Geoffrey Bawa; An Architectural Tour of Sri Lanka
13 days from £6,600 for 2023 per person
Geoffrey Bawa... An Architectural Tour of Sri Lanka is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Winter Sun Trips.
This tour draws pure inspiration from the late, great and talented Sri Lankan architect, Geoffrey Bawa. Sri Lanka is often thought of as ‘India light’ and people visit for its dreamy beaches and balmy weather, but it also has a strong modern design and architectural history that’s often overlooked. Bawa helped give Sri Lanka an individual and sophisticated sense of style, and produced sustainable architecture long before it became a fashionable trend. On this exciting and stirring itinerary, you will visit the places he lived in, designed and drew inspiration from.
Start your Bawa journey in Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle where you will visit such sights as Sigiriya and Dambulla, as well as the ancient city of Anuradhapura. Whilst you discover Sri Lanka’s ancient past, stay at perhaps Bawa’s most dramatic architectural creation. Built into a cliff face and overlooking the Kandalama reservoir, this hotel encompasses all that is sustainable in a hotel. With multiple layers and about a kilometre in length, over the years the hotel has been enveloped by the jungle as if it has always been part of the landscape.
From Kandalama to Kandy, where you will explore the historical city and visit the Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya. Next, head to Sri Lanka's capital city of Colombo, and visit Geoffrey Bawa’s home and architectural studio, which was transformed into Colombo's most loved restaurant, The Gallery Café. Whilst Bawa’s office has been transformed into a bar, the space has been kept much as it was during Bawa’s time with and open courtyard and a reflecting pool.
From Colombo continue on to the coast and stay at the modernist beach property, Villa Bentota. From here, you can also visit Club Villa Bentota next door, also designed by Bawa. From here, carry onto his country house estate Lunuganga which remains close to the beach resort of Bentota. This masterpiece was a true labour of love, a 50-year project which documented his ability to tame wild tropics and turn them into a cultivated vision.
This luxury tour is purely a suggested itinerary. It can be booked as it is or alternatively used as a starting point for creating your own perfect bespoke holiday to Sri Lanka. If you'd like to see similar trips, take a look at our collection of Epic Journeys; as well as our favourite Active, Beach, Wildlife and Family Holiday itineraries.
13 days from £6,600 for 2023 per person
- Day 1 - Heritance Kandalama - Kandalama
On arrival in Colombo you will be driven to Sigiriya.
- Day 2 - Heritance Kandalama - Kandalama
Day exploring Dambulla and Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
- Day 3 - Kandy House - Kandy
Drive to Kandy. Visit the Temple of the Tooth to see the evening Pooja ceremony.
- Day 4 - Kandy House - Kandy
Explore the Botanical Gardens, local markets, and return to Temple of the Tooth for a guided tour.
- Day 5 - Tintagel - Colombo
Drive to Colombo. Afternoon city sightseeing.
- Day 6 - Tintagel - Colombo
Morning visit to the Geoffrey Bawa museum. Afternoon at leisure.
- Day 7 - Lunuganga - Bentota
Drive to Bentota. Afternoon at leisure.
- Day 8 - Lunuganga - Bentota
Morning visit to Bevis Bawa's Brief Gardens. Rest of the day at leisure.
- Day 9 - 42 Lighthouse Street - Galle
Drive to Galle and guided tour of UNESCO Galle Fort.
- Day 10 - 42 Lighthouse Street - Galle
Day at leisure
- Day 11 - The Last House - Tangalle
Drive to Tangalle. Afternoon at leisure.
- Day 12 - The Last House - Tangalle
Day at leisure.
- Day 13 - In transit.
Transfer to Colombo for flight home.
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
- Mr David Wallace, North India
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
- Matthew Annable, Rajasthan, India
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
- Jaime Benitez, South India
- Leslie Siben, India
- Anonymous, India