“Ayubowan” On arrival at the recently refurbished Modern and State of the art International Airport, you will be blessed to get your first taste of warm Sri Lankan hospitality; Representative from Nawamini Travels , and proceed to Dambulla.
On the way visit Pinnawala Elephant orphanage
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage – At this orphanage you will find elephants of all ages which are abandoned or otherwise unable to fend for themselves by way of being injured. They are looked after with loving care until such time they are ready to work or be freed back to the jungles. The unique feature is that one could feed the baby elephants with bottles of milk during the feeding times. The elephants are also bathed daily in a river located across the orphanage. This is an elephant photographer’s Paradise.
Visit another miracle of Geoffrey Bawa, Hotel Heritance Kandalama a green Global hotel in Sri Lanka.
The Kandalama Hotel, designed by Geoffrey Bawa, was constructed between 1992 and 1995 on the outskirts of Dambulla, Sri Lanka. The hotel was commissioned by the Aitken Spence Hotel Group to accommodate tourists visiting the nearby city of Sigiriya, a Sinhalese royal complex built in the fifth century A.D. around and atop the massive Sigiriya Rock. The famed ruins at Sigiriya relate harmoniously to their surroundings as architecture, earthworks, and frescoes strikingly frame and engage with the picturesque topography.
The Kandalama Hotel is considered one of Bawa’s most important works as it showcases so clearly Bawa’s talent for creating affective spatial sequences and architectural narrative. The hotel was intended to serve as a building from which to view the pristine landscape of the Kandalama basin, and thus the lightness of the architectural articulation is an appropriate and successful design strategy. The hotel also features innovative building technologies and systems designed to mitigate the environmental impact of the building’s operation on the catchment of the nearby lake. The Kandalama Hotel is an excellent example of how tourist facilities can be integrated into an undeveloped landscape successfully, fostering appreciation for the natural beauty of the setting while minimizing negative environmental consequences.
After scrumptious breakfast with variety, proceed Sigiriya.
The UNESCO world heritage Site Sigiriya is home to the 5th Century ‘Fortress in the Sky” which is perhaps the most fantastic single wonder of the Island. It is also known as Lion Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the fortress. Within it triple-moated defense the huge rock rises almost to a sheer height of 500ft. On its summit are the foundations of what was once a great and sumptuous palace and gardens complete with swimming pool. On one of the stairways the only known ancient work of Sinhala secular painting survived in the form of frescoes of life sized damsels in all the freshness and delicacy of their original color.
Diya Bubula is a residence of Architecture Lucky Senanayaka who is a student of Mr. Jeffry Bawa.
“Diyabubula means “bubbling fountain” – there is a bubbling spring on the property. Diyabubula also symbolizes the power of the earth and the creativity bubbling up in this magical location.”
Diyabubula, the Barberyn Art & Jungle Hideaway, is a small luxury lodge, a boutique hotel consisting of five villas, located near the town of Dambulla, in central Sri Lanka. Renowned Sri Lankan artist Laki Senanayake designed the place as a hideaway to compliment his water garden. He chose 100 year old railway sleepers as basic building material. This wood, seasoned by sun and rain over a century, has been combined with sleek and beautiful timber sourced from all over Sri Lanka, and hand-crafted right at Diyabubula.
visit the Dambulla cave temple. Located at an elevation of 1118 feet from the sea level raises a massive rock from the surrounding plains of Dambulla of 600 feet high and over 2000 feet in length It is home to the World’s most acclaimed Cave complex of magnificent Buddha Images and Rock Paintings of vivid colours and shapes constructed and painted from around 2nd Century BC (Anuradhapura era) and continued up to the Kandyan era of the 18th Century. Sinhalese people call it as ‘ Dambulu Gala’ (Dambulla Rock) and the Temple is called as the ‘Rangiri Dambulu Viharaya’ (Golden Rock Dambulla Temple).
On completion leave for Kandy the hill Capital of Sri Lanka.
Evening witness a Cultural dance performance featuring various dance types of Sri Lanka Duration (45 minutes)
Overnight stay at Kandy
After scrumptious breakfast with variety proceed to Kandy City tour.
KANDY- This lovely city is the erstwhile Hill Capital and last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings. Encircled by hills, with a tranquil lake in its centre, it is the site of the renowned Temple of the Tooth. Place of interest are the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens and the Mahaweli Diversion Project in their impressive settings. Spice Garden dot the outskirts of Kandy along with handicraft centers and the market-place is a hub of activity. Kandy retains an aura of grandeur which time has not effaced.
Later visit Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic – ever since 4th Century A.D, when the Buddha’s Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orissan princess’ hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. It is considered Sri Lanka’s most prized possession
Proceed to City tour of Kandy, including Upper Lake Drive, Market Square, Arts & Crafts Centre and Gem Museum.
Depart to Galle
Galle – Sri Lanka’s most historically interesting town is Galle. It was a major port until about 100 years, but today still handles shipping and sailing boats in the natural harbour.
Stroll around the lighthouse and harbour or visit the old town where you can see the traditional lace makers and wood carvers and purchase some the finest souvenirs.
The Dutch Fort – Galle – The South Coast’s major city is Galle, whose oldest landmark is the massive Portuguese and Dutch Fort which is a “World Heritage Site” in which the central city is contained. But the city may be much older. Some scholars believe it to be the “Tarshish” of the Old Testament, to which King Solomon sent his merchant vessels, and to which Jonah fled from the Lord.
En route Visit Heritance Ahungalla
Overnight stay at Galle
After scrumptious breakfast with variety proceed to Bentota.
