TOUR TO ADMIRE THE ARCHITECTURAL WORKS OF GEOFFREY BAWA
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Welcome to Sri Lanka:
We welcome you to Sri Lanka. I personally myself will be there to welcome you and your family on arrival. Afterwards you will be introduced to your local chauffeur in the airport who will guide you throughout your tour. After a small briefing you will head towards to your hotel.
Air conditioned transport with dedicated Sri Lanka Tourist Board-licensed chauffeur guide throughout the tour
Bandaranaike International Airport to Sigiriya:
Continue to Sigiriya. The drive will take maximum 4 hours and also this depends on the road traffic.
Sigiriya Rock Fortress:
Sigiriya Rock Fortress which was built by King Kashyapa in a mere seven years as his citadel. Apart from the fact that it is a fortress, fantastic side of engineering is also a fact to mesmerize about Sigiriya Rock. The palace was built on top of the rock, where all the things have been carried physically by men. Unfortunately, only a little part of the palace remains on the summit which is still can be seen after climbing the rock. Moreover, the amazing countryside view of Sri Lanka can be seen from the top of the rock.
Sigiriya to Kandy:
Continue to Kandy. The drive take minimum 3 hours also this depends on the road traffic.
Temple of the Tooth:
In Kandy visit the famous Temple of the Tooth Relic which is believed to have the tooth of Buddha is also situated in Kandy. In the evening you will be able to attend the puja with hundreds of pilgrims passing by the beautifully lightened temple.
Kandyan Cultural Dance Performance:
Watch an amazing Kandyan dance performance. You’ll be amazed as you witness the variety of skills, of which amongst is the incredible fire walking.
Kandy to Galle:
Continue to Galle the drive will take 4 hrs also this depends on the road traffic.
Visit Galle, a coastal area in the South which has a great colonial influence. In the afternoon, you can visit the Fort which was built and occupied by Portuguese, Dutch, and British. You also can walk around the beautiful old, Dutch ramparts sticking out to the sea. Moreover, a visit to the beach will give you a glimpse view of the sunset in the evening.
Galle to Bentota:
Continue to Bentota. The drive will take a maximum of 1 1/2 hours.
Exploring Bawa's Lunuganga Gardens:
Lunuganga Estate was the country home of the renowned Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa. Started in 1947, the garden led Bawa, a lawyer called to the Bar at the Inner Temple in 1940, to decide to become an architect. As he went on to become Sri Lanka's and one of Asia's most prolific and influential architects, the garden at the Lunuganga estate remained his first muse and experimental laboratory for new ideas. He continued to change and experiment with its spaces and structures throughout his life until his final illness in 1998. Left to the Lunuganga Trust on his demise in 2003, the gardens are now open to the public and the buildings on the estate are run as a country house hotel.
Bentota to Colombo:
Continue to Colombo. The drive will take minimum 2 hours also this depends on the road traffic.
Blue Water Hotel Wadduwa:
Geoffrey Bawa designed serene hotel is set around a superb pool & beautifully screened by a grove of coconut palms. The attractive rooms have a/c, minibar, satellite TV, safe &sea-facing balconies; other facilities include a beauty salon, tennis &squash courts, three bars & a night club.
Parliment of Sri Lanka:
Sri Lanka's Parliament Building was designed by respected local architect Geoffrey Bawa. The building is designed in a style of regional modernism. While the building is an example of Modernism, it still respects Sri Lankan vernacular architecture. The parliament complex has the allusion of symmetry, which contrasts sharply with the organic form of the lake it is located in.
Geoffrey Bawa Number 11:
The Geoffrey Bawa residence is considered a special architectural marvel which also houses art and artifacts from the collection of the Late Archt. Geoffrey Bawa. Whist the Geoffrey Bawa Trust endeavors to encourage stays for those enthusiasts of Architecture and the Art, it is important to note that this residence is not run as a regular hotel.
Colombo - Bandaranaike International Airport:
It's time to say goodbye. Look back on a wonderful time in Sri Lanka and many impressions that the country has given you. You will be collected at your accommodation and transferred to the airport. The drive to Bandaranaike International Airport will take 45 minutes.
For visiting Sri Lanka, tourists are advised to register online on www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/
The applicable fee will be USD 30/=.
