  • We'll try our best to enable participants do soak in the local culture be it in terms of people interactions, trying out local cuisine or even a general sensitization about the places that we'll visit.

  • A Whatsapp group shall be formed before the tour start, to facilitate communications and logistics

Terms & Conditions:

  • 50% of the tour cost (i.e, Rs 15,000) to be paid in advance for booking confirmation. Remaining 50% (i.e, Rs 15,000) to be paid 10 Days before the tour.

  • Cancellation fee : 25% of the tour cost uptill 10 days prior, 100% of advance after that.

  • In case due to any unforeseen circumstance, a participant wishes to leave in between the trip, no refund shall be provided.

  • Tour plans are contingent to Covid situation. If the tour cancellations occur due to the same, then full refund shall be provided.

  • In case of mid tour cancellation due to any unforeseen event/natural calamity or any situation beyond our control, no pro-rated refund shall be provided.

  • There will be no refund for No Shows

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