Here's a video - 01 of 02 - with highlights from our seven day Architecture Trip to Sri Lanka (from Dec, 2019).


Here's a video - 02 of 02 - with highlights from our seven day Architecture Trip to Sri Lanka (from Dec, 2019).



14th to 20th December, 2019

This tailor-made 7-day tour of Sri Lanka takes in many of the country's highlights with a focus on the work of its most famous architect - Geoffrey Bawa - and the heritage that inspired him.

There will be time to take in ancient sites and other more traditional buildings too – both Sri Lankan vernacular and Dutch colonial. These were important influences on Bawa as he developed his famous 'Tropical Modernism' architectural style.

You’ll also experience Bawa's work first hand by visiting several projects (across scales & programmes) that he designed.

Tour highlights include: 

  • Visit Bawa’s Colombo residence and the country's Parliament Complex~ that he designed. 

  • Stay at a gorgeous beach-side boutique hotel in Bentota designed by Bawa on the beautiful south coast. 

  • Visit Lunuganga, Bawa’s weekend home and lifelong project and his brother's garden that inspired his career.

  • Attend a talk and interact with the team at an award-winning local contemporary architecture practice - Palinda Kannangara Architects

  • Visit Lighthouse Galle another brilliant beach-side hotel designed by Bawa

  • Explore two of Sri Lanka's magnificent World Heritage Sites - the Golden Temple of Dambulla and the Dutch Fort in Galle - that show the architectural importance of Sri Lanka since as far back as the first century BCE.   

  • Stay at the Kandalama Hotel, one of the best examples of Bawa's skill in adapting design to suit environment.  

  • The tour will include accommodation at some of the best hotels in Sri Lanka on Full Board Basis as per our itinerary & all transport in a private AC Luxury Coach with English-speaking local guide. 

  • A Specialist Architecture Guide from #ThreeFlaneurs who is well-versed with Sri Lanka & its Architecture will accompany the group.

(~ Subject to availability & approval of special permission) 


Trip Dates: 

14th Dec to 20th Dec, 2019


7 days, 6 nights 

Day 0 | Fri, 13 Dec 2019

Evening / Night flight to Colombo

DAY 01 | Sat, 14 Dec 2019 | COLOMBO : ORIENTATION 

Start of Tour : Morning arrival and pick-up at Bandaranaike International Airport, followed by a General Tour Introduction, and a half-day Colombo city tour

DAY 02 | Sun, 15 Dec 2019 | COLOMBO 

Explore multiple projects in the city designed by Geoffrey Bawa; studio visit of award-winning local architecture practice - Palinda Kannangara Architects

DAY 03 | Mon, 16 Dec 2019 | MATARA / GALLE^

Explore the sprawling campus of the University of Ruhuna in the southern city of Matara (designed by Geoffrey Bawa); visit a recently completed residential project by Palinda Kannangara Architects;  followed by half-day self-exploration of the Galle Dutch Fort by foot ^ (here you can see some interesting adaptive re-use projects within the historic urban fabric within the fort walls) 

DAY 04 | Tue, 17 Dec 2019 | GALLE / BENTOTA

Visit the iconic Lighthouse Hotel Galle (designed by Geoffrey Bawa) and explore multiple tourism-related projects designed by Geoffrey Bawa in the beautiful beach-side town of Bentota 

DAY 05 | Wed, 18 Dec 2019 | BENTOTA 

Attend guided tours of two of Sri Lanka's best private gardens - Lunuganga Estate & Brief Garden - in the outskirts of Bentota

DAY 06 | Thu, 19 Dec 2019 | DAMBULLA 

Visit the historic Golden Temple of Dambulla before heading to spend a night at Bawa's iconic Kandalama Hotel, an truly magical property in an enchanting location. 

DAY 07 | Fri, 20 Dec 2019 | COLOMBO^

Explore the iconic Unesco World Heritage Site designated - Ancient City of Sigiriya (Optional activity at additional cost)  

^ Return to Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport : End of Tour  

^ The services of the dedicated Specialist Design+Travel Guide(s) may not be available on these dates - however the group will be briefed with multiple to-do suggestions on the day prior to these Free Time slots.   

[ Travelers opting to stay longer can cover more sights of Sri Lanka's amazing Culture triangle including visits to Sacred City of Anuradhapura, the Ancient City of Polonnaruwa and the Ancient City of Sigiriya. Kindly contact us for more suggestions.] 

What's Included: 

• 6 nights accommodation (with stays in Colombo, Galle, Bentota and Dambulla)

• Accommodation on twin sharing and Full Board Basis 

• All internal transport in a private AC Luxury Coach with English-Speaking Local Guide

• Dedicated Specialist Design+Travel Guide(s) with extensive Architectural Knowledge, Design Pedagogy & Travel experience on behalf of the #ThreeFlaneurs to accompany the group at all times according to tour itinerary (^ except on days marked with Free Time slots)   

Group Size*

Average group size 20 guests 

(*minimum group size of 15 guests are required to make this trip viable)

Meals Included: 

06 - Breakfasts; 06 - Dinners at Hotel; & 06 - Lunches at Outside Local or Indian Restaurants  


5-star category hotels designed by Geoffrey Bawa (in Bentota, Dambulla) and 3-star category hotels or highly-rated Airbnb properties (in Colombo, Galle)

Solo travelers: 

At #ThreeFlaneurs we believe single travelers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travelers joining group trips are paired in twin share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. 


