Geoffrey Bawa Tour in Sri Lanka

The Geoffrey Bawa Tour in Sri Lanka by Blue Lanka Tours is a tribute to the late, famous, and
gifted Sri Lankan architect, Geoffrey Bawa. People visit Sri Lanka for its gorgeous beaches and
mild weather, but it also boasts a strong modern design and architectural heritage that is
sometimes neglected. Bawa contributed to Sri Lanka’s distinct and refined sense of style, and
he pioneered ecological design long before it was trendy. You will explore the areas where he
lived, created, and drew inspiration on this thrilling and riveting journey.

Begin your Bawa tour in Sri Lanka’s main City-escape Colombo, where you will visit Geoffrey
Bawa’s house and architectural studio in Colombo, which has been turned into Colombo’s
most popular restaurant, The Gallery Café. While Bawa’s office has been converted into a bar,
the area has been preserved during Bawa’s tenure, complete with an open courtyard and a
reflecting pool.

Next head towards, The Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka, including Sigiriya and Dambulla. Stay at
possibly Bawa’s most stunning architectural achievement while exploring Sri Lanka’s ancient
heritage. This hotel, built into a cliff face and overlooking the Kandalama reservoir, embodies
all that is sustainable in a hotel. With numerous layers and a length of almost a kilometer, the
hotel has been engulfed by the jungle throughout the years, as if it had always been a part of
the terrain.

Heading down from Kandalama to Kandy – you will explore the Kandy City with its historical
significance of the colonial hybridity. On the one hand, you have the Temple of the Tooth – A
UNESCO World Heritage Site and on the other an extremely colonized town with sprawling
streets full of English buildings and architecture.

You will head to the most stunning Geoffrey Bawa sites in Bentota from Kandy. Lunuganga by
Geoffrey Bawa is his country’s estate. The estate has been preserved as Bawa left it at the time
of his death, and it is currently managed as a country home boutique hotel by the Tear Drop
chain, providing an unmatched chance to experience the architect’s vision in the way he
intended: by occupying it. Indulging two days in Lunuganga, you will head next to Galle to
Jetwing Lighthouse.

This tour, like all of our itineraries, is merely a starting point. We can entirely customize it to
your requests, pace, and style. Contact us today to learn more about how this suggested
itinerary might inspire your vacation when in Sri Lanka with Blue Lanka Tours.

At a glance

Trip length

8 days


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When to go

All year around


Airport – Hotel – Tour attractions – Airport

Picture your self

Taking a Morning Stroll in Geoffrey Bawa’s Country Estate

Watching the vistas from Kandalama Hotel

Having high tea at Blue Water Hotel Wadduwa

Enjoying your time at Jetwing Lighthouse

Not to miss in this tour

ElephantDining at Paradise Road Gallery Café

ElephantAn evening High Tea at Blue Water Wadduwa

ElephantSunset from Lunuganga

dineThe views from Kandalama Hotel

Day 1 BIA to Colombo

• Airport Pickup & Transfer to Colombo
• Visit No 11 Geoffrey Bawa’s Home
• Visit Paradise Road Gallery Cafe
• Overnight stay in Colombo

Sigiriya Rock Fortress Sri Lanka
Day 2 Colombo to Sigiriya

• Transfer to Sigiriya
• Explore Sigiriya Lions Rock Fortress
• Overnight stay in Sigiriya at Heritance Kandalama which is an architect by Geoffrey Bawa

Day 3 Sigiriya to Kandy

• Transfer to Kandy
• En route visit Dambulla Caves Temple
• Blessings at Kandy Temple of Tooth
• Evening Enjoy Cultural Dance Show at 05.00 pm
• Overnight stay in Kandy

Day 4 Kandy to Bentota

• Transfer to Bentota
• High Tea at Blue Water Wadduwa Hotel which Geoffrey Bawa designed
• Visit The Villa Bentota, originally designed by Geoffrey Bawa
• Overnight stay at Lunuganga Bentota By Teardrop Hotels

Day 5 Bentota

• Explore Lunuganga Garden
• Enjoy the Hotel Facilities
• Overnight stay at Lunuganga Bentota By Teardrop Hotels

Day 6 Bentota to Galle

• Transfer towards Galle
• En-route visit Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project
• Lunch at Heritance Ahungalla which was designed by Geoffrey Bawa
• Explore Galle Dutch Fort and City
• Overnight stay at Jetwing Lighthouse, originally designed by Geoffrey Bawa

Day 7 Galle

• Leisure at Hotel
• Overnight stay at Jetwing Lighthouse, originally designed by Geoffrey Bawa

SriLankan Airline 02
Day 8 Galle to BIA

• Airport Transfer

Trail on the ground


Q. Can we visit No. 11 Geoffrey Bawa’s House any time?
A. Opening hours are 10.00 am to 03.30 pm and closed on weekends.

Q. Are Lunuganga and Brief Garden the same?
A. No, those are two different gardens designed by two brothers. Lunuganga Garden by Geoffrey Bawa and Brief Garden by Bevis Bawa.

Q. Are medical facilities available at hotels?
A. Most of the hotels have on-call doctor assistance and some hotels have a resident nurse.

Q. How many days before we should apply for the VISA?
A. You can apply for the visa online closer to your travel date.

Real people, real views

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Insightful Tips

  • Sunscreen is a must when you are in Sigirya and Galle
  • Bring clothes that can cover your hands because you may be exposed to a lot of sun and also because you will be visiting temples
  • Don’t forget your cameras
  • Carry a hat with you, this will come in handy

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