This combination of study trip and beach holiday is worked out for our Chinese clients in particular. It shall offer a large variety of diverse impressions of our tropical island Sri Lanka. In addition to relaxation at sandy beaches during most of the time of this 1-week-tour this itinerary also includes: Ayurveda massage, mangrove marsh land boat safari and birdwatching, sacred sites of 4 different religions, fishing port, elephant bathing, spice garden, tea factory, hill capital Kandy, traditional dance show, whitewater rafting, a prehistoric site and especially a former abode of the famous Chinese pilgrim Faxian (Fa-Hien) who not only visited India but spent two year on our island, too, for his Buddhist studies, leaving a report that is still a most valuable Chinese source for Sri Lankan historians.
Day 01 - Airport / Negombo:
Upon your arrival at Colombo International Airport our driver or guide will welcome you and transfer you to your seaside 2 - or 3-star hotel in Negombo, driving from the airport to the hotel will only take 15 minutes.
Day 02 - Negombo / Muthurajawela / Ayurveda Massage and relaxation:
After breakfast time for leisure at the beach, in order to have a rest from your long flight and nighttime arrival. We start a Negombo city tour after lunchtime, including the fish market area, the Dutch Canal, a Buddhist temple, a Tamil Hindu temple, a Muslim mosque, a typical Negombo church, and afterwards the cenral shopping complex. The late afternoon hours are the best time for your boat safari in the marsh land of Muthurajawela at the southern end of the Negombo lagoon. Here you can watch crocodiles, lots of native species of water birds and, during wintertime, migratory species as well. Dinner and second overnight stay in your hotel in Negombo.
Day 03 - Pinnawela Elephants / Spice Garden / Tea Plantation / Kandy:
After early breakfast leave for Kandy, on the way visit the world-famous Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawela, here you can watch the elephant's feeding and training, participate in their babies' bottle feeding, and enjoy the view of the huge elephant herd's bathing in the nearby river. Afterwards visit a tropical spice garden and a Ceylon tea factory. In the afternoon check in at your hotel in Kandy, our hillcountry's cultural capital, then take part in a Kandy city tour and join a puja ceremony at Sri Lanka's most venerated Buddhist shrine, the Sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic. After dinner enjoy a cultural show featuring various dance types of Sri Lanka. Dinner and overnight stay in a 3-star hotel in Kandy, its location only 1 km outside the town centre offering a lovely view to the Kandy lake and hillforests and temples.
Day 04 - Kandy / Kithulgala river rafting / Pahiyangala cave / Wadduwa beach:
After breakfast in your Kandy hotel proceed to Kithulgala, experience the adventure of whitewater river rafting in rubber boats, and see the location where the famous movie "The bridge on the river Kwai" was shot. After lunchtime drive to Pahiyangala, a less frequented place, but of special interest for Chinese travellers, "Pahiyan" is the Sinhalese transcription for "Faxian" or "Fa Hien", who is one of China's most important historical pilgrims to India and a well-known ancient scholar in South East Asia. He is believed to have lived several weeks in this Pahiyangala cave on his way from Anuradhapura to the Buddha's footprint on top of the mountain Adam's Peak. This Pahiyangala cave, by the way the largest rock-shelter ("abri") in South Asia, furthermore is of significance as the find spot of South Asia's oldest fossils of Homo sapiens, belonging to our island's so-called Balangoda culture. After sunset arrival at the final destination for your beach holidays in a 3-star hotel in Wadduwa.
Days 05-07 -Beach holdays in Wadduwa:
Spend four nights in a seaside hotel in Wadduwa providing an additional swimming pool, Wadduwa is perfectly located half-way between Sri Lanka's busy capital Colombo and the watersports centre Bentota, both located in only 30 kilometers distance from your hotel to the north and to the south respectively. Not included in the price: opportunities to visit the capital Colombo for sightseeing or shopping, half-hour drive to Bentota, sea turtles farm in Kosgoda, daytrip to World Heritage Site Galle and Coral banks of Hikkaduwa, boat safari on the madhu ganga etc.
Day 08 - Transfer to the Airport:
After check-out leave to Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport, arriving for check in approximately 3 hours before departure
PLEASE NOTE: Arrival time of flights from China to Colombo is usually only a few hours before (or even after) midnight, this is why on the first day of your round trip we only offer transfer to the hotel in the nearby beach resort Negombo. In case you arrive in the morning or early afternoon hours we can arrange some additional itinerary for the first day (visiting Maha Oya river mouth) without extra charge, but costs for an optional boat trip in that area are not included in our price offer, only the scheduled boat trip on the second day (in Muthurajawela) is already included.
PLEASE ALSO NOTE: Most flights back from Colombo to Chinese destinations also start at nighttime. This means: Arrival in China usually is on the following day, so this would be day 9 of the total journey. In case you only like to offer an 8-days-trip, e.g. starting on a Saturday in China and return to China on the next Saturday instead of Sunday, you please inform us to cut one night at the Wadduwa beach resort (then only 3 overnight stays instead of 4) and to offer you a better rate.