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Bawa & Beyond

Private Tour

A unique itinerary crafted around the works of world-renowned Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa. Bawa, considered to be one of the first architects to explore Tropical Modernism, left a strong legacy behind him. This private tour of Sri Lanka will reveal to you some of his best, and less-known, works across the country. This journey also allows you to explore the contemporary and classical art scene in Colombo and catch a glimpse of traditional Sri Lankan art. Visit and stay at Bawa’s very own creations including The Last House in Tangalle. Packed with some of the country’s best world heritage and historical sites, incredible boutique and luxury accommodation and unique activities. Discover Bawa’s Sri Lanka and explore places such as Kandy, Dambulla, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa and Galle.

HIGHLIGHTS :

  • Visit Bawa’s town house in Colombo
  • Explore Bawa’s country house ‘Lunuganga Estate’ and his brother Bewis Bawa’s Brief Garden
  • Stay at Bawa’s own creations including Kandalama Hotel, The Last House and Boutique 87
  • Explore the Cultural Triangle including ruins of Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla Cave Temple
  • Visit the Temple of Tooth in Kandy
  • Take a scenic route train ride through Sri Lanka’s tea country
  • Stay at a restored plantation bungalow in the midst of a tea plantation with its luxurious setting, gourmet food and butler service
  • Explore the tea gardens with an expert and learn the art of tea tasting
  • Visit the Nine Arch Bridge and be amazed
  • Go in search of the Sri Lankan leopard on safari in Yala National Park
  • Stay in an upmarket tented accommodation and immerse yourself in the country’s beautiful natural surroundings
  • Explore Galle Fort with an insider and learn the hidden secrets of this heritage city on a walking tour

IDEAL FOR :

Those with a keen interest in architecture, art and culture coupled with wildlife adventures and unique luxury accommodation.

Bawa & Beyond

1Arrive Colombo

Today you will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel in Colombo, a drive of 45 minutes.

2Colombo

Explore Colombo’s upcoming art scene with an expert artist and local resident. Enjoy the opportunity to linger through a diverse array of displays in art galleries to old temples that showcase centuries old treasures and contemporary works. A truly unique way to experience Sri Lanka’s capital city. This afternoon, a chance to learn more about the world or art and design in Sri Lanka with a light-hearted conversion with a local architect over a cup of Ceylon tea/coffee.

3Colombo

This morning is for relaxation: go for a dip in the pool or curl up with a good book. Later, you will be driven to Paradise Road Gallery café, once the office of Geoffrey Bawa, and now converted to an upmarket restaurant with alfresco dinning. Spend some time enjoying a meal. Later this afternoon visit Geoffrey Bawa’s Town House, filled with an introspective assemblage of courtyards, verandas and open spaces creating a haven in the midst of the city of Colombo surrounded by busyness.

4Colombo - Dambulla

Drive to the Cultural Triangle this morning, stopping along the at Dambulla Cave Temple. Dambulla Cave Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site consists of five caves in one of the largest and best-preserved complexes of beautifully painted statues surrounded by equally beautiful wall paintings. Later, continue to your accommodation, another wonderful creation of renowned Geoffrey Bawa. Spend the remainder of your day at leisure.

5Dambulla

Early this morning visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress: one of Sri Lanka’s biggest attractions. The climb consists of 1200 steps, a doable climb by stopping to catch some breath. This 5th century BC marvel is recognized as the 8th World Wonder with its still remaining structures of water gardens, frescos and stunning panoramic views from the summit. All worth the climb. This afternoon visit the ruins of the medieval kingdom of Polonnaruwa. Polonnaruwa signifies the matrimony of Sri Lankan and Indian architecture. Ponder on the great giant granite statues at Gal Viharaya and walk through the ruins of royal palaces, stupas and ancient ruins.

6Dambulla - Kandy

Drive to Kandy, the last kingdom of Sri Lanka before British rule. En route visit another ancient architectural wonder Nalanda Gedige where Dravidian architectural influence is prevalent in a Buddhist temple. On arrival in Kandy visit the sacred Buddhist Temple of Tooth before heading to a relaxed afternoon in your luxury boutique accommodation in the hills of suburban Kandy.

7Kandy - Nuwara Eliya

This morning board a train from Kandy to the tea country on a scenic train ride. Enjoy the panoramic views and fresh mountainous, all too good to miss out. On arrival check in to your boutique accommodation. Immerse yourself in the delightful artistic surroundings of your accommodation and explore Nuwara Eliya town at your own leisure.

