Sri Lanka and the work of Geoffrey Bawa
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Info : Sri Lanka and the work of Geoffrey Bawa

This tour of Sri Lanka takes in many of the country's highlights with a focus on the work of its most famous architect Geoffrey Bawa and the heritage that inspired him. You’ll experience his work first hand visiting and staying in several properties he designed. There will be time to take in ancient sites and other more traditional buildings too – both traditional Sri Lankan and Dutch Colonial. These were important influences on Bawa as he developed his famous 'tropical modernism' architectural style. Since much of Bawa’s work was on Sri Lanka’s south coast you’ll have plenty of beach time too: it’s a holiday after all!

Highlights include:

  • Visit Lunuganga, Bawa’s home and lifelong project and the garden that inspired his career.
  • Stay at both Club Villa and The Last House, two gorgeous beachside boutique hotels designed by Bawa as villas on the beautiful south coast.
  • Explore The Cultural Triangle where ancient sites like Sigiriya and Anuradhapura show the importance of Sri Lanka in the architecture field since as far back as 477CE.
  • Stay at the Kandalama Hotel, one of the best examples of Bawa's skill in adapting design to suit environment. This is a one-off property in an enchanting location.
  • Visit Bawa’s Colombo residence and the city's parliament complex that he designed (special permission will be obtained!)

Along the way, there will be many stops for little visited buildings and architectural gems around the country. We can of course tailor-make your itinerary to suit you at no extra cost.

Contact us today to discuss how this holiday could work for you. 

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Inclusions

- International flights.

- All accommodation and meals as stated.

- All tours and transfers as stated.

 

 

Day-to-Day Itinerary : Sri Lanka and the work of Geoffrey Bawa

Day 1 Depart The UK

Today you’ll depart the UK on an overnight flight to Sri Lanka

Day 2 Negombo

Upon arrival in Sri Lanka your chauffeur-guide will meet you for the short transfer to Jetwing Lagoon (originally Blue Lagoon). This was one of Bawa’s first hotel projects and sits conveniently close to the airport for a first night stop. Availability permitting you’ll stay in The Bawa Room.

Day 3-5 The Cultural Triangle

This morning your chauffeur-guide will whisk you off to the Cultural Triangle where you’ll spend three days exploring the sights whilst based at Bawa’s terrific Kandalama hotel.

During your time in the Cultural Triangle there will be chance to climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress, explore the ancient city of Anuradhapura and discover the cave temples at Dambulla. There is flexibility built into your tour and a few Experience Travel twists!

Day 6 & 7 Kandy

Your guide will transfer you to Kandy and two days will be spent in and around Sri Lanka’s second city. There will be chance to explore the sacred Temple of the Tooth and to consider some of the city's beautiful but less visited temples too. Kandy is surrounded by lush countryside and makes a great base for some outdoor adventures should you wish. Accommodation here will be at The Kandy House, a stunning converted aristocratic house.

Day 8 & 9 Colombo

Time to explore the capital and there is no better way to do so than with a Colombo City Walk. The engaging local guide will bring the heart of the city to life and you’ll feel the influences that have shaped Colombo over the years. Whilst in the capital city there is chance to visit No 11, Geoffrey Bawa’s Colombo Residence, we'll also obtain special permission for you to explore the parliament complex he designed.  Finish the day with dinner at Paradise Road Café, not just a great spot for a meal but also Bawa’s old office.

Day 10-11 Bentota

Journey with your guide along the coast to Bentota where you’ll check in to the Bawa designed Club Villa for a two-night stay. During your time here you’ll get to explore Lunaganga, Bawa’s home and the place that inspired him to study architecture. There is also chance to visit his brother’s home with its beautifully landscaped gardens.

Day 12-15 Tangalle

En route from Club Villa to The Last House you’ll stop for a spot of lunch at The Lighthouse Hotel, one of Bawa’s final projects. Of course his last house was The Last House where you’ll spend your last four nights in Sri Lanka. Your time here is free to relax, enjoy the beautiful coastal setting and reflect on your holiday and adventure.

Day 16 fly Home

Transfer to Colombo Airport for your flight back to the UK.


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