Lunuganga, Bentota

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Admire the engineering work of art by renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa, who converted the abandoned cinnamon plantation at Lunuganga into a luxury compound. The estate lies secluded in the Sri Lankan wilderness, where gardens decorate the Deduwa lakeside and outdoor rooms offer peace and quiet. Explore the remarkable courtyards, walkways, lily ponds, and pavilions, all set within an exotic jungle. Spend some time at the gallery room to inspect a lovely collection of art and antiques. You can also go on boat trips or sign up for a bird-watching tour amid palms and banyans. For Lunuganga and beyond, use our Bentota vacation generator to get the most from your Bentota vacation.
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  • We missed Lunuganga the last time we visited Bentota - the administration can be fussy. We arrived at the appointed time and were sullenly taken to the point where the garden tour begins. Once he chan...  more »
  • It certainly is something which should be in the bucket list of places for those who have a passion and interest for architecture and landscaping. "Lunuganga" was really Geoffrey Bawa's retreat where ...  more »
  • this place is great and been gifted with everything we can expect of nature especially when you want it to be quite and relaxing, great for book reading and your strategy planning  more »
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  • The garden that was made by one of the renowned architect of the world, Geoffrey Bawa. More than architecture of buildings surround there we can see many landscape architecture things in there. If you are a nature lover, I think you must need to visit this place.
  • As far as I could tell from online research, the only way to see this place is to stay there. So I booked a room for the weekend (I was in Sri Lanka for work). I hired a car in Colombo, headed down the very nice expressway, and about 2 hours later we arrived. True, there are no signs. It's deliberate. You've got to ask left and right to get the right road. BUT IT'S ALL WORTH IT. The place is beautiful. If you need wifi, this isn't the spot for you. If you like Tropical Modernism (design/architecture) you'll like it. It's also the place for you if you like being one of only 6-10 guests on the property (quiet, secluded). I stayed in the gatehouse and had dinner on site (very nice dinner). I wish I could have stayed longer... Just go - it's like getting to spend the night at the house of a famous creative person. I mean it IS exactly that - not "like" that.
  • What a wonderfully designed space with so much attention to detail right down to the strategically placed bells. The staff are very well trained and will take you around the space, entertaining you with interesting anecdotes and little bits of history. If you need food, you will have to order much in advance.
  • We were on our way to Galle and decided to take a diversion to see this p,ace. I am so glad we did. This is a hidden gem and well worth the visit. Architecture fans and people that like historical homes will enjoy this. The estate belonged to Geoffrey Bawa (Sri Lanka's most renowned architect) and is a collection of buildings he put up on this piece of land that borders the lake and a river. They do a great walking tour of the building go and gardens, explain his vision for the property and how it has evolved since he bought it. If you have time include the lunch in your visit so you can take your time and enjoy the place. Lunch is served on a terrace overlooking the lake and is made by locals.
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Most of the accommodations in Bentota lie close to the beach and the railroad track running parallel to the seashore. Luxury resorts spill out onto the beaches of the coast, while a few simpler, squat hotels sit alongside them, providing fewer facilities, but still right on the beach, and close to the main restaurants and bars of the town. Look inland for a few quieter options, including rental villas, eco-lodges, and guesthouses, hidden along the streets that wind through the rural areas.
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