Kamabala Buffalo Race

Kambala is a buffalo race event popular in Coastal Karnataka districts. Kambala is a spectacular sport and entertainment event for villagers and is equally popular with tourists and photographers.

Kambala is performed on two parallel race tracks, filled with slushy water and best of buffalos held together with ploughs and ropes. Join us along with our Theyyam Photography Experience scheduled from 15th Jan to 19th January 2022.


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Kambala Race and Dance of the Gods -  A Guided Photography Journey to cover Most Amazing Festivals – Kambala & Theyyam, January 2022

The blissful state of Karnataka and Kerala have great wealth of cultural traditions . The celebrations of these traditions is through an array of races, fairs and festivals which can be any photographer’s delight stories. They bring forward ancient myths that speak of gods, goddesses, saints, heroes and demons who once walked through this incredible land inspiring extreme Photo-Journeys.


About - Kambala

Kambala is an annual mud splashing buffalo race held in the southwestern Indian state of Karnataka. Traditionally, it is sponsored by local Tuluva landlords and households in the coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada . A event that offers sight and sound that beholds all photographers.


About - The Dance of the Gods

One of the most special and extraordinary festivals one can witness in Kerala is none other than Theyyam. The word Theyyam literally means ‘God‘ and hence the Theyyam dance is known as the ‘Dance of Gods‘. 


Performed by men enacting female roles too by wearing elaborate make-up, intricate headgears and colorful costumes It is unique, powerful and a divine splendour to watch and Shoot - colourful costumes , exotic make-up and hair raising dance moves are the main highlights of Theyyam. 


The colours and lighting can be mind-boggling , feast your ears with the hypnotic chants and rhythmic drumbeats as well as your eyes with the colourful pageantry and vigorous dance moves that are any photographer’s dream project.


Be prepared for erratic sleep hours as many of these festivities run late into the night and even early hours of the morning . We shall have many hours of guided photography shoot sessions covering most intricate Genres as we travel along the coast to witness the authentic celebrations around Dance of the Gods with Highly acclaimed photo-mentor & Travel Photographer Dheeraj Paul & Indian Photo Tours operations team ensuring highest safety precautions protocols during travel and stay. 



An exclusive behind the scenes as well as beach shoot session of world famous Kalaripayuttu is planned during sundowner along with many blue hours and sunset shoots (subject to availability and Covid prevention SOP’s). Continuous Critique sessions, guidance, shoot sessions and discussions in an interactive exciting environment.



15th to 19th of January 2022. 5 Days / 4 Nights stay and includes all meals . The group meets at Mangalore on 15th January 2022 before 3.00PM, which is well connected by air , road and rail with major towns of India. The group can take flight out from Kannur international airport on 19th January 2022 late evening.


Strict Hygiene and Precautions

Our Comprehensive Stay & Travel Safe policy ensures highest safety precautions & protocols during group travel and stay. Single occupancy subject to availability on first come first basis. Social distancing & usage of Face masks are compulsory as deemed.


Inland Travel : to various festival village locations at Mangalore (during Kambala) & Kannur Airport drop can be arranged on actuals at Kannur.


Enquiry : 

If you want to be on  this Master Class and need any assistance/information, call Indian Photo Tours at 9910903636 /9811044788 or write to us at

Birder's Bonanza, Blockbuster Photo-Tour to Thattekad & Munnar, January 2022 

The one-of-a-kind Master Class in picture perfect ambience and masked in the glory of abundant flora and fauna of two of the most sought after Birding destinations of Thattekad and Munnar-  is surely a super duper Birding Bonanza.


Bird photography presents many unique challenges and this Masterclass offers an opportunity to learn photographic techniques help you understand and master various lighting situations while photographing birds. understanding very important aspects of bird photography such as focussing in order to capture images of birds in-flight or of birds taking off or landing along with live onsite instructions on type of autofocus, autofocus points and focus modes enabling you to photograph birds as you never have before.


