The iconic Richmond Castle is one of the most beautiful landmarks in the Kalutara District. This majestic Edwardian mansion was built between 1900 and 1910. It used to be the residence of Mudaliyar Don Arthur de Silva Wijesinghe Siriwardena.
The regal building stands tall upon a beautiful hill right next to Kalu Ganga. The total extent of the estate is 42 acres! As the building is managed by the Public Trustee, anyone travelling in the area can visit it and admire