When it comes to famous Sri Lankans throughout the world, there’s probably one name that truly stands out in an international context and that is the famous architect Geoffrey Bawa.
A Breathtaking Estate
Geoffrey Bawa left his mark all over the island, but the Lunuganga Estate is definitely his most remarkable achievement. It is a country home that is situated in a massive garden estate that was extensively designed to showcase his unique architectural style of ‘tropical modernism’. There’s many a ‘Geoffrey Bawa hotel’, which prominently features this style in design, such as Anantara Kalutara Resort.
History of Lunuganga
Lunuganga started off as a cinnamon estate during the time of Dutch colonisation and was converted into a rubber plantation when the British took over. Eventually, Geoffrey Bawa bought the estate after it was given to the local tax collector.
The Garden’s Design
The garden’s design is very striking and showcases aspects of Italian renaissance as well as Japanese landscaping. The meticulously designed garden has many ornamental features such as statues and sculptures. Its boundless beauty is an essential experience, so be sure to visit if you’re nearby.
The Intriguing Botany
One of the most notable aspects of the garden estate is how the various botanical aspects of the area have been left fairly untouched despite the extensive landscaping. So you will find leviathan trees interspersed with lush vegetation.
Fritzjames Stephen is a travel writer, who writes content based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life. Google+