On the way visit Jetwing light house Hotel.
On the fringe of the former Dutch Colonial town of Galle stands Jetwing Lighthouse, a testament to the iconic work of the Sri Lankan architect, Geoffrey Bawa. This elegant hotel is the ultimate tropical retreat amidst the sun, sea and sands of the southern coast.
Jetwing Lighthouse exudes an old world charm of elegance and minimalism that is combined with fantastic service, scrumptious cuisine and a wide selection of facilities and activities. The hotel terrace is ideal for a drink and a chat while overlooking a spectacular Sri Lankan sunset.
After proceed to visit Lunuganga
The Lunuganga Estate was the country house of Geoffrey Bawa.
The estate had been used as a cinnamon estate during the Dutch era and then a rubber plantation under the British. In 1948, the small house in the estate was given on rent to the local tax collector. In 1949 newly qualified lawyer Geoffrey Bawa bought it from its owner intending to convert the estate bungalow into a weekend house and create a tropical version of a European renaissance garden. The 6.1 ha (15 acres) property is located on the banks of the Dedduwa Lake, in Bentota. Bawa named the estate Lunuganga, which in Sinhala means Salt River. Recognising his lack of architectural knowledge Bawa returned to England to study architecture. After qualifying as an architect he returning to Ceylon in 1958 and joined the architectural practice of Edwards, Reid and Beggs.
Bawa continued to develop the house and gardens at Lunuganga for forty years, until his death in May 2003. Bawa was cremated on the Cinnamon Hill and ashes buried there.
The house and gardens contain many works from artists such as Donald Friend and Laki Senanayake as well as artifacts from Asia and Europe.
Since Bawa’s death in 2003, Lunuganga has been managed by a group of his close friends, who form the Lunuganga Trust. The gardens are now open to the public and the buildings on the estate are run as a seasonal country house hotel.
Overnight stay at Bentota.
After the breakfast at the hotel and depart to visit Brief Gardens (Bevis Bawa’s Garden)
Major Bevis William Frederick Bawa, Is the elder brother of Geoffrey Bawa, was a Ceylonese (Sri Lankan) planter, soldier and a landscaper. He was also one of the most renowned landscape architects in Sri Lanka and served as the Aide-de-camp to four Governors of Ceylon.
Having started running the family 2 ha (4.9 acres) rubber plantation known as Brief Estate in 1929. He began making a garden and developing the estate bungalow while serving in the Army. He inherited the estate in 1949 from his mother, which had originally been acquired by his father. After he retired from the Army, be made brief his home and extended its gardens. As the popularity of Brief Gardens grew, he was commissioned to landscape many Embassies, public buildings and private houses in Colombo.
Bevis offered sanctuary to a number of Sri Lankan artists including Laki Senanayake, Ena de Silva, the dancers Chitrasena and Vajira and designer Barbara Sansoni. He also played host to a number of international visitors including Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, the Duke of Windsor, Agatha Christie and Australian artist Donald Friend (who originally planned to stay for a week and ended up staying for six years). Bawa employed 15 gardeners to help create and maintain his gardens. He also dabbled in art and sculpture. Bawa continued to develop the property until his death aged 89 on 18 September 1992. He left his estate to his workers and Brief Gardens went to his head gardener Dooland De Silva which is a popular tourist destination.
And Depart to Colombo
Colombo was only a small sea Port, which came into prominence in the 16th Century with the arrival of the Portuguese in 1505 and the development of it as a major Harbour during the British period and became the capital in 1815 after Kandy was ceded to the British. The remains of the buildings during the period and the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule are found in every area of the city. None of the Portuguese & Dutch fortifications are found today but some of their buildings and churches could be seen in the Fort & Pettah areas. Visit Fort, the former British administrative center and military garrison, Sea Street – the Goldsmith’s quarters in the heart of Pettah, the Bazaar area where there is also a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings, the Kaymans Gate with the Belfry at the original gate to enter the Fort, the Dutch Church of Wolfendhaal dating back to 1749, Kelaniya Buddhist Temple and Davatagaha Mosque are some of the sites to be visited. Also visit the BMICH (Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall).
In the evening visit Water’s Edge Park to relax the evening
Overnight at Colombo
After Breakfast visit following places.
01) Alfred House Garden, Mr. Bawa’s former office
02) Sri Lanka Parliament (Depend on prior approval)
Evening do a discussion with Ar. Hiranthi, Ar. Ashley De Vas & Ar. Milroy Perera who are students of Geoffrey Bawa. (Depend on prior appointments)
Overnight at Colombo
After the breakfast at the hotel and depart to visit Jetwing lagoon hotel
Experience the perfect respite at Jetwing Lagoon, a Ayurveda & spa resort with a difference. Located next to the tranquil Negombo Lagoon and facing the Indian Ocean with recently developed beach access, it is an elegant and chic hotel offering unique and memorable experiences.
Not only is Jetwing Lagoon aesthetically stimulating it is also of considerable historical significance as it is the first resort to have been originally built by the legendary architect Geoffrey Bawa in 1965. The resort is decorated in graceful hues of white and brown and features the longest swimming pool in the area (100 meters), nestled in the center of the property adding to the serene atmosphere of the whole place. Jetwing Lagoon is now your own private island, embraced by the serene waters of the Negombo Lagoon on one side, and the magnificent Indian Ocean on the other with the recently developed beach access – featuring a beachside pool, bar, and lounge area. Treat yourself to a rejuvenating holiday on the West Coast of Sri Lanka.
On the seventh day of your Colombo trip, and proceed to the Colombo International Airport from where you can board the flight for your onward destination