• Return international air tickets from source to Bandaranaike International Airport 

• Sri Lankan Visa (find more information about this here - )  

• International Travel insurance   

• Any Transaction / VAT / GST / Remittance charges

• Additional entry tickets to sights as per itinerary beyond the ones mentioned above

• Meals not mentioned above (for e.g. Breakfast on Day 01; Lunch & Dinner on Day 07 are not included)

• Any expense of personal nature i.e. Tips, Portages, Mineral Water, Laundry, Telephone Bills, etc. 

• Early hotel check-in & late check-out

• Camera & video permits

• Optional exploration of the Ancient City of Sigiriya

• Anything not mentioned in the inclusions 

Itinerary Disclaimer: 

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described above, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable.

A more detailed day-by-day itinerary document highlights the sights to be covered on each day will be shared one week prior to the trip. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.  

The Itinerary can be rescheduled by #ThreeFlaneurs & Peregrine for smooth execution of the trip. Due to unforeseen circumstances such as social or labor unrest, mechanical or construction failures or difficulties, diseases, local laws, climactic conditions, criminal acts or abnormal conditions or developments outside our control, the Tours/Sightseeing can be altered. No refund will be provided in such cases.

* Pricing is based on US$ to IN₹ exchange rate as of August 2019, this is subject to change according to Forex fluctuations and is subject to change at the time of actual payment.


Specialist Design+Travel Guide:

• Sahil Latheef is a Charles Correa Gold medalist and a highly qualified architect who has been engaged with architectural academia for over 10 years at various schools (both within India and Internationally). He has worked on several award-winning projects for architectural practices in Doha, London, Mumbai and Singapore before moving to Dubai where he is currently based. 

Besides professionally practicing architecture Sahil teaches at the Architecture department, Amity University, Dubai Academic City and is also part of several on going research projects in the region. He has extensively traveled around the world to study architecture and to lead design tours. 

Number of Specialist Design+Travel Guides will depend on actual group size at time of travel 


Supplementary Notes:

1. Itinerary Pace 

This is a very fast paced itinerary which covers lots of ground. While this is great as it allows us to see a huge amount in the available time, it also means some early starts, some long days and less free time (on days not marked with ^Free Time Slots). We feel that if you enter this trip with this knowledge and expectation, you will appreciate even more the variety of locations we are able to include in this itinerary. 

2. Transport 

We will be using a private air-conditioned luxury coach for this tour. Even with a full group there should be multiple seats empty.

3. Remarks on Hotels

​Standard hotel check-in is at 1400 hrs & check out at 1200 hrs across Sri Lanka (we will be requesting for early check-in and late check-out, but this is subject to room availability and is not in our control). No hotel bookings have been blocked so far. Rates are subject to change based on availability of rooms and receipt of advance payment. The name of hotels mentioned above are tentative and we will confirm the details of available hotels at the time of advance payment. 

4. Tour/Package Pricing 

* ​Costs are subject to change without notice due to currency fluctuations or any other statutory increases beyond our control. In addition, this package is based on a minimum group size of 15 travelers travelling together: if the number of travelers falls below the minimum required, a surcharge may be imposed on all passengers.

​* Pricing is based on current Forex exchange rates (as of August 2019), this is subject to change according to Forex fluctuations and is subject to change at the time of actual payment. 

* All prices mentioned here are for Indian Nationals only (surcharge may apply to Non-Indians).

5. Flight Recommendations

We will share our flight recommendations shortly.

6. Insurance  

Although this is not included in our package, we strongly recommend travel insurance. There are different types of medical, baggage or trip cancellations insurance from the supplier or the agencies. NOTE: Insurance coverage may not cover pre-existing conditions and may have other restrictions and exclusions. 

7. Booking & Cancellation policy

Tour Pricing will be collected on basis of 50% (advance booking) seat-blocking payment at the time of confirmation (or minimum 45 days prior to trip commencement) and the remaining 50% Pricing 30 Days before departure date. 

Cancellation done up to 45 days prior to departure date - 30% Cancellation Fee will apply; 44-31 days prior to departure date - 75% Cancellation Fee will apply; 30 days prior to departure date - 100% Cancellation Fee will apply - i.e. NO REFUND.

8. Disclaimer of Liability 

#ThreeFlaneurs and Peregrine is acting as a mere agent for suppliers in selling travel-related services, or in accepting reservations or bookings for services that are not directly supplied by us (such as hotel accommodations, meals, sightseeing & museum tickets, etc.). #ThreeFlaneurs & Peregrine, shall not be responsible for any injuries, damages, or losses caused to any traveler in connection with social or labor unrest, mechanical or construction failures or difficulties, diseases, local laws, climactic conditions, criminal acts or abnormal conditions or developments, or any other actions, omissions, or conditions outside our control. Traveler assumes complete and full responsibility for, and hereby releases the #ThreeFlaneurs and Peregrine from any duty of, checking and verifying any and all passport, visa, vaccination, or other entry requirements to Japan, and all safely or security conditions at such destinations, during the length of the proposed travel.    


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