General

This tour draws pure inspiration from the late, great and talented Sri Lankan architect, Geoffrey Bawa. Sri Lanka is often visited for its dreamy beaches and balmy weather, but it also holds 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, not only will you visit the places he lived in, designed and drew inspiration from but you will also stay in some of these places. Start your Bawa journey in Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle where you will visit such sights as Dambulla, Anuradhapura and Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Granted World Heritage status by UNESCO, the rock fortress is possibly one of Sri Lanka’s most extraordinary and mesmerising sights. From Dambulla to Kandy, explore this historical and cultural city.

As Sri Lanka’s artistic heart, here you will meet two of the island’s best and most captivating artists. Next, head to the capital city of Colombo and visit Geoffrey Bawa’s home and architectural studio, now 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 an open courtyard and a reflecting pool.

Continue on to his country house estate Lunuganga, 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. Follow the coast and explore the fort in Galle where quaint boutique stores are found within lovingly restored old houses. End your stay relaxing in the beach resort of Tangalle at ‘The Last House’, which, as the name suggests, was Bawa’s final architectural creation.

WHAT’S IN STORE FOR YOU:
NEGOMBO CITY TOUR / SIGIRIYA ROCK FORTRESS / LOCAL VILLAGE TOUR / THE THREE TEMPLE LOOP TOUR / ART & PHILOSOPHY TOUR DRUMMING LESSON / COLOMBO’S CULTURE TOUR / EXPLORATION OF BAWA’S WORKS / THE LUNUGANGA ESTATE / MASK MAKING

Destination Sri Lanka
Cities & Locations Negombo / Dambulla / Kandy / Colombo / Bentota / Galle / Tangalle
Duration 13 Days / 12 Nights

Itinerary

This holiday is solely a suggested itinerary: it can be booked as it is or used as a starting point for creating your very own custom-made tour.


Day 1 Colombo - Negombo

Upon arrival at Colombo Airport you will be met and transferred to your Negombo hotel.

Day 2 Negombo - Dambulla

This morning enjoy a city tour of Negombo before proceeding to Dambulla. Along the way, stop at the ancient city of Anuradhapura.

Day 3 Dambulla

Today enjoy a visit to the renowned Sigiriya Rock Fortress, further enhanced by the remarkable lion paws carved into the entrance, beautiful water gardens and Sigiriya frescoes. A Sri Lankan village tour also offers a unique perspective to daily life here.

Day 4 Dambulla - Kandy

Transfer to Kandy and take part in the ‘Three Temple Loop’ tour. Offering different stories to capture your imagination, visit Gadaladeniya Temple, Lankatilaka Temple and Embekka Temple.

Day 5 Kandy

Today enjoy an art and philosophy tour along with a Sri Lankan drum lesson. Well-known for dancing and artwork including religious frescos, Kandy has produced a marvellous group of artisans.

Day 6 Kandy - Colombo

Transfer to Colombo and enjoy a city tour. Take a peek into a handful of Colombo’s sacred spaces and lively streets.

Day 7 Colombo

Enjoy a tour dedicated to Geoffrey Bawa’s works.

Day 8 Colombo - Bentota

Transfer to Bentota with a stop at Lunuganga Estate along the way.

Day 9 Bentota

Spend the day at leisure. Bentota offers a great beach resort with soft sands and enchanting waters.

Day 10 Bentota - Galle

Transfer to Galle and enjoy a traditional mask making workshop with the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 11-12 Galle - Tangalle

Transfer to Tangalle and spend the next two days at leisure. This lazy fishing town is situated on one of the finest and largest bays of Sri Lanka. With a palm fringed bay, beautiful coves and vast golden beaches Tangalle is a tranquil alternative to the more vibrant tourist beaches.

Day 13 Tangalle - Colombo

Today, transfer to Colombo Airport where tour arrangements end.

Terms & Conditions

Itinerary and price subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. Please refer to our full terms and conditions available on our brochure or from our website. Active Asia reserves the right to alter the hotels and/or the itinerary if needed due to availability and/or adverse weather conditions.

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