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Brief Garden - Bevis Bawa

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Address: Kalawila Village, Beruwala, Bentota 12070, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: 034 227 4462
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Beauty of a Bygone Era

Was a bit of a drive down a narrow road to get hear but once we got there felt it was fully worth the trip. A ticket to view the garden and home of Bewis Bawa costs Rs.1000 per... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

This was a highlight, what a magnificent short day trip. What was created here is just fantastic, and what a great time it must have been to live in Sri Lanka.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Make the time to come and see this beautiful garden. Easy to get to and in some ways much more beautiful than Lunaganga. A real treat.

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Banbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This really is a wonderful garden and house now owned and run by the previous gardener and his family, who used to tend to the gardens for Mr bevis and his partner. It looks simply sumptuous in the rain and still has that wonderful charm and magic about it. Well done Dan and the de Silva family for continuing to... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Beautiful grounds to wander through followed by a tour of the house with an informative guide, but wear mosquito repellant otherwise you'll have loads of itchy bites!

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

The biggest problem with Brief Garden is the lack of directions both to get to the gardens and once their around the garden itself. Constructed in 1929 and opened to the public 40 years later, not a lot has been done to assist the visitor. Even the toilet located in the garden is a health hazard, certainly not there to... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Was a bit of a drive down a narrow road to get hear but once we got there felt it was fully worth the trip. A ticket to view the garden and home of Bewis Bawa costs Rs.1000 per person. There is an ancient bell that needs to be rung to inform that you have arrived. The garden is full... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Such peace and tranquility. We spent the day at Brief, walking along the many paths through luscious greenery and calm waters. Many sculptures and statues placed in the gardens give an insight to Bawa's lifestyle. Highly recommended for a day out.

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Budelsdorf, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Personal tour of the gardens and beautiful house. Entry 1000 rupees which goes towards upkeep. Take a picnic.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

It was a nightmare to get to the garden. There are no signs and the road is almost non-existent. After a long search we reached the place to find it desolate. We returned utterly disappointed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

We spent a lovely afternoon here wandering round the neat lawns. An English garden with spectacular exotic flowers. The house is beautiful and the lovely gentleman who showed us round and made our tea brought the house to life with stories of the past. Magical

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