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“A must if interested in Geoffrey Bawa architecture”
Review of Lunuganga

Lunuganga
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US$65.00*
and up
Private Day Trip: Explore Bentota from Colombo
Ranked #3 of 32 things to do in Bentota
Certificate of Excellence
Type: Other
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

This is a property developed by Geoffrey Bawa as his country residence. Large grounds with very interesting buildings. We were with a group on a pre arranged visit, don't just turn up or you may find you are not welcome and without a tour guide I doubt you would find it. It is also has B&B accommodation which would make for an interesting one night stay. Our approximately one hour tour of gardens and building exteriors was not extremely educational but was interesting for getting a small feel for Bawa himself and making sure we covered the property's main highlights. I assume only those staying overnight would be allowed free unguided walks around the property.

1  Thank Emanpee
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

I found the Lunuganga to be breath-taking and experienced a 1 hour tour of the exterior of the property. Highly recommended for those with an interest in architecture and landscape.

5  Thank ebaypoet
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

If you are interested in the impact of the architect Bawa or even if you like beautiful and original gardens then this will keep you interested for half a day. It is about 15 mins in a three wheeler but it is best to book. You get a guide and I would recommend their lunch not just because of the food but it is served in the house under an ancient Frangipani tree with a wonderful view of the gardens. It is a fascinating and peaceful place. It is run by a charitable trust to maintain the history of the estate.

1  Thank DaveStirling
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

It's always an hon our to be allowed into the head & heart of a creative person. You are definitely in their dream and vision here with a real spence of Sri Lanka, the garden is part of the building is part of the landscape, all shared with nature & with nature trying to reclaim it so soon after it's left the page of design!
A must see at any season and a real insight into a colonials view of his environment!
Simply natural, but created !

Thank dsnelson14
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

I feel that this is a place more for people who are into architecture and can appreciate the philosophy behind and thought that went into the construction of this sprawling gardens and the accompanying buildings.

Unfortunately, I do not have a deep interest in architecture. The grounds and gardens looked to me like they have been deliberately allowed to grow wild. In the gardens, seats were encrusted in moss and ponds were clouded up with weeds. Certain buildings on the grounds, such as a pavilion, also looked neglected and close to ruins.

Visitors on the guided tour are not allowed to go into the house and other rooms that now function as guest rooms, but from what I could see from the outside, the interiors looked pretty run down as well.

I suppose this place does carry a certain degree of charm, but you have to be in the know to appreciate it.

There were also plenty of mosquitoes so remember to bring insect repellent or risk being eaten alive. The good news is, our guide assured us that the mosquitoes there are wild jungle mosquitoes that do not carry the dengue virus.

2  Thank KY T
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