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Brief Garden - Bevis Bawa

Address: Kalawila Village, Beruwala, Bentota 12070, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: 034 227 4462
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Ranked #5 of 13 Attractions in Bentota
Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Lovely large tranquil gardens but the house is very interesting. it belonged to the architect and designer Bevis Bawa, a homosexual who was the darling of the Hollywood crowd in the 50's. Beautifully deigned spacious rooms, he died without children and left the house and over 24 acres to his staff,The Butler, who now owns the house will show you... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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20 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

We took a tuk tuk from our guest house in Bentota - approx. 25 mins drive each way - paid rps 1200. The drive was interesting in itself, but then the gardens and house was amazing. We were left to wander alone around the gardens then given a guided tour of the house and its' history. Bevis Bawa had the... More 

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Hampton
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

The present owner explained how the house and gardens came about, they form a quiet and tranquil setting. Was used as a emergency shelter for 200 tourist in 2004 after the Tsunami. Owner refused a large compensation sum from the tourist industry but donated it to the town to pay for scholarship for local students.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
16 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Beautiful gardens with many lovely flowers and plants. We even got to see a group of monkeys high in the trees feeding on fruits. It is well worth a visit if you like gardens and tranquil surroundings.

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Portland, Oregon
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Worth the trip to see this amazing estate and house. The gardens and paths are charming and the house a perfect setting in the climate. Entry is 1000 Sri Lankan Rupees per person and worth it. We took a Tuk-Tuk there and that is the best way to get around.

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

It's a beautifully laid out garden, though the entrance fee is steep (SLR 1000 per person). And for the price one doesn't even get a guide to walk along and point out the sights or even give some history of the garden. Visitors are left to figure things out for themselves.

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Petah Tiqwa, Israel
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Beautiful and interesting place,filled with amazing works of art of the Bawa and his friends. The house itself is an architectural pearl. The gardens are inspiring. we all loved the place. Worth a visit if you stay in Bentota or Beruwela area. A half an hour with a three wheeler which in itself is a lovely experience. Only downside is... More 

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Wiesbaden, Germany
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67 reviews 67 reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

The garden and the house are very nice and the guide gives you a great introduction to the life of Bevis Bawa and the estate. He was perfectly speaking english and german and made the tour very interesting. We love the estate!

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Delhi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

The beautiful expanse of greenery... Garden is manicured yet so wild in places to keep the natural charm alive.. We fell in love with this romantic garden and the family who welcomed us there. A must visit for all nature gazing lovers.

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wales
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

We really enjoyed our two hour visit, especially as we shared tea with the charming owner. He could not have been more patient and informative about the house, garden and the Bawa family. The garden in a carefully choreographed "jungle" with some beautiful (and sometimes quirky) architectural features and ornaments. The collection of photographs and paintings in the house -... More 

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