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Brief Garden - Bevis Bawa

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Address: | Kalawila Village, Beruwala 12070, Sri Lanka
Phone Number:
+94 34 2 274462
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Take a tuk tuk ride to the Bawa house and garden. Although garden needs some maintenance it's a lovely retreat with pathways through the tropical gardens. Aspects of the house are... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Mary G
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Take a tuk tuk ride to the Bawa house and garden. Although garden needs some maintenance it's a lovely retreat with pathways through the tropical gardens. Aspects of the house are interesting as is the story of the talented Bawa brothers.

Thank Mary G
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23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love the Bawa family history and went there as a kind of trip to the intimacy of Bewis. In fact, this is what you get... a good insight to yesteryear artistic life. Quite a good collection of artistic objects that remind you of Jean Cocteau. The garden is less enchanting except for the cascade and the century-old frangipan tree.... More 

Thank Chefdoeuvre
Tokyo, Japan
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47 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A wonderful garden built by Captain Bawa and it is well kept until now. Nice old photos remind the old days of Sri Lanka (Ceylon).

Thank 930nihalp
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20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As a fan of Bawa's work, it was disappointing that our entrance to the property began with a bad start, firstly because the caretaker was not happy with our arrival at 2:30pm. Then sadly a member of our party was falsely accused of potential wrong-doing (I.e walking into an entry and bending to look at a painting whilst we used... More 

1 Thank Jude373123
Sydney, Australia
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35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very enjoyable hour exploring this lovely japanese inspired garden. Touring the house afterwards was interesting and the guide was knowledgable and passionate about the home.

Thank yogi31
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is nice well kept and preserved garden for those who love nature...Natural is the word for this garden.

Thank Jesu865
Brussels, Belgium
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80 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The late Bevis Bawa created a botanical garden on his own private plot. And woaw, what a nice and cosy place it is. Now it is the trusted caretaker of the house who still maintains the magic, with its cherished botanical species. I sat with him and my then still very young daughter on the verandah, sipping a cup of... More 

Thank AnnefromBelgium111
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

A majestic garden with loverly landscaping with a collection of interesting flora and fauna. The down side was the ridiculously high ticket prices. Just to see the place and have a walk through you have to spend rs. 300 per person. However there is no apparent time limit unless for the closing time. To see the bungalow it is 700.... More 

Thank TM_Fallen
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3 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

Place is good, but SORRY to say it is not worth for 1000/=.. Maximum 15 min enough to walk around and see the house. I am feeling disappointed not about the money but about the time to travel (time wasted) to see just a house with garden.

3 Thank Ruwani w
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Beautiful setting with great views taken there by driver. Very overgrown and in need of serious maintenance. You could glimps the beauty that was once there when the gardens were maintained but they have been taken over by weed. The house although interesting was very dark which made it impossible to really see the art work. Most of the art... More 

2 Thank DebbieTurnbull

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