Near by Lunuganga
Images of Lunuganga
The design in and out of the Lunuganga estate was the brain child of one Sri Lanka's and Asia's most creative and influential architects Geoffrey Bawa. He was also responsible for the creation of Brief Garden. The Lunuganga estate is the home of Geoffrey Bawa and has a garden which was subject to his creativity and brilliance. The garden cushions the estate is open to the public from 9 am to 5 pm for a nominal fee. There are also guided tours available
The area where Lunuganga estate currently rests was initially a Dutch cinnamon garden and then a British rubber estate. The area around Lunuganga is the wettest and most fertile region of the island. To the east of the estate, lies the mysterious Sinharaja Forest, which is the last surviving primeval rain forest in the country. The estate itself sits beside two low hills along the Dedduwa Lake, and as you look further down you can see the Indian Ocean splash over coral reefs. As you breathe in the fresh air, you get a feeling of complete peace.
It's said that its within the confines of Lunuganga Estate that Geoffrey Bawa realised and decided to become an architect. It's said that the garden at the Lunuganga estate remained his first muse and experimental laboratory for new ideas. He continued to change and experiment with its spaces and structures throughout his life until his final illness in 1998.
Currently the garden is open to the public and the estate is run as a country house hotel. The Lunuganga Residency was established to continue the use of Lunuganga as a space for encouraging creative arts. So take a peek and delve in the wonders of nature placed in such a way that it calms your soul.