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“Very nice place!”
Review of Lunuganga

Lunuganga
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US$53.00*
and up
Private Day Trip: Explore Bentota from Colombo
Ranked #3 of 35 things to do in Bentota
Certificate of Excellence
Type: Other
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

It's an incredible place you must visit! Geoffrey Bawa it's an incredible architect, he has so many tinny details.
Went you arrive there just ring the bell and would come someone.
We visit with a Guide that explains us every detail.
Would be much better if we could entrance to the pavilions, but was not possible because it's a Boutique-hotel and the guide has no keys... at least he told us that.
We went there with a Taxi from Bentota (around 10 min)
The entrance was 1250.- SLR
P.S: Bring a mosquito repellent ; )

Thank Marc C
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

Be sure to get a guide, it is worth it so understand how and why the gardens were built. Lovely setting, lovely grounds.

Thank sustravel2012
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Reviewed 19 March 2014

What a great place! It is really worth visiting. The garden is nice with many water features. The tour guide was great and very informative. The Bells seem to be a motif in the garden. Each bell has a different sound... the trees are really lush though Bentota was a bit dry around that time. The garden offers accommodation. But I didn't plan to stay there, and I wish I did... The whole visit was great except for one thing. The driver who took me was asked to stay outside. The drivers take the time to bring tourists, to ask and find the place. They should not be treated like that. They could be let in the property and offered a place to wait for the clients. Maybe the managers of the garden have a reason for this, I just didn't see the reason behind it. In all cases, it was a great tour, and really worth it.

There is a massage place near the garden, Bentota Ayurveda Center. It would nice to plan a whole morning for both.

Thank Rainbow2000
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Reviewed 18 March 2014

A privilege to stay at this georgeous location for 3 nights. Sitting on the terrace at sunset overlooking the view of the lake and listening to bird song and monkey calls was a joy. Stayed in the glass house and everything was like a film set from the book, with all the original furniture. No mod cons, or wifi which added to the experience of total seclusion. Walking around the grounds at dawn was very special. A quiet boat trip on the lake watching birds and fisherman. It's just a tuk tuk ride away to the amazing Brief Garden, started in the late '20s by Geoffrey's brother Bevis, the artist (and bon vivant) full of lush tropical planting.
As very few people stay the food is cooked to order and the Sri Lankan rice and curry dishes were delicious and plentiful!
The Manager is also starting a deer herd from rescued Hog deer, which are just georgeous and being hand reared before being released on to an island in the lake.

Thank Alison F
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Reviewed 13 March 2014

I'd known about this garden for some years and have a book at home in the UK on this and the companion garden at Brief (which we didn't have time to visit). But the reality was even better than expected. The guide was very informative and has a real feel for the garden and its creator, the late great Geoffrey Bawa.

Thank Jerry S
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