While the south coast of Sri Lanka is famed for its beaches, it also has some remarkable green spaces including the Brief Garden in Beruwala; here’s a glimpse into what you can expect.
Planning a Visit
This attraction can be found in the Kalawila Village of Beruwala and is just a 15-minute drive from hotels such as Cinnamon Bentota Beach. It is open from 8:00am to 5:00pm; ideally, wear light clothing and a pair of sneakers or shoes in case the ground is muddy after any rain.
This 20-acre garden was created by Bevis Bawa (brother of famed architect Geoffrey Bawa) and is well worth a visit from budget or 5 star hotels in Bentota; it is home to more than 100 varieties of trees as well as plants like torch ginger and Madagascar periwinkle. The Frangipani tree at the entrance is said to be the garden’s first tree planted by Bevis Bawa.
A Garden of Wonder
Those exploring the Brief Garden will come across various landscape-styles with elements fromItalian villa gardens andtropical forests. It also has a Chinese water garden,Japanese garden, ponds, shady pathways, statues hidden in the foliage, a bathing fountain and seats for you to just unwind and enjoy the tranquillity.
Visiting the Villa
You can also visit the villa whereBevis Bawa once resided and get a glimpse into his life as well as his love for art. Inside, one will find a captivating mural depicting Sri Lankan life, various sculptures, old photographs, paintings and more which lend to the villa’s charm.