Sri Lanka is a very casual country, so no smart attire is required at any of the hotels. That said you may like to change for dinner at certain hotels – simply to make it more of an occasion. This is a personal decision. Because of the tropical climate light cotton and linen clothing is ideal. You will need some sturdy shoes for the climb up Sigiriya Rock, and on safari muted colors are best. Because of the heat we recommend you carry a sunhat and sunglasses at all times. We also suggest you pack some form of waterproof jacket as rain is always a possibility in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka’s currency is the 'Rupee', abbreviated as ‘Rps’. Rupees. Notes (Bills) are in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 & 1000, 2000 and 5000 Rupees. It is not possible to purchase Sri Lankan Rupees outside of the country. The current exchange rate is approximately 110 Rps to the Australian Dollar and 150 Rps to the United States Dollar
Visiting foreigners can exchange money at international airports where 24-hour exchange facilities are available, through banks and approved money changers. Because you will not be spending any time in the cities we suggest you get all necessary currency at the airport on arrival.
Travelers Cheque /Credit Cards
Travelers’ Cheque should be of well-known brands like Thomas Cook, American Express and Visa. The hotels generally accept Major Credit Cards like American Express, Master Cards, Visa, etc., including hotels, shops and airlines.
Tipping (This is only a recommendation)
It is usual to tip your chauffeur guide and National Park Drivers and Guide. Though we give below the general guidelines, it is to be remembered that tipping is a sign of gratification for good service, and therefore please view these guidelines as the middle ground, which can be adjusted depending on the level of service you feel you have received.
Please note the below amounts are per group / couple / individual traveler.
Chauffeur Guide: USD 20.00 per day given on last day departure.
National Park Driver: LKR 1500
National Park Naturalist: LKR 1500
Safari Camp Staff: USD 20.00 per day given to staff on departure.
Please note that whilst all hotels include a 10% service charge in their rates, it is customary to leave tips at the end of your stay at the boutique properties in particular. We suggest 1500 Rupees per day which can be left with the manager on departure
In Sri Lanka voltage is 230 volts AC, 50 cycles, though some areas also have DC supplies. Visitors are advised to check the voltage before using electrical appliances. Socket sizes vary, so it is as well to take a set of plug adapters, available from most electrical stores.
The import of prohibited articles such as dangerous drugs, live plants, gold/silver bullion and coins, not in current use, is either totally prohibited or restricted. The law provides heavy penalties for the infringement of this restriction. Also, bylaw, visitors are banned from taking antiques and wildlife products out of the country – any infringement is punishable by fines and imprisonment.
Visitors to Sri Lanka find varied subjects for photography including people, monuments, wildlife, festivities, and landscapes. Most Sri Lankans are very happy to have their photograph taken but common courtesies apply and permission should be asked beforehand. No money need be given; this is not the Sri Lankan way.
Visiting Places of Worship
Removing shoes one’s before entering any temples is essential. Do not wear shorts, skirts above the knee or sleeveless tops in places of public worship.
It is always advisable to obtain good travel insurance to cover the worst possible scenario. Do keep a copy of your policy separately as a safeguard.
Before traveling to Sri Lanka it is advised that you consult your doctor or local travel clinic regarding any inoculations you may need. Malaria preventive course may be taken before your trip, but again this should be consulted with your doctor.
05 night’s double sharing accommodation
BB at all hotels, HB at Weir House
Private air-conditioned car and English-speaking driver for tour and transfers
Entry fees to sights mentioned on the itinerary
Transport price includes accommodation for the driver
All prices are inclusive of tax and service charges
Transport times are approximate and subject to change due to road conditions and weather
All reservations subject to availability at time of booking
The standard check-out time in Sri Lanka is 12 noon and check-in time 02 pm.
Founded in March 2014 in Colombo Sri Lanka. Jagathsingh Jayasingh (Short Name - Jagath) who has been in this hospitality industry for past 15 years. It started in 1997 when Jagath was asked from the local church from Hatton (Christ Church - Dickoya) to accompanying Rev Richard Woodham to Adam's Speak. Luxurious Lanka founder and CEO is Jagath who is passionate about traveling and exploring new places. His motto "customer is always right".
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