Bawa in Colombo

A Pepper Experience

Take a guided journey around Colombo with a focus on Sri Lanka’s great architect, Geoffrey Bawa. Visit his home and his other notable buildings in the city.

  • Includes: host, drink (Gallery Cafe), No.11
  • Times: approx. 2–2.5 hrs. 10am, 2pm, 3.30pm
  • Children: suits older kids, but the tour can be tailored
  • To wear/bring: light, cool clothing, camera

Your tour of Bawa’s Colombo begins at Number 11, the hub of Geoffrey’s city life. Your host is very knowledgeable about Bawa and his notable contemporaries within the scenes of art, architecture and textiles, such as Barbara Sansoni (Barefoot), Minette de Silva (Sri Lanka’s first female architect) and Ena de Silva (a famous batik artist). You will discover that some of Bawa’s former staff still look after the house and its countless stories. Continue to Gallery Café and appreciate another of Bawa’s triumphs over a drink.  Finally, visit Seema Malaka Temple on Beira Lake, which Bawa redesigned in the 1970s. End your tour with either an exhibition (if there’s one on) or a trip to Barefoot.

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