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Brief Garden - Bevis Bawa

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Address: | Kalawila Village, Beruwala 12070, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: 034 227 4462
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Decadence, Myth, Eros, Art, Still Hang in Colonial House and Grounds - beware of steps

We recommend taking a tuk-tuk there as the directions to the house are minimal. Also, there are many steps (some of them high) and uneven terrain in the grounds and garden, which... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
romeboy
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New York
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New York
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118 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We recommend taking a tuk-tuk there as the directions to the house are minimal. Also, there are many steps (some of them high) and uneven terrain in the grounds and garden, which could be challenging for the elderly or differently-abled. This is were Bevis Bawa retired after his brief career in the army and where he surrounded himself with a... More 

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1 Thank romeboy
Lausanne, Switzerland
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34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Found the location in Lonely Planet guide book. We stopped there on our way from Colombo to Galle. Our driver had difficulty to find the place. Finally we arrived and paid the 1000Rs/p fee. Worth the price! The garden and house are very well maintained. Garden and house are so beautiful and quiet, 1-2 hours visit in this enchanted place

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1 Thank 2swisstravelers
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Difficult to find the place as no directions are given. Entrance fee is Rs 1000. Garden is not at all great. Plenty of greenery and quite vast. The colonial bungalow is the highlight. Boring for children. It can be seen within an hour.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Brief Gardens on the recommendations of the owner of Diya Sisila last January but didn't get a chance to go last year so made a point of going this year. Well it was certainly worth the wait, it was such a tranquil peaceful place to be and it just transported us back to the 1930's. We could... More 

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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166 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautifully designed and maintained natural style garden. Well worth a visit if gardens interest you.The guided tour of the house and information about Bevis Bawa was fascinating and cup of tea very welcome. Apparently the road has recently been improved ,we had no problems visiting by tuk tuk.

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Sweden
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The tour around the garden was beautiful if you like to see typical Sri Lankan trees, flowers and buildings. But the most wonderful thing about this visit was the lunch in the garden. We got served twelve different curries, all of them very tasty. We would recommend a trip here, mostly to taste the food.

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2 Thank Martina A
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our driver offered to bring us to this garden. We are eternally grateful for this suggestion. The guide seemed a little "annoyed" with the visitors but after showing genuine interest in the house and the life of the Bawa's, he appeared to be a very funny, thoughtful and knowledgeable guide. Loved it!!!

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2 Thank Karin V
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful grounds, I like the fact that it isn't perfectly manicured - much more natural. 'Brief Garden' is a good name - we toured the grounds in 40 minutes but still worth a visit if you're not coming from far away.

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Cornwall, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely place to visit and stroll through the garden but most interesting part is the house. Fascinating for people interested in architecture and design.

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Thank SamakaLondon
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

If you are a fan of out of the box architecture that goes with nature, then it worth paying a visit. The ride to the property takes 15-30 minutes from Aluthgama

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