A Visit to Richmond Castle – Stepping Back in Time

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Richmond Castle is an Edwardian-style mansion in Sri Lanka that has a fascinating history. Featuring rather unique architectural elements, it is a site worth visiting on your adventures on the island.

Richmond Castle
Richmond Castle | Image Credit : The National Archives UK [No restrictions], via Wikimedia Commons

Planning Your Trip

Richmond Castle can be found in the coastal town of Kalutara, easy to reach from Colombo as well as hotels Wadduwa has to offer. Built beside the Kalu Ganga (river), this site can be found in the Palatota area about 3 km from the town centre.

A Bit of History

Be you planning a visit here from Colombo or from a hotel in the region the likes of The Blue Water Hotel and Spa, it is always best to know something on the site’s history. It was constructed in the early 1900s by Mudaliyar Don Arthur de Silva Wijesinghe Siriwardena who incorporated diverse architectural styles.

Distinct Architecture

Featuring architectural elements similar to an Indian-style Maharajas’ palace, Richmond Castle also has Edwardian-style designs. Amongst the highlights of its construction were the window panes brought down from Scotland and Italy, Burmese teak and tiles and stones from India. Also of note are its 38 windows and staggering 99 doors!

What to Look Forward To

While Richmond Castle is today used as a children’s orphanage, you can still visit it. It has vast garden areas with some fascinating sculptures. The exterior of the building offers great shots for Instagram and those touring inside can enjoy the intricate design elements and perhaps imagine what life was like in its heyday.

Intrigued by history, art and food, Lavinia Woolf is a writer who is passionate about the extraordinary and writes of the exhilarating and enchanting. Google+

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