Destinations : Bentota, Colombo, Galle, Kandy, Negombo, Nuwara Eliya, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Tangalle
Duration: 12 days
What is it about ?
Sri Lankan architecture both modern and historical can only be understood when you stand beside, walk through, look over and touch and feel the splendour of real architectural marvels. Join us on an architectural discovery of the work of famous Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa and take a walk through the works of our ancient royal architects.
Who is it for ?
The work of such true artisans is best appreciated on site and that makes this tour indispensible whether you are a novice, a student of architecture or just a casual visitor. World renowned architects to junior architecture students alike, have experienced various versions of this tour. As always we would be glad to customise tours for student groups from universities and other interested parties.
To be met and assisted at the airport by our driver/guide Transfer to Mud House in Anamaduwa, a rural village in the wilderness.Experience rural village architecture, staying in house built in clay with thatched roofs done with woven coconut leaves (all basic facilities available).
Demonstration on how mud houses are built using ancient village techniques: Visit a local village and swim in the local tank/large pond.
Visit Anuradhapura, the 1st historical capital of Sri Lanka with ruins of buildings and Large Stupas (pagodas) built in brick and granite, dating back to 3rd century BC (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) On completion proceed to Dambulla.
In the morning visit and climb the 5th Century Rock Fortress in Sigiriya(a UNESCO World Heritage Site) considered by some as the 8th wonder of the world. On completion visit Polonnaruwa, the second historical capital of Sri Lanka with remains of many ancient buildings, reflecting aspects of Medieval Architecture from 10th century AD
Transfer to Kandy (UNESCO World Heritage Site) the last Kingdom of Sri Lanka before being colonized by the British.Visit the Sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic of Buddha, the ancient King’s Palace building, council chamber and other buildings still preserved in its original form, dating back to the 15th century.
Transfer to Nuwara Eliya, the little England of Sri Lanka.This city, about 2000m above sea level, was the home away FROM HOMEfor the British during the Colonial period. See the old Colonial mansions, some over 150 years old and are now used as hotels. Buildings in Nuwara Eliya are great examples of Colonial architecture of the British.
Visit the Bandarawela Chapel of the Good Shepherd’s Convent (designed with Mr. Ulrik Plesner). Bandarawela Chapel was constructed by using granite for the structure. On Completion transfer to The Last House in Tangalle, the last house designed by Geoffrey Bawa.
Proceed to Galle.En route visit the Ruhuna University Campus and office building in Matara, designed by Mr. Bawa (subject to permission being granted from authorities).Afternoon visit the famous Dutch Fort in Galle, constructed in 1792 (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
In the morning visit Heritance Ahungalla Hotel designed by Gepffrey Bawa.Visit and experience Lunuganga in Bentota, the local residence and lifetime creation of Mr. Bawa. Guided tour will be conducted in the property.
Transfer to Colombo, on-route visit Hotel Serendib, Club Villa and Blue Water HOTEL IN Wadduwa, all designs of Geoffrey Bawa.
Do a city tour in Colombo visiting the below places.Mahaweli Headquarters Building in Hyde Park Corner designed by Mr. Bawa,Geoffrey Bawa’s Residence at No. 11, 33rd lane Bagatale Rd. (subject to obtaining permission), Parliament building designed by Mr. Bawa (could only be viewed from outside) In the afternoon visit Gallery Café & Paradise Road, Geoffrey Bawa’s former office.