Sri Lankan architecture

Sri Lankan architecture

The ancient kingdoms of Colombo, Kandy, and Galle left behind a rich legacy of Sri Lankan art and Sri Lankan architecture In lovely historic structures, residences, and churches, you can witness colonial influences from Portugal, the Netherlands, and the British. Buddhism played a role in the development of traditional Sri Lankan architecture, which resulted in a variety of architectural forms. Hindu traditional architecture was influenced by India as well, as shown by the colorful kovils that dot the island.

An important architect named Geoffrey Bawa revived post-colonial culture and revived interest in indigenous crafts via his impact on tropical modern art. One of the best venues in the area is the Chinese-designed Nelum Pokuna Theater. Overall, Sri Lanka boasts a rich cultural legacy that gives visitors a singular experience.

Geoffrey Bawa’s  Sri Lankan architecture

who are interested in viewing Sri Lankan architecture legacy, as well as new designs, can do so on this tour. A well-known architect from Sri Lanka is Geoffrey Bawa. Asian architect Bawa revolutionized architecture with his ‘Tropical Modernism’ style, incorporating modern design principles and local context. Sir Geoffrey Bawa’s creations can be seen in Bentota at Villa Bentota and the Lunuganga, as well as in Sigiriya at the Heritance Kandalama, New Parliament Complex, and Colombo’s Paradise Road Gallery Café.  Jetwing Lighthouse offers an overview of yet another magnificent design by Sir Geoffrey Bawa.


Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple

Colombo, the administrative center of Sri Lanka, is a special place with a fusion of contemporary conveniences, colonial influences, and indigenous customs. Its artwork and architecture highlight contemporary conveniences, colonial influences, and unpolished naiveness. The Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, the Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, the Viharamahadevi Park, the Colombo Fort, the World Trade Center, the Independence Memorial Hall, and Geoffrey Bawa’s home are a few of the attractions.

New Sri Lankan Parliament

New Sri Lankan Parliament

In 1979, architect Geoffrey Bawa designed the new Sri Lankan Parliament, a modern regionalism-inspired monument atop an artificial lake in Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte. Inspired by traditional audience halls in Polonnaruwa and Kandy, the building is a public-friendly monument surrounded by landscaped gardens and an open-sided hall.

Sri Lankan architecture Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka

Polonnaruwa, a 12th-century AD city, was Sri Lanka’s capital and a center of politics and commerce. Polo Parakramabahu’s rule saw economic success and the development of Indian-inspired architecture, which is still evident in protected structures

Sigiriya Sri Lanka

The palace of King Kashyapa, located on the Lion Rock of Sigiriya, is a UNESCO World Heritage site with a 1600-year-old stronghold. Surrounded by moats and ramparts, it is a stunning example of city planning during the time. The palace’s walls are adorned with vibrant paintings and detailed sculptures, giving it a sculptural feel. The palace’s unique architecture and sculptural design make it a captivating and intriguing attraction.


Galle Fort Sri Lanka

Galle, a historic port city on Sri Lanka’s southern coast, is a blend of Asian and Portuguese cultures in terms of traditions, Sri Lankan architecture, and language. Dutch colonial structures, including the 17th-century Galle Fort, have made it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Galle is a bustling history town with charming churches, cafés, bookstores, boutiques, beaches, and a fort accessible on foot or without a car.


Geoffrey Bawa's Lunuganga

Bentota, which is well-known for its beautiful beaches, is also a noteworthy architectural location. Ancient Sri Lankan water gardens, English landscaping, Japanese art, and Italian Renaissance gardens may all be found at Geoffrey Bawa’s Lunuganga, a former cinnamon plantation.


Anuradhapura Sri Lanka

The capital of Sri Lanka is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that displays remnants of the royal baths, stupas, temples, and Sinhala civilization. With features like the 92-meter-tall Ruwanwelisaya stupa, the Abhayagiri monastery, and the Mihintale temple complex, the city has seen countless modifications.

Nine Arch Bridge in Ella

The Nine Arch Bridge is known as the Sky Bridge. The bridge is made of stones and is a total length of 300 ft, a width of 25 ft, and a height of 80 ft, as in nine spans. Exactly located in Demodara, halfway between Ella and Demodara railway stations. Built at 3100 meters above sea level, among the Central Highlands’ craggy peaks


Geoffrey Bawa's first hotel Kandalama

Kandalama, a hamlet in Sri Lanka, is the site of Geoffrey Bawa’s first hotel venture and offers breathtaking vistas. The hotel is a sparse and understated structure that is concealed by dense foliage. It is located in Sigiriya on a ridge that overlooks Lion Rock