On a visit to Kalutara, an idyllic seaside destination in Sri Lanka? Then take some time out of your schedule to pay a call to the Richmond Castle, an iconic landmark in the area.
Once a grand mansion belonging to a regional governor of the province by the name of Padikara Muhandiram, Richmond Castle was built during the turn of the century in 1890.
The sprawling manor sits upon a 42-acre land lush with fruit and spice groves and showcases a seamless blend of British and Indian architecture. The interior contains up to 15 rooms, a massive audience hall, an intricately carved staircase and more. Exquisite glass windows, teak floors, and mouldings are a constant feature throughout the property. The plumbing and bath ware have been imported from Britain while the carved pillars from Italy.
How to Get There
Entrance tickets can be purchased by the gate for LKR.500, the proceeds go towards the welfare of orphaned children. The site is open to the public from 08.00 a.m. to 04.00 p.m. Do consider paying a visit during the weekends as its less crowded!
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