Geoffrey Bawa

The Very Best of Geoffrey Bawa

Lunuganga, Bentota, Sri Lanka

Our Bawa & Architecture itinerary is a 14-day specialist taster holiday exploring the unique design flair of Geoffrey Bawa, Sri Lanka's most celebrated contemporary architect.

Geoffrey Bawa is the father of modern architecture in Sri Lanka, the creative innovator behind some of the most iconic contemporary buildings on the island. This specialist guided tour will bring you the best of Bawa while introducing you to the design influences of the past with visits to a few of the country’s significant cultural sites. Visits to and stays in many of his creations are included in this tour.

First stop is Colombo with visits to No.11, 33rd Lane, Geoffrey Bawa’s stunning town house and considered a special architectural marvel, De Saram House, and the new Parliament. Exploring the Cultural Triangle is next with a climb to the summit of Sigiriya rock fortress, a visit to Dambulla cave temples and a guided tour of the medieval capital of Polonnaruwa. Brief stops in Kandy and Ella, before continuing the architectural tour along the south and west coasts around Galle and Bentota, finishing with a visit to Lunuganga, Bawa's own country estate and his lasting legacy on the island. 

The Bawa-designed accommodation included in the tour is Jetwing Lagoon in Negombo, Heritance Kandalama near Dambulla, Jetwing Lighthouse close to Galle fort and Heritance Ahungalla just south of Bentota. There are also overnight stops in Kandy and Ella. If you prefer, stays in some of his intimate villas may be substituted for the hotels - please contact us for more details.

Remember that all of our holidays to Sri Lanka and Maldives are truly tailor made with no set dates, accommodation, duration, routes or visits, so each holiday is unique and specially created to your very own interests and requirements.

Take a look below at the outline itinerary as an inspiration for creating your own architecture-focused holiday.

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“We very much enjoyed the trip and did a lot of Bawa architecture around Bentota and Colombo. Do hope Sri Lanka keeps the tourist invasion under control!!”

Liz & Stephen