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“One Mans dream” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Lunuganga

Lunuganga
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$27.50*
and up
Private Day Trip: Explore Bentota from Colombo
Ranked #3 of 30 things to do in Bentota
Certificate of Excellence
Type: Other
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Batumi, Georgia
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“One Mans dream”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

It's always an hon our to be allowed into the head & heart of a creative person. You are definitely in their dream and vision here with a real spence of Sri Lanka, the garden is part of the building is part of the landscape, all shared with nature & with nature trying to reclaim it so soon after it's left the page of design!
A must see at any season and a real insight into a colonials view of his environment!
Simply natural, but created !

Visited July 2014
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Architectural buffs will appreciate this more”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2014

I feel that this is a place more for people who are into architecture and can appreciate the philosophy behind and thought that went into the construction of this sprawling gardens and the accompanying buildings.

Unfortunately, I do not have a deep interest in architecture. The grounds and gardens looked to me like they have been deliberately allowed to grow wild. In the gardens, seats were encrusted in moss and ponds were clouded up with weeds. Certain buildings on the grounds, such as a pavilion, also looked neglected and close to ruins.

Visitors on the guided tour are not allowed to go into the house and other rooms that now function as guest rooms, but from what I could see from the outside, the interiors looked pretty run down as well.

I suppose this place does carry a certain degree of charm, but you have to be in the know to appreciate it.

There were also plenty of mosquitoes so remember to bring insect repellent or risk being eaten alive. The good news is, our guide assured us that the mosquitoes there are wild jungle mosquitoes that do not carry the dengue virus.

Visited May 2014
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Toowoomba, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Do a little research before you go.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2014

Lunaganga was closed over the New Year but it wasn't possible to find this out by either the website or by phone. Therefore I made a special trip a few weeks later to see it and rang the day before to make sure that it would be open and that I could see inside the houses as well as the garden. So you can imagine my disappointment when I arrived the next morning as was told that the houses were for guests to see only. This was unlike both the Bevis Bawa garden and No 11 in Colombo where it was possible to see inside the buildings - after all, the man is an architect so you go to see the buildings!
That said the garden and the outside areas are worth seeing but my guide was a disappointment as he really didn't have an in depth knowledge of the houses and their original purposes. It's expensive and unless you are interested in the buildings i would recommend the Bevis Bawa Brief Garden as slightly better value.

Visited June 2014
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Markinch, United Kingdom
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“Bawa's weekend retreat.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2014

We visited last week 28th May.

Excellent gardens and buildings.

guide was very helpful and informative.

Unfortunately we had very heavy rain as we arrived via the 'tank testing' lane and had to sit in the tuk-tuk for 20 mins.

We were bitten alive by the mosquitos !

But all in all a great place to visit.

John & Thea Ballantyne

Visited May 2014
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Hyderabad, India
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“Beautiful property”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2014

This is the property of Mr Geoffrey Bawa, an Architect well known for his vernacular style of Architecture. The Lunuganga is an estate of his father, where he has experimented with styles and was his muse. It was very sad to see the property not maintained properly. a huge sum is charged for the tour of the property along with a guide. takes about 1 - 1hr 30 mins to complete the tour. It is not a very tourist friendly place, as there is no facility even to get a glass of water. no brochures of any books available about the place.
There are 6 rooms available for overnight stay. the views from every corner are superb. The approach road is really bad, hardly exists, so a small car is the best bet, otherwise you will need to take a tuk-tuk ( auto in India) who fleeces the visitors . the per night rent too is exorbitant.
but all said & done is a must visit destination for the architects. it does not have a barrier free design as the whole 15 acres are in a terrace formation & any person with physical problem shall not be in a position to negotiate the "n" number of steps.

Visited May 2014
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