SRI LANKA ARCHITECTURE TRIP

Geoffrey Bawa and beyond....

Here's a short video highlighting our seven day architecture trip to Sri Lanka which focused on the architecture of its most prolific architect – Geoffrey Bawa - and the built heritage that inspired him. #SLWithThreeFlaneurs

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Bawa & More

Tour highlights include: 

  • Visit Bawa’s Colombo residence and the country's Parliament Complex~ that he designed. 

  • Stay at a gorgeous beach-side boutique hotel in Bentota designed by Bawa on the beautiful south coast. 

  • Visit Lunuganga, Bawa’s weekend home and lifelong project and his brother's garden that inspired his career.

  • Attend a talk and interact with the team at an award-winning local contemporary architecture practice - Palinda Kannangara Architects

  • Visit Lighthouse Galle another brilliant beach-side hotel designed by Bawa. 

  • Explore two of Sri Lanka's magnificent World Heritage Sites - the Golden Temple of Dambulla and the Dutch Fort in Galle - that show the architectural importance of Sri Lanka since as far back as the first century BCE.   

  • Stay at the Kandalama Hotel, one of the best examples of Bawa's skill in adapting design to suit environment.  

  • The tour will include accommodation at some of the best hotels in Sri Lanka on Full Board Basis as per our itinerary & all transport in a private AC Luxury Coach with English-speaking local guide. 

  • A Specialist Architecture Guide from #ThreeFlaneurs who is well-versed with Sri Lanka & its Architecture will accompany the group

Sri Lanka Itinerary

Day 00 | FLIGHT

Evening / Night flight to Colombo

DAY 01 | COLOMBO : ORIENTATION 

Start of Tour : Morning arrival and pick-up at Bandaranaike International Airport, followed by a General Tour Introduction, and a half-day Colombo city tour

DAY 02 | COLOMBO 

Explore multiple projects in the city designed by Geoffrey Bawa; studio visit of award-winning local architecture practice - Palinda Kannangara Architects

DAY 03 | MATARA / GALLE

Explore the sprawling campus of the University of Ruhuna in the southern city of Matara (designed by Geoffrey Bawa); visit a recently completed residential project by Palinda Kannangara Architects;  followed by half-day self-exploration of the Galle Dutch Fort by foot (here you can see some interesting adaptive re-use projects within the historic urban fabric within the fort walls) 

DAY 04 | GALLE / BENTOTA

Visit the iconic Lighthouse Hotel Galle (designed by Geoffrey Bawa) and explore multiple tourism-related projects designed by Geoffrey Bawa in the beautiful beach-side town of Bentota 

DAY 05 | BENTOTA 

Attend guided tours of two of Sri Lanka's best private gardens - Lunuganga Estate & Brief Garden - in the outskirts of Bentota

DAY 06 | DAMBULLA 

Visit the historic Golden Temple of Dambulla before heading to spend a night at Bawa's iconic Kandalama Hotel, an truly magical property in an enchanting location. 

DAY 07 | COLOMBO^

Explore the iconic Unesco World Heritage Site designated - Ancient City of Sigiriya (Optional activity at additional cost)  

 

^ Return to Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport : End of Tour