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Geoffrey Bawa: An Architectural Legacy Tour

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Geoffrey Bawa: An Architectural Legacy Tour

Summary

A walk through the important works of the Great Geoffrey Bawa including visits to the Archeologically and Architecturally valuable historical sites of Sri Lanka. A walk to remember for a lover of Architect and for an admirer of the one and only Geoffrey Bawa. 

 


Includes

Includes;

- Accommodation on Bed & Breakfast Basis at 4 star hotels.

- Dinners from Day 1 – 6 at hotels.

- Total transportation provided using an A/C vehicle.

- Service of an English Speaking Chauffer guide throughout the tour.

- One 500ML water per person per day.

- 24x7 assistance in Sri Lanka before and while on tour with personal destination specialist.

- All applicable government taxes.

 

 

 

Excludes

Excludes;

- Tips of any personal nature.

- Camera permits at sites.

 

- Entrance fees to sites. 

Detailed


Itinerary

Day 1 – Architecture seamlessly blended with nature

On arrival you will be greeted by our very own Taya Finch representatives and thereafter proceed our journey to Sigiriya.

 

En-route we will make a stop in Dambulla to visit Heritance Kandalama, a hotel designed by the maestro in the 90’s which is also considered to be a very important works of Bawa as it clearly showcases his talent for creating affective spatial sequences and architectural narrative.

 

On completion transfer to your hotel.

 

Dinner and Overnight stay at Hotel.  


Day 2 – Take a step back in time

Breakfast at hotel.

 

Visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a masterpiece built by King Kashyapa in the 5th Century AD which was also declared a World heritage site as it displayed the cumulative effect of science of town planning, arts, architecture, landscape architecture and the science of water management practices in Sri Lanka in the 5th century AD.

 

On completion travel back to hotel for a rest after the hike.

 

Thereafter head to Polonnaruwa, the second most ancient of Sri Lanka’s kingdoms that showcase the great Sri Lankan architecture that dates back to 12th Century AD which was interwoven with many Buddhist monasteries and monuments which were built by King Parakramabahu I.

 

Return back to hotel and spend the rest of your evening on leisure at the hotel and enjoy the pool.

 

Dinner and Overnight stay at Hotel.


Day 3 – Relive the moments of yesteryears

After a scrumptious breakfast at the hotel we will today make our way to the last kingdom of Sri Lanka; ‘Kandy’.

 

En-route make a stop in Matale where you will be given a personal tour of a Spice Garden to learn of the various spices and herbs available in Sri Lanka.

 

Once you arrive in Kandy; make a visit to the Temple of the Tooth, a Buddhist temple located in the Royal Palace complex which houses the relic of the tooth of Buddha. It ancient times it was believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country.

 

Late evening proceed to a cultural Centre to witness a Traditional dance performance where you can see all the Sri Lankan dance types in one platform.

 

Dinner and Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 4 – Be blessed and purified

Breakfast at Hotel.

 

Proceed for a sightseeing tour of Kandy including a visit to the Royal Botanical Garden. A stunning garden which was once reserved for the Kandyan Royalty and currently the largest botanical garden in Sri Lanka.

 

You will also make a visit to the Stone House for a property inspection. Another designed by Geoffrey Bawa.

 

Dinner and Overnight stay at Hotel.


Day 5 – Discover a beachside artistic masterpiece

Today after breakfast we will make our way to the southern beach coast of Sri Lanka.

 

En-route you can make a stop at a Tea Factory in Giragama where you will be able to witness the tea making process in Sri Lanka. An experience not to be missed as Sri Lanka do make the world’s best tea.

 

Upon reaching the south beach we will first make a visit to Heritance Ahungalla, an early creation of Geoffrey Bawa where he had used his signature architectural style that erases boundaries between the outside and the inside, resulting a plenty of access to the natural elements.

 

On completion transfer to your hotel by the beach for your overnight stay.

 

Dinner and Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 6 – A lighthouse transformed with luxury

Breakfast at Hotel.

 

Make a visit to the historical Galle Fort. Once built by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th Century. An Archeological and an Architectural monument which even after over 400 years maintains a polished appearance due to extensive reconstruction work done by the archeological department of Sri Lanka. This will be a walk to remember!

 

Thereafter we will visit the Jetwing Lighthouse, one of the last major projects done by the Maestro that perches on a scenic rocky promontory just west of Galle. Bawa designed the hotels granite walled entrance to mirror the 17th century Dutch Fort while it commands superb views of the ocean from its rock-top perch and comprises a series of interlinked open spaces that makes the most of this unique landscape.

 

On completion transfer to the hotel and spend the rest of your day on leisure enjoying the beach.

 

Dinner and Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 7 – Live like a royal

Breakfast at Hotel.

 

Make a visit to the Lunuganga Estate which was the country home of the late Geoffrey Bawa. This country home was one of his first projects he undertook for his passion in architecture which also led him to realize his lack of knowledge which made him go to England to study and master the subject. On his return the Lunuganga Estate became an experimental laboratory for him, where he worked on it for 40 year until his death in 2003.

 

On completion transfer to the commercial capital of Sri Lanka where you can conduct a sightseeing tour to witness many historical monuments such as the independence square, old parliament, old Dutch hospital, Town Hall and a walk through the Galle Face Green which will also give you an understanding of the old architecture in Sri Lanka.

 

Check-in at hotel and spend the evening on leisure.

 

Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 8 – A life of a great maestro

After breakfast we will visit the Number 11 Colombo Residence which was Bawa’s personal residence in Colombo, now converted as a Museum which combines his usual love for traditional local forms with the start white architectural palette he favored.

 

Thereafter proceed to visit his former offices, personally created by Bawa and was one of his favorite properties. This is now converted in to a gallery and a restaurant with a personal approval of Bawa which is now knows as the Gallery Café which is now of the most beautiful and awe striking restaurants in the city of Colombo.

 

Make sure to grab a meal at the restaurant as this is one of our personal favorites.

 

Return back to hotel and spend the rest of your day on leisure or conduct a shopping tour of Colombo.

 

Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 9 – A journey to Sri Lanka’s parliament

Breakfast at Hotel.

 

Make a visit to the Parliament of Sri Lanka. Another masterpiece created by the great Bawa using a modernized framework to support indigenous components of past architecture and produced a building of great beauty and harmony.

 

(Please note that visiting the parliament requires prior approvals and will have conditions applied).

 

Proceed to the hotel and get ready for your departure and you will be transferred to the airport in time for the flight back home.

Terms & Conditions

  • The rates are indicative. They can vary according to the availabilities of flights and hotels.
  • Package is available from all destinations
  • Hotels shown are indicative. Alternate hotels of similar standards will be offered if they are not available at the time of confirming the booking.
  • Currency fluctuations will also impact the prices indicated.
  • Issue of the visa is at the sole discretion of the Sri Lankan immigration department.

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Look for architectural masterpieces in Sri Lanka and you will find the name 'Geoffrey Bawa' attached to them. This genius has left behind a legacy in this beautiful island, creating buildings, homes and hotels that are one with, and enhance the loveliness of the landscape.

Bawa is behind the term known as 'tropical modernism' in the world which he displayed through his myriad works. Beginning his career in the field in the mid 1900's, his architectural prowess is unlike any other. As such, his name is synonymous with innovation and perfection. While his work was centralized in Sri Lanka, he also brought to life, architectural creations in Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan and a host of other countries. 

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