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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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A little more greenery outside of the resort

I decided to take a little excursion on my own, and the Brief Gardens was recommended by the hotel. So off I went with a personal driver. Once at the Gardens you will get a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 October 2016
Phoenix, Arizona
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

2 Thank Ruwani w
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

1 Thank DebbieTurnbull
Moscow, Russia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent some strange time in the garden and were surprised not to see anything interesting. Were surprise d to lots of Homosexual paintings and sculptures. The garden and house are a little bit old fashioned and outdated. If you have a spare 1000 and you saw everything on the island than you are welcome.

1 Thank Granichnikov
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our driver recommended this garden & house and we were not disappointed. The gardens, started in 1928, have a huge variety of tropical plants and trees. They are presented in formal & non-formal settings and provide a beautiful walk, shaded by these huge natural structures. It's not an immaculately kept stately home in Britain, this is Sri Lanka and not... More 

Thank Rachel S
Esperance, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really enjoyed this experience, the artwork, library and sculptures were interesting. The garden was lovely and peaceful. Looking back I wish we had spent more time exploring both the house and gardens.

Thank Trudy H
Mysuru (Mysore), India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

a long ride. expected much..maybe that was the problem. i liked the location and the spread of the land..a large place with a fine vantage view, well utilised to build the bungalow there. the house itself is very spacious. stark and spartan though.

Thank crhontrips
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

This place has a fascinating history and the gentleman who owned is certainly had a singular style. There are lots of interesting elements to the grounds and gardens, but they are very overgrown and very much in need of some maintenance to really bring out their beauty. The house is also quite nice with some beautiful modernist elements. I think... More 

Thank glennaa11
Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

I decided to take a little excursion on my own, and the Brief Gardens was recommended by the hotel. So off I went with a personal driver. Once at the Gardens you will get a personal escort to take you around. I didn't know much about the garden itself ... apparently it was designed by a famous Sri Lankan architect.... More 

Thank azdemocrat
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

It is a trip into the wild, with lovely views in every corner. Worth a visit for the price, and the way from bentota to the brief garden by tuk tuk is simply great!

Thank Inês F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

I have been to there for the first time some 10 years ago and ever since I have never found anything or anywhere, even to come closure to this place! It has not been changed and still carries the same attractiveness, it's own attractiveness! The unmatchable attractiveness!!! It is the playground of its creater! Yet it is the natural garden!... More 

Thank Waruna B

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