Geoffrey Bawa

Geoffrey Bawa
A world class architect and designer

It’s all about pure inspiration from the late world class architect, Geoffrey Bawa – visit the places he lived in, designed and drew
inspiration from. Bawa helped put Sri Lanka on the map as a country with an individual and sophisticated sense of style and produced sustainable
architecture long before it became a fashionable trend.

For decades, Bawa was Sri Lanka’s most influential architect and his own feelings about the country’s cultural heritage protected Sri Lanka’s
uniqueness from foreign influences. Even now, after his death, his standards and aspirations are revered by new generations of Sri Lankan architects
and, in the beautiful renovations of boutique hotels and villas he designed, his traditions are revered.

This tour will allow you to live in and get the feel of properties designed by Bawa and also comprises tours to the ancient kingdoms designed and
built by Sri Lankan kings – a mix of architectural splendour.
Continue onto the Last Kingdom of Ancient Ceylon – the city of Kandy and visit the Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya.
Whilst in Colombo, visit Bawa’s home and architectural studio – now Colombo’s most loved restaurant. Continue onto his country house overlooking
a sea of paddy, located near a beach resort in Bentota and end the tour in Tangalle at ‘The Last House’, which as the name suggests, was the last
villa designed by this world class architectural legend.

Tour Highlights

  • Accommodation in villas and hotels created by Geoffrey Bawa
  • Visit some of the public buildings designed by Bawa such as the Parliament and a university
  • View ancient Ceylon’s architectural heritage as seen in the proud kingdoms
  • Observe the Dutch, Portuguese and British influences along the southern coastal belt
  • Exploration of Colonial bungalows and architecture
  • Visit Bawa’s ultimate lifelong project – the Lunuganga Villa
  • Explore lush tea plantations in the central highlands
  • Relax on the untamed lonely beaches of the south coast
  • Observe wildlife at the Yala National Park

Itinerary Details

Day 1
Kandalama Hotel, Dambulla – on arrival, you will be driven to Dambulla.

Day 2
Kandalama Hotel, Dambulla – day will be spent exploring Mihintale, Anuradhapura and Aukana.

Day 3
Kandalama Hotel, Dambulla – day will be spent exploring Dambulla and the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.

Day 4
Stone House, Kandy – drive to Kandy. En-route visit Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage.

Day 5
Stone House, Kandy – day will be spent exploring the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, Kandy town and the Temple of the

Day 6
Tintagel, Colombo – drive to Colombo. Afternoon city sightseeing.

Day 7
Park Street, Colombo – morning visit to the Geoffrey Bawa museum. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 8
The Villa Bentota, Bentota

Day 9
The Villa Bentota, Bentota – day at leisure.

Day 10
Drive to Lunuganga – overnight at Lulunganga Villa. Day at leisure at the Villa.

Day 11
Drive to Tangalle – afternoon at leisure. The Last House, Tangalle – day at leisure.

Day 12
Chaaya Wild, Yala – drive to the wildlife sanctuary. Afternoon jeep safari.

Day 13
Drive to Tangalle – The Last House, Tangalle. Day at leisure.

Day 14
The Last House, Tangalle – Day at leisure.

Day 15
In transit – transfer to Colombo for flight