The Geoffrey Bawa Architecture Tour

June 3rd – 12th, 2023

AUD$2950 Twin Share

AUD$3900 Single Room

AUD$2800 Per Person Triple Room

geoffrey bawa architecture tour Lovers of good design, boutique travel and gourmet food will find this trip stimulating and rewarding.

Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa is known worldwide as the innovator of Tropical Modernism and considered to be Asia’s Frank Lloyd Wright. This trip is ideal for architects, decorators or anyone who appreciates good design. The itinerary focuses on the best of Bawa’s work, from residential to his large hotels. We also see and experience the best of Sri Lankan architecture, boutique hotels, world class beaches and the excellent local cuisine.

In 2019 Sri Lanka was ranked top destination for travel by Lonely Planet. We will experience the rich contrast between the pristine beaches of the Southwest Corner and the historical High Tea country. Sri Lanka is a land where modern cutting edge architecture lives comfortably beside ancient ruins and lost civilisations. Boutique villas and fine dining rub shoulders with village culture and traditional ways.

Best of Sri Lanka Tours specialise in small groups and have an emphasis on good company and interesting conversation.

Best of Sri Lanka Tours specialise in small groups and have an emphasis on good company and interesting conversation.

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Price includes:

    • Accommodation in all hotels mentioned
    • All breakfasts
    • Transfers in a private air-conditioned vehicle
    • Touring in a luxury mini-bus with driver
    • All entrances as mentioned above
    • Two dedicated tour consultants: your host Michael Murray + local English-speaking licensed Sri Lankan guide & driver, available 24/7
    • Sightseeing & city tours as mentioned above
    • Local government taxes & service charges
    • Sanitisers throughout the tour
    • Protective masks throughout the tour (2 masks per day)
    • Gloves throughout the tour (2 pair of gloves per day)

    *Please note: Price excludes anything mentioned as optional, flights, airport taxes, visas, insurance, camera and video permits, optional tours & activities, tips & porterage and all entrance fees to tourist and other attractions not specified above, all expenses of a personal nature, extra night charge is: $200 single, $220 twin share.

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Day 1: Colombo

Check in the day before we depart. Since many flights arrive late at night, some guests prefer to book an extra night. This can be arranged with an extra night at a discount rate if you choose to arrive early.

Day 2: Colombo

After breakfast we visit #11 Bawa House. Bawa purchased four adjoining terraces which he used as a house and studio. It has been kept it the original condition. Nearby is the impressive Galle Face Hotel where we have morning tea/light lunch. Then a tour of the city before dinner at the Galleria Paradise Road. This was Bawa’s main working office and is now a successful restaurant and Gallery.

Day 3: Colombo to Bentota

In the 1970s Bawa was commissioned by the then burgeoning Tourism Authority to design a “Tourism Village”. The idea, before the arrival of cheap air travel, was to take the train and guests to walk to one of the five hotels in the complex. We stay at one of the two completed Bawa designed hotels.

Day 4: Bentota to Galle

Lunaganga was Bawa’s weekend retreat and passion project. Over years he built a number of villas as well as completely remodelling the land to fully encompass the views over the lake. In the afternoon we take the colourful coast road on to Galle in time to the ramparts walk, the fort walls of this ancient trading port. Our hotel is the fabulous Jetwing Lighthouse.

Day 5: Galle

The next morning it is 1.5-hour drive to have lunch at the fabulous Claughton House. Some say that if Bawa is the Frank Lloyd Wright of Asia, this is his Falling Water. We have time to visit Hirikitiya Beach – a perfect crescent shaped, picturesque tropical beach.

Day 6: Galle to Kandy

Our longest day on the road is five hours from Galle to Kandy. We visit the tooth temple at night where the Lord Buddha’s tooth is kept.

Day 7: Kandy to Dambulla

The Dambulla Lake Hotel is a new modern, Bawa inspired hotel. We check in and then visit the cave temples, statues and dwellings that were carved in to the rocks, some as early as the 1st century BC.

Day 8: Dambulla

The Heritance Kandalama is Bawa’s most famous building. It is moulded into the side of a cliff and covered in jungle. The afternoon is left open for guests to choose: Ayervedic massage and spa, the elephant park or visit a local village and see traditional building methods.

Day 9: Dambulla to Negombo

We need an early start to climb famous Lion Rock – Sri Lanka’s most popular and memorable activity. Back to the hotel for breakfast, shower and the drive to Negombo. Our beach hotel is also a Bawa creation and a short drive to the international airport.

Day 10: Negombo

Shuttle to the airport. If your flight is late at night, we can request a late check out so you can have another relaxing day at the beach or around the pool.



Booking a tour will require a deposit of A$500.
Full payment will be required 60 days from tour commencement.
The deposit is non-refundable.
If the full payment is paid and the guest needs to cancel due to illness or an unforeseen circumstance, a part refund is possible only on accommodation and travel expenses that are refundable back to BoSL. Some hotels are paid for in advance and payment is often non refundable.
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