A country home for Sri Lanka’s most renowned and beloved architect Geoffrey Bawa; the Lunuganga Estate covers an area of 15 acres. Bawa developed and maintained the house and gardens for 40 years.
A reluctant lawyer born in 1919, Geoffrey Bawa discovered his love for local architecture in the late 1940s, when he bought over the Lunuganga Estate. Following which, he went on to become the island’s most recognised and prolific architect. His ashes were buried at Cinnamon Hill in 2003.
The Lunuganga Estate was known to be the muse in Bawa’s architectural work and masterpieces. It was here where he experimented with ideas and structural designs. His house is a museum of ancient paintings and photographs – well preserved in time.
The gardens are sprawling with exotic plants and trees. It has been said that Bawa tied weights on branches so they would spread out like an eagle and then trained peacocks to perch themselves on these branches.
Lunuganga translates to ‘Salt River’ and is located in the coastal town of Bentota, approximately 22 km from Kalutara. The estate offers breathtaking views of the Bentota Lake, while also providing boat tours.