For the seasoned traveller who has trekked across Europe, ancient castles are a sight to behold. Some of the most famous castles in the world include the truly magnificent Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany which is believed to have inspired Disney who incorporated the castle into their main logo. The Neuschwanstein Castle with its grandiose designs and beautiful interior never fails to disappoint and is one of the most iconic sights in the entire European continent. For the traveller trekking across former colonies such as Sri Lanka, castles are less magnificent in make but have an equally rich and intriguing history. For the tourist residing at The Sands by Aitken Spence Hotels Sri Lanka, one fine specimen, the Richmond Castle, is located close by.
Located in Palathota, a town very close to the city of Kalutara the Richmond Castle is considered a natural treasure. The Castle itself was built by Arthur de Silva in the early twentieth century and its architectural style is considered to be quite telling of its time. Presently utilised as a Children’s Orphanage, it is best to reach the castle by car. This can be conveniently arranged by speaking to your Kalutara hotel concierge who will happily assist you in organising the hire of a vehicle for this purpose.
The Castle itself can be viewed upon purchasing entrance tickets for a nominal fee. It is located approximately five hundred metres from the main entrance gate and as one walks through the main gate and towards the castle, they will pass numerous statues and ponds reminiscent of old British castles in the United Kingdom. However, the architectural style of the castle itself is believed to be a hybrid of both British and Indian styles. The interior of the Castle is as impressive as its exterior and is well worth a visit.
Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+