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Brief Garden - Bevis Bawa

Kalawila Village, Beruwala, Bentota 12070, Sri Lanka
034 227 4462
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Ranked #3 of 13 Attractions in Bentota
Type: Gardens
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Doha
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Beautiful gardens but research the owner and his past first!? The atmosphere and artwork in the house were strange.

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Karachi, Pakistan
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Make no mistake, Brief Garden is off the beaten path. You will want to investigate whether it is worth the trouble to get there. Garden aficionados might want to visit, but don't take a rickshaw. Too, the pedophilia element surrounding Bevis Bawa adds another dimension to the question of visiting. The Rs 1000 admission fee is a bit over priced.

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Perth
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Wasn't expecting such magical gardens hidden away. Well worth visiting to take in the gardens and architecture, even if you're not a buff.

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Sydney
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Interesting way to spend a couple of hours wandering around the lovely grounds and viewing the house.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Excellent and lovely garden, great welcome from Dooland and his wife. Well manicured garden in a peaceful location! Must see if you are around Beruwala area.

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Toowoomba, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Bevis Bawa had a great eye for design as did his boyfriend Donald. The garden and house make an interesting tour with lots of take home ideas. Yes the man was gay and young Sri Lankan males were involved but to downgrade this place because of the sexual orientation of the owner somewhat misses the point. The whole area reflects... More

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

OK, so the house and gardens are presentable. The moon gate is interesting, but that's where it stops. Make no mistake, this place reeks of paedophilia. Everything about it, from the "special" places and hidey-holes in the gardens where young boys where taken, to the phallic statues and sad photographic portraits of young boys. Bawa, Donald Friend and their cronies... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Wonderful garden and house is full of interesting art work. Fascinating contrast to Lunagunga. A must for Bawa fans.

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western australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

A bit of a hike going there and our driver was not overly keen since it was a small dirt road but we loved wandering around the garden snapping away at the different vistas and 'rooms', mosquitoes are definitely loving seeing tourists there but manageable. As for the house, the 'keeper' was not overly enthusiastic in his commentary but we... More

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Key Largo, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

The garden was beautiful and we had a very pleasant stroll through the jungle like growth. The tour of the house spoiled the experience for us, however, as the hallway exiting the house showcased paintings and photographs that implied that Bawa's boy servants were victims of pedophilia. These acts should never be condoned, let alone celebrated, and we remain shocked... More

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