Ten kilometres inland from Bentota is the Brief Garden, house, which used to be the home of landscape architect Bevis Bawa, brother of renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa. The estate was formerly a rubber plantation, but in its current form it is a hillside garden with excellent views and artwork – from erotic sculpture to a wonderful mural of Sri Lankan life in the style of Marc Chagall, which were created both by Bevis himself and other artists. The mural was created by Australian artist Donald Friend, who originally came for six days but stayed six years. Other guests Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier stayed here during the filming of Elephant Walk in 1953.
Recommended review time for sightseeing: 1 h