Hold on tight as you are about to witness an explosion of cultural extravagance; take a deep breath and let this spectacular masterpiece take you through the rich history of an Island like no other; where European Colonizers fought to seize; where the kings of yesteryear defended their land. Come take a stride through Richmond Castle and watch the battalions come alive again as you watch in awe. Guaranteeing you of a scintillating experience this monumental building built in 1896 is widely regarded as a unique edifice of its time. The Castle is laced with ambiance reflecting in the window carvings inspired by many other European nations. Located in the heart of the Kalutara city surrounded by land and water Richmond Castle is an undeniable treat to the eyes. Reminding you of sheer Royalty this castle will in fact be the ideal addition to your vacation. However, such places of historical significance must indeed be experienced at the hands of the very best Kalutara Hotels that would spice up your holiday. Find yourself at the hands of The Sands one of the finest by none other than the Island’s leading hospitality provider Aitken Spence. For a glimpse of Sri Lankan taste overflowing in its impeccable architecture you could not find anything better than The Sands where luxury meets convenience.
A perfect fusion of Indian and British architecture brought together by the hands of a British architect this majestic building was the stylish residence of Regional Governor named Wijesinghe Siriwardene. This grand Castle though seemingly wondrous bespeaks the treacherous life story of Young Don Arthur Wijesinghe the son of an accomplished planter a product of British education who returned to Sri Lanka to be named the Mudaliyar of the Kalutara district. Having been bestowed the prestigious title of Mudaliyar this young man inspired to build a Castle so to flaunt his affluence and power. Succeeding in doing so Don Arthur then met his wife to be a lady who he devoted his heart to. The couple were adorned with luxury and comfort but lacked something very much more dear; a child. Like all good things must come to an end so did their marriage but this time not by the inevitable occurrence of death but by their continuous grief eventually tearing them apart. This story much like a fairy tale itself is one which pervades every corner of this gallant building making it a destination of top priority. I will not say anymore for the wonders of this mystical place are but yours and yours only to savour. So don’t wait any longer, make your next vacation apart of this great anecdote.
Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+