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Brief Garden - Bevis Bawa

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

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Lovely find

Whilst not the main event (apparently that is Lungana) this is a lovely find (although it is very hard to find) and a lovely example of tropical living in a bygone era. I arrived... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Melbourne, Australia

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

First of all it's just place where original person lived. He had got interesting garden and house. Now it seams that not too much is invested to maintaine the garden. At the same time entrance fee is pretty expensive. It's also not so easy to get here. For our children it was boring and to hot to walk through the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Whilst not the main event (apparently that is Lungana) this is a lovely find (although it is very hard to find) and a lovely example of tropical living in a bygone era. I arrived late in the day, had I planned better I'd have seen both and booked the lunch, but Brief (and you learn why it's called that), brief... More 

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Thank BSBtraveller
Manama, Bahrain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

although not at the same level of the Luluganga estate this is quite a find, lovely details and momentos from the friends and visitors of the Bawa brothers

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New Delhi, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to visit the place on the basis of earlier reviews. The Gardens were nice but the entry cost is prohibitive and definately not worth the effort.

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Thank SurinderPopli
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful gardens, great day spent there and a very interesting guide who told us all about the house and about Bevis Bawa (including some... interesting details!)

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

Visited this place. Please check through Google maps and go. Easier than locals advise. They changed 300 to visit the garden which was pretty average. 1000 lkr to peep through the house. Which was pointless for us. Any way it's a private place and somebody is selling bava's name to earn a living. Not good man not good.

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Thank Prasad W
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

Having visited his brother's property of Lunuganga we were curious to see Bevis Bawa's home and garden. Once again there is a bell to ring, and an entrance fee of 1000 Rupees to pay. We were left to tour the grounds on our own, which was a bit daunting but since it is a relatively small area we did not... More 

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Cambridge
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

Worth the 3000 Rupee taxi fair from our hotel to visit these gardens in Bentota .The gardens were laid out with great foresight and vision. The house was modest but brought to life by the man who guided us round. Bevis Bawa was certainly and interesting man. 1000 Rupee entrance fee.

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Trowbridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

Charming gardens, with a variety of plants, and many interesting birds to watch. House also worth a visit, with helpful guide.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

We knew nothing about Bevis Bawa, although knew about his brother Geoffrey the architect. His garden reflects his life and is fantastic - lots of paths leading to secluded areas where you'll find odd and interesting sculptures (some more interesting than others!). The house is preserved and filled with his possessions. His story is fascinating and Brief Garden gives a... More 

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