Be assured of many stunning images of the various species of Birds both endemic as well as migratory an award-winning photography mentor Dheeraj Paul who shall provide you with professional

tips and insights on how to capture the perfect shot in their natural habitat. You will certainly have a better grasp of and feel more confident with your camera after this masterclass.


The Birds in focus at these two places shall be  Ashy Wood Swallow, Black Headed Oriole, Ash Tail, Ashly Drongo, Bronzed Drongo, Blue Kingfisher, Bronze Winged Jacana, Ceylon Frogmouth, Created Woodpecker, Crested Goshawk, Changeable Hawk Eagle, Chestnut Headed Bee Eater, Coucal, Dollar Bird, Emerald Dove, Eurasian,Golden Oriole, Greater Raquet Tailed Drongo, Lora, Orange Minivet, White Breasted Woodpecker, Jungle Myna, Indian Pitta, Jerdons Nightjar, Indian Cuckoo, Yellow-browed Bulbuls, Darters, Sunbird, Shrike,  Brown wood owl, Indian scops owl, Brown fish owl, Brown hawk owl , Mottiled wood owl and many more...

Tigers Heaven - Tadoba February 2022

Notably Maharashtra's oldest and largest National Park, the "Tadoba National Park", also known as the "Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve" is one of India's 47 project tiger reserves. A couple of hours drive from the city of Nagpur leads us into the heart of tiger country – Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve which holds a healthy tiger population, in addition to many other mammal and bird species.


In Tadoba, the bird-lovers will not suffer for company. With over two hundred species of birds including peafowl, hornbills, woodpeckers, the Crested Hawk Eagle, wagtails, Incredibly colourful Indian Pittas, Orange-headed Thrushes and Flycatchers, Racket-tailed Drongos with their long beautiful tails and Indian Rollers flying around - one can spend hours trying to spot and hunt for images of as many of these brightly hued winged creatures as possible !!


Lead by an award-winning professional Photographer DHEERAJ PAUL along with Indian Photo Tours Mentoring team, who all will guide, inspire and mentor you right throughout the tour, whatever your level of skill and experience.


Tour Dates : 17th to 20th of February 2022

A Classy Photography Road Trip to Insanely Beautiful Lahaul & Spiti - August 2022

This Photo-Journey offers unique combination of travel on mountain roads, easy climbs & treks, shoot sessions at high altitude villages & monasteries deep in the mountain ranges, all while driving along rivers and mind blowing ever changing terrain – everything a Photographer will ever desire !!


The Guided Photo-Journey has been carefully planned & executed to perfection and offers secured comfortable drives in MUV with considerable know-how in travelling and photographing in the region and takes the photo-enthusiasts to a Photo-journey they will never ever forget !! 

Amazing Birds of Bhitarakanika  & Chilika  ~ A Guided Photography Birding Expedition  - December 2021 


Bhitarakanika along with Chilka is considered as one of the most impressive national parks and wetlands in India. Bhitarakanika is home to more than 215 species of birds and is inhabited by the Giant salt-water Crocodiles and various other species like Water Monitor Lizard, King Cobra, and Indian Python. 


Chilika lake and its surrounding area are world famous for its extraordinary natural beauty and migratory Bird and is recognized as one of the most important wetlands in the world because it is home to phenomenal variety of birds, 


Both these places offer photographers a spectacular display of many colorful avian charms  while offering huge Photo learning experiences. .


Lead by an award-winning professional Photographer DHEERAJ PAUL along with Indian Photo Tours Mentoring team, who all will guide, inspire and mentor you right throughout the tour, whatever your level of skill and experience.


Dates : 7th of December to 12th of December 2021 Duration : 6 days / 5 nights / Inclusive of all transfers from Bhubneshwar, Orissa & all meals.


For Registration, please feel free to write ot us at or reach us at 9910903636/ 9811044788.

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Text Copyright Indian Photo Tours 2017-18 & Photo Credits Dheeraj Paul , Sanjiv Bhandula and various Participants/ Photo-enthusiasts who have attended various learning activities conducted by Indian Photo Tours.