8Nuwara Eliya

Discover Sri Lanka’s tea history and legacy in greater detail today. An expert local guide with take you on a journey to discover the tea gardens and introduce you to the art of tea making. Test your taste buds with a tea tasting experience included. Spend the remainder of your day at leisure.

9Nuwara Eliya - Ella

This morning drive to Ella for your stay at a tea plantation. Your accommodation is a beautifully restored planter’s bungalow surrounded by a working tea plantation. Indulge in the delicate gourmet cuisine and be pampered by butler service

10Ella

Opt to go on a short hike this morning to view the amazing architectural creation of the Nine Arch Bridge, reminiscent of the magnificent colonial railway structures built by British colonisers. Enjoy fresh cooler climate and the luxurious comforts of your accommodation for the remainder of your day

11Ella - Yala

Head to the dry deciduous forest of Yala today for your wildlife encounters. Stay close to the Yala National Park in an upmarket tented accommodation. Late afternoon leave for your first leopard safari in Yala National Park with an experienced in-house ranger. Be prepared to be amazed by the diversity and the beauty of the park.

12Yala

Rise early today for your second wildlife and leopard safari in Yala. Yala National Park boasts the highest density of leopard population and the chances of spotting this beautiful animal is much greater than anywhere else in the world. In the afternoon relax and enjoy the comforts of your accommodation or take a nature walk.

13Yala - Tangalle

This morning depart for the south coast of the country for your beach stay. Enjoy the beauty and comforts of your boutique hotel, designed by the master architect Bawa, his last project.

14Tangalle

Today you are at leisure to enjoy the facilities at your hotel or to explore the area.

15Tangalle

Another day at leisure. Take a slow walk or a dip in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean at the doorstep of your hotel. Go on a leisurely walk down the beach and watch the local fishermen returning with the day’s catch.

16Tangalle - Galle

This morning proceed to Galle Fort, a UNESCO heritage city with its pebbled pathways, and quaint boutiques. Explore this unique and much loved city on a guided walk with an insider and discover the upcoming food scene, restored mansions and where the locals shop and play

17Galle - Bentota

Travel to Bentota today. Embrace the unique opportunity to stay at a heritage property, a few remaining ‘shop houses’, a loving restoration of legendary Bawa. Enjoy the sprawling garden, tranquil waters of the lake and indulge in the slower pace of life. Your stay is almost private.

18Bentota

Today visit Bawa’s country home, Lunuganga Estate, the great architect himself developed over 40 years until his death. Explore this unique space on a guided tour. Later visit Bevis Bawa’s Brief Garden, a harmonious and intimate design that were incorporated patiently by Bevis over years that yet remains spectacularly beautiful.

19Bentota - Colombo - Depart Colombo

Today transfer to the Colombo International airport for your departure transfer.

Testimonials

Perhaps the best testimony is the fact that this is my third trip and hopefully not the last.

Prices & Inclusions

Deluxe

  • Valid untill 30 June 2021 (excluding December 2020 & January 2021) From A$7,685^

Prices are indicative only & subject to change.

Inclusions

Included:

  • Accommodation with breakfast at hotels listed
  • All meals at the hotels in Nuwara Eliya and Bentota for 4 nights
  • All inclusive (meals & drinks) at the hotels in Ella and Yala for 4 nights
  • All transfers, touring and sightseeing by private air-conditioned vehicle with an English speaking driver /guide
  • Train tickets (subject to availability)
  • Private sightseeing with English speaking driver / guide
  • Entrance fees to monuments: ruins of Polonnaruwa , Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Dambulla Cave Temple, Temple of Tooth, Nalanda Gedige,
  • Lunch at Gallery Cafe in Colombo
  • A visit to Bawa's Town House at No: 11 in Colombo
  • Art Tour with a well - known local artist/collector
  • A lighthearted chat over a coffee with a local architect
  • Visit the Nine Arch Bridge in Ella
  • 02 jeep safaris into Yala National park with the in - house naturalist at the tented accommodation
  • Galle Fort Walking Tour with an insider
  • Visit Geoffrey Bawa's Lunuganga Estate and Bewis Bawa's Brief Garden
  • Assistance on arrival and departure at the airport and at train stations
  • 24-hour support through our local representative office
  • Bottled water available in the vehicle
  • Sri Lankan government taxes

Not Included:

  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, communications, gratuities, etc
  • Meals, excursions and activities other than those specified as included
  • Visa fees and Electronic Travel Authorisation

Additional inclusions may vary from private tour to private tour. A full list of inclusions and exclusions will be provided with each individual enquiry/quote.

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