Lunuganga – A beautiful masterpiece

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The coastal belt of the southern part of Sri Lanka is loved by both locals and foreigners alike as one of the best travel destinations. Apart from the beautiful beaches in the area, many people visit here for the wildlife parks, the colonial townscapes, the fascinating stilt fishermen and much more. Accommodation in the area is never an issue because of the range of hotels available with different price ranges. Heritance Ahungalla is one of the many Sri Lanka Down South hotels that are located within close proximity to most of the attractions.

Lunuganga | Image Credit - Lip Kee Yap from Flickr, CC By SA 2.0 via Wikipedia Commons
Lunuganga | Image Credit – Lip Kee Yap from Flickr, CC By SA 2.0 via Wikipedia Commons

Lunuganga is another hidden gem hidden amidst these luxurious sites that you should definitely visit while in the southern coastal belt. This was once home to the late Geoffery Bawa, the Sri Lankan designer of many buildings ranging from hotels to universities to the parliament of Sri Lanka.

Acres and acres of land have been converted of the once abandoned rubber estate to a breathtakingly beautiful magical garden; as a result of the efforts put by Bawa for forty years. The bordering lake compliments the beautiful designs of the garden. Tours can be planned for the garden where the entrance fee would be 1500 Sri Lankan Rupees and the gardens will be open for visitors from 9.30 in the morning to 3.30 in the evening. Lunch will be from 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm at the premises. The water garden, red terrace, yellow courtyard and black pavilion are some of the sections of the garden that you could explore. This is ideal for hours of leisure walking while enjoying every tiny bit of detail in the landscaping. Boat rides can be organised for those who would like to explore the lake. Take a stroll down the gardens or sit and enjoy the beautiful scenery and take in every ounce of the beautiful garden created by one of the most influential Asian architects of the twentieth century.

Fritzjames Stephen is a travel writer, who writes content based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life.

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