Travel the island of Sri Lanka with a discerning eye inspired by Geoffrey Bawa who redefined and influenced South-East Asian architecture.
Begin your Sri Lankan holiday tours by spending two nights in the cultural triangle at one of Geoffrey Bawaâ€™s very own hotels;
travel far south for a night in the hills of Ella before arriving for a night on the coast of Galle at another of Geoffrey Bawaâ€™s hotels.
Route : Airport > Negombo
Drive : 25 minute
Hotel : Jetwing Beach
Highlights : Enjoy a Negombo city tour
At the airport you will be greeted by our Jetwing Representative and your Chauffer Guide who will take you to the modern beach town of Negombo. Check-in to the hotel and rest and relax to recover from any jet lag.
If you have spare time, your chauffeur will introduce you to some of Negomboâ€™s curious sites such the Dutch churches, perhaps take a boat ride along the Dutch canals or laze on the golden sands.
Route : Negombo > Anuradhapura > Kandalama
Drive : 4 and half hour drive
Hotel : Heritance Kandalama
Highlights : Visit to the Fish market, Visit the Sacred city of Anuradhapura, Tour of Bawa designed hotel â€“ Heritance Kandalama
Early morning, indulge in a diverse experience by visiting the famous fish market in Negombo known as the â€˜Lellamaâ€™. Walk on the beach and watch fishermen untangle their fishing nets and witness the fish being auctioned and sold to retail and commercial customers alike.
Set off from coastal Negombo to experience the inland delights of Sri Lanka.
We recommend you break your journey in Anuradhapura: an ancient city which was the history of Sri Lanka for over thousand years. Complete a walking tour of this sacred city with your chauffeur guide which includes a visit to the Sacred Sri Maha Bodhi; Ruwanweli seya and Mihintale.
After an exhilarating day, arrive at Bawaâ€™s most tranquil haven perched on the hills. You will realize that the very structure of tonightâ€™s hotel in Kandalama is well worth this journey â€“ Heritance Kandalama is built not on flat land but upon a mountain side, surrounded by a jungle overlooking Kandalama Lake.
Route : Kandalama > Sigiriya > Polonnaruwa > Kandalama
Drive : 3 and half hour drive
Hotel : Heritance Kandalama
Highlights : Ascend the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and discover the ancient city of Polonnaruwa.
Begin the morning, by mounting the mesmerizing rock fortress of Sigiriya â€“ a 5th Century â€œFortress in the Skyâ€. Â Admire the architectural marvel of how a kingâ€™s fortress was carved from a massive rock in the 5th century A.D.
Late afternoon learn about the better kept ruins of ancient Ceylon â€“ the UNESCO World Heritage City of Polonnaruwa which was a medieval capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th â€“ 13th century A.D. Take a walking tour of one of the ruins of ancient Ceylon which includes a visit to Lankathilaka, Thuparamaya, Royal Palace, Rankoth Vehera and Gal Viharaya. Also do take note of the vata-da-ge design of Sinhalese architects as well as the unique moonstone formations. After an exhilarating day, retreat to your tranquil haven perched on the hills
Route : Dambulla > Matale > Kandy
Drive : 3 hour drive
Hotel : Kandy House
Highlights : Visit the Matale Heritage Centre, Visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic
As you leave from Kandalama, break your journey at the Matale Heritage Centre. Here you may witness the artistic designs of Mrs. Ena de Silva â€“ a close friend and collaborator of Geoffrey Bawa who contributed many artifacts to his projects.
Continue your journey to the hill capital of Kandy. Eminent as the center of Buddhism and the capital of the last Sinhalese kingdom, the name Kandy evokes romantic notions in people of a lost hill kingdom, a lake, tea plantations and a famous temple. At your convenience, become acquainted with the city; pay your respects to the golden-roofed Temple of the Tooth Relic, which houses Sri Lankaâ€™s most sacred relic, a tooth of the Lord Buddha. Admire the delicate hill-country breezes that urge the mist to gently part revealing colorful houses amid Kandyâ€™s forested halo, visit the lively market places and the Upper Lake drive.
Retreat to the comforts of the cozy private home in the hills; an ancestral manor house ideal for a perfect gateway! Â
Route : Kandy > Bandarawela > Ella
Drive : 4 and half hour drive
Hotel : 98 Acres Resort and Spa
Highlights : Visit the Bandarawela Chapel of the Good Shepherdâ€™s Convent, Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, Rawana Falls
Today take a scenic drive to the hills of Bandarawela â€“ relish the drive through endless views of tea carpeted valleys and the bright flash of female â€œtea pluckersâ€ in their pimento, fuchsia and cerise saris. Drop by the granite built Bandarawela Chapel of the Good Shepherdâ€™s Convent; designed both by Geoffrey Bawa and Ulrik Plesner.
Continue your journey to the charming town of Ella; a small village nestled in a valley peering straight through the Ella Gap and surrounded by hilly countryside perfect for walks. Do stop to admire the cascading Ravana Ella waterfalls and the iconic Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.
Retreat to your luxurious resort in the hills. Set amidst stunning mountains, 98 Acres Resort & Spa is an elegant, chic hotel that stands on a scenic 98 acre tea estate. Spend your evening leisurely in this paradise resort enjoying the breath taking vistas!
Route : Ella > Galle
Drive : 5 and half hour drive
Hotel : Jetwing Lighthouse
Highlights : Ruhuna University, Matara Post office, Discover the Dutch Fort of Galle
One of Sri Lankaâ€™s charms is that how in a short time you will pass from the hills to the meandering rivers, past the farms and then to the idyllic Southern coast. Today we recommend you drop by another one of Bawaâ€™s worksâ€“ the Ruhunu University Campus and the Matara Office building. In between we also suggest you drop in for lunch at the Heritance Ahungalla hotel, where Bawa created features such as interconnecting expanses of water that lead guests into the hotel.
Continue your journey to the historical city of Galle. Galle is the countryâ€™s oldest living city and is sure to capture your interest, with its historic sites and its unique fusion of European and Arabic cultural and Architectural influences. Once in the town of Galle, explore the Galle Fort with its low lined streets and history behind its Rampart. Walk through the alleys lined with stores and restaurants. The Fort remains a hive of activity and is one of the few World Heritage listed sites in which a bustling population continues to thrive.
Retreat to the luxurious Jetwing Lighthouse; an architectural masterpiece designed by Bawa!
Route : Galle > Colombo
Drive : 2 and half hour drive
Hotel : Galle Face Hotel
Highlights : Discover Geoffrey Bawaâ€™s Lunuganga Country House, engage in a city tour of Colombo, visit the Bawa House in Colombo, scrumptious dinner at the Paradise Road Gallery CafÃ©.
On your way to the capital Colombo, step out for a well worth visit orÂ alfresco lunch at the Lunuganga Estate; the country house of Bawa.
Once in Colombo, your chauffeur guide will introduce you to some of Colomboâ€™s curious sites such as the vibrant markets of Pettah, old city of Fort, the Hindu Temple at Sea Street and the Dutch Church at Wolfendal or alternatively to indulge in some shopping.
Finally, arrive at Bawaâ€™s very residence at No. 11 for a comprehensive tour. The evening continues with dinner at his former office, the Gallery Cafe and if possible with the company of Channa Daswatte, who was trained under Bawa.
Route : Colombo > Airport
Drive : 1 hour drive
Highlights : Departure
As all good things must come to an end, we bid you farewell as our Chauffeur Guide transfers you to the Airport to meet your departure flight home.
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