Architecture Tour

Architecture Tour

A 12 Day Tour
  • Destinations

    Bentota, Colombo, Galle, Kandy, Negombo, Nuwara Eliya, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Tangalle

  • 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 an architecture enthusiast, 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.


Day - 1
To be met and assisted at the airport by our driver/guide. Transfer to The Mudhouse in Anamaduwa, a rural village in the wilderness. Experience traditional, tropical village architecture, staying in houses built of clay with thatched roofs done with woven coconut leaves (all basic facilities available).
Day - 2
Demonstration on how mud houses are built using ancient local techniques: Explore the surroundings and swim in the local tank/large pond.
Day - 3
Visit Anuradhapura, the 1st historical capital of Sri Lanka with ruins of buildings and large stupas (pagodas) built with brick and granite, dating back to 3rd century BC (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). On completion proceed to Dambulla.
Day - 4
In the morning visit and climb the 5th Century Rock Fortress of 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.
Day - 5
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 last king’s palace, council chamber and other buildings still preserved in its original form, dating back to the 15th century.
Day - 6
Transfer to Nuwara Eliya, the ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka. This city, about 2000m above sea level, was the home away from home for 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.
Day - 7
Visit the Chapel of the Good Shepherd’s Convent in Bandarawel, designed by renowned architect, Geoffrey Bawa with Mr. Ulrik Plesner. On Completion transfer to The Last House in Tangalle, the last house designed by Geoffrey Bawa.
Day - 8
Proceed to Galle. En route, visit the Ruhuna University Campus and office building in Matara, designed by Bawa (subject to permission being granted from authorities). In the afternoon visit the famous Dutch Fort in Galle, constructed in 1792 (UNESCO World Heritage Site).
Day - 9
Visit Geoffrey Bawa’s country estate and lifelong passion project, Lunuganga. A guided tour will be conducted in the property. Following this visit you can also visit Brief Gardens, the private estate of Geoffrey’s brother Bevis Bawa, who was celebrated landscape architect.
Day - 10
Transfer to Colombo. En-route you can visit some other Bawa designed hotels along the coast such as Heritance Ahungalla, Avani Bentota, Club Villa and Blue Water.
Day - 11
Visit some of the Bawa designed land marks like the parliament building (subjected to obtaining permission), the Gangarama temple and also a guided tour of his town house, No. 11 (subjected to obtaining permission).

In the afternoon, explore the Colombo fort area with a specialist guide to understand the evolution of this area of old Colombo. Dinner will be at Gallery Café by Paradise Road, Geoffrey Bawa’s former office.