After our time in Galle, we headed north-west up the coast to Bentota, another coastal area, known for it's boutique hotels and its proximity to Colombo. Our main reason for visiting however, was to visit Lunuganga - Architect Geoffrey Bawa's residence and garden. We chose the scenic route and drove along the coastline. It was incredibly beautiful and we saw some amazing beaches that we mentally made note of for when we (hope to) visit again.
Upon arriving in Bentota, we spent time relaxing in our beautiful Bawa designed hotel (The Villa by Paradise Road), cooling down during the midday heat before venturing out n the afternoon to Lunuganga. Both Andrew and I are huge fans of Geoffrey Bawa and his tropical modernist aesthetic. So we were geeking out a bit, staying in one of his designs and than visiting his personal garden and Bentota residence. Meandering around the garden just before sunset was just stunning, and we left incredibly inspired. As this was also our last night in Sri Lanka, it made for a really nice finish before taking on hectic Colombo and then our flight home.
There is also the Brief Garden, which belonged to Bawa's brother, Bevis Bawa. However with bub in tow, we thought it best to just take on one garden with our limited time (and there's always next time right?).
If you're into architecture, gardens or just love being surrounded by beauty, I definitely recommend visiting Lunuganga and also checking out the work of Geoffrey Bawa.
Next: my last post from Sri Lanka - Colombo! Then I'll do a little write-up from my perspective of travelling with a 7-month old (it's mostly good!).
|inside one of the pavillions at Lunuganga|
|the Villa by Paradise Road - designed by Geoffrey Bawa|