Brief Garden - Bevis Bawa, Beruwala

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Exotic and lush, Brief Garden - Bevis Bawa once belonged to the most renowned landscape architect in Sri Lanka. Located 10 km (6.2 mi) from Bentota, the garden adopts a jungle habitat aesthetic, with thick leaves encroaching on the scattered paths. A vast array of sculptures fill the garden, while many hidden spaces with benches, tables, ponds, and a bathing fountain add charm to this unique attraction. Keep an eye out for exotic birds and monkeys while exploring this intimate green space. Put Brief Garden - Bevis Bawa on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Beruwala day trip tool .
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  • You'd love never to go again. Was one of my highlights. If you like art and plants, you're in the right place.
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  • Our chauffeur leaves the coastal road, asks, drives a road that becomes a dirt road, asks again, again the same thing, asks ... until we are finally at the letter garden. After almost 20 kilometers of driving we arrived. There are four cars in the small car park. A green-hanging yellow door. A wrought-iron grid lets us into another world after the ringing, after a long wait. Into the world of the Bawa brothers : by Bevis Bawa, the owner and builder and his older brother Geoffrey Bawa (1912 – 2003). The architect known far beyond the borders of Sri Lanka, co-founder of the "Tropical Modernisme". One of the most important and influential Asian architects. He connected art and nature in a special way, eastern and western construction methods. A late professional, because at the age of 35 he hung up his successful legal profession and studied architecture in London. He played a major part in his brother's house and garden. Captain Bevis Bawa (1909–1992), on the other hand, was the most respected landscape architect of Southeast Asia, for many years aide-de-camp (personal adjudant) of the governors of Ceylon. Bevis Bawa was in the blood of art and, unlike his brother, he was not bound by styles and artistic discipline. He let his romantic vein run wild. He cleverly combines nature with living in his house and garden. The family assets - resulting from rubber plantations - were cleverly used here. The parents , the father a very respected and rich lawyer, half Sri Lankan Muslim, half English, the mother German, raised him as a world man: a part Singhalese, a part German, a part Scots and planted him the love of nature, which he pursued whenever the Politics left time. Despite the heat, we feel that his garden radiates as a place of tranquillity, built in harmony with nature, but also designed with great attention to detail. So you will find not only wonderful cool places where the landlord liked to stay, but also a selected art collection. It is moist and hot during the visit, but extremely interesting, because each bend reveals new facets. Walking through the entrance, you enter a small cosmos full of small ponds, winding paths, hidden arbors. One is surrounded by a lot of tropical plants, between which sculptures are placed. In some places the vegetation is so dense that hardly any rays of sunshine reach the ground. 106 different tree species are cleverly distributed on the 80,000 sqm area. Nothing substantial has changed here for 85 years. The number of birds that can be observed in the garden is enormous. The many plants are fascinating. No matter where you look, it has bloomed lushly in many places of the garden. However, it is not only native plants that can be found there, but also garden plants imported from other regions of the world. Some parts of the garden seem natural, partly swampy by the rain, others, however, strictly maintained, e.g. the lawns. However, it is above all the "wilder" areas in which a particularly large number of animals live. The tall treetops, for example, are home to the bronze fruit pigeons and the Ceylon parrots, a tiny parrot species found only in the Brief Garden and nowhere else in Sri Lanka. Particularly impressive is a Frangipanibaucm (Plumeria rubra) next to the house entrance. This was the first tree Bevis planted here and he reportedly built the house around him. For nature lovers, the garden is the highlight of a visit to Sri Lanka. But also the visit of the house is one. A picture gallery pictures of Bevis and his brother with the world's political and intellectual elites. The antique furniture from the colonial period is impressive and the artworks of various artists (e.g. from Australia) are extremely impressive. The 360 walled wine bottles are amusing, the open-air bathroom (with Adonis in front of it) and with small niches not only entertaining, but certainly also useful. During his lifetime, Bawa had not settled his estate. After his death in 1992, his house and the approximately ten-hectare area were distributed among his employees proportionally by years of service.
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  • A man made structure to admire. If going it's worth to go visit the house too as it has beautiful memories to see too. The garden has beautiful structures and statues to see only if interested in architecture.
  • Top class architecture and land scaping. The place is still safe as it is hidden. Recommend for students and nature lovers.
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