The Geoffrey Bawa Architecture Tour
July 4th – 14th July 2020
Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa is the developer of the Tropical Modern style and considered to be Asia’s Frank Lloyd Wright. This trip is ideal for architects, decorators or anyone who appreciates good design.
We arrive at the Galle Face – one of Asia’s most celebrated colonial-era grand hotels. We visit Bawa House in Colombo, take in the magnificent gardens of Lunaganga, Bawa’s weekend retreat. We stay at award-winning Bawa hotels – Blue Water and The Lighthouse – in the heritage-listed trading port of Galle. Many of the old Dutch trading warehouses are being lovingly restored, so it is a hub of design and renovation. We have lunch at the incredible luxury villas of Claughton House.
Back up the coast to Kandy, the capital of what was Ceylon. The Temple of the Tooth is one of the world’s pre-eminent Buddhist ceremonies. We spend two nights based at the Bawa inspired Dambulla Lake while exploring the ancient cave temples and hill fort in the Cultural Triangle. Best for last is a tour of the Hotel Heritance Kandalama – the most celebrated work of Geoffrey Bawa. It is cut into a cliff face and covered in Jungle. Our last night is in the Bawa Inspired Negombo Blue which is only 20 minutes from the airport.
ITINERARY AT A GLANCE
July 4 – 14th, 2020
Day 1: COLOMBO
Check in the day before we depart. Since many flights arrive late at night, some guests prefer to book an extra night. This can be arranged if you prefer to arrive Saturday 14th.
Day 2: COLOMBO
After breakfast we visit #11 Bawa House. Bawa purchased four adjoining terraces which he used as a house and studio. It has been kept it the original condition. Nearby is the impressive Galle Face Hotel where we have morning tea/light lunch. Then a tour of the city before dinner at the Galleria Paradise Road. This was Bawa’s main working office and is now a successful restaurant and Gallery.
Day 3: BENTOTA
In the 1970s Bawa was commissioned by the then burgeoning Tourism Authority to design a “Tourism Village”. The idea, before the arrival of cheap air travel, was to take the train and guests to walk to one of the five hotels in the complex. We stay at one of the two completed Bawa designed hotels.
Day 4: BENTOTA
Lunaganga was Bawa’s weekend retreat and passion project. Over years he built a number of villas as well as completely remodelling the land to fully encompass the views over the lake. In the afternoon we take the colourful coast road on to Galle in time to the ramparts walk, the fort walls of this ancient trading port. Our hotel is the fabulous Jetwing Lighthouse.
Day 5: GALLE
The next morning it is 1.5-hour drive to have lunch at Claughton House. Some say that if Bawa is the Frank Lloyd Wright of Asia, this is his Falling Water. We have time to visit Hirikitiya Beach – a perfect crescent shaped, picturesque tropical beach.
Day 6: KANDY
Our longest day on the road is five hours from Galle to Kandy. We visit the tooth temple at night where the Lord Buddha’s tooth is kept.
Day 7: DAMBULLA
The Dambulla Lake Hotel is a new modern, Bawa inspired hotel. We check in and then visit the cave temples, statues and dwellings that were carved in to the rocks, some as early as the 1st century BC.
Day 8: KANDY
The Heritance Kandalama is Bawa’s most famous building. It is moulded into the side of a cliff and covered in jungle. The afternoon is left open for guests to choose: Ayervedic massage and spa, the elephant park or visit a local village and see traditional building methods.
Day 9: KANDY to COLOMBO
We need an early start to climb famous Lion Rock – Sri Lanka’s most popular and memorable activity. Back to the hotel for breakfast, shower and the drive to Negombo. Our beach hotel is also a Bawa creation and a short drive to the international airport.
Day 10: NEGOMBO
Shuttle to the airport. If your flight is late at night, we can request a late check out so you can have another relaxing day at the beach or around the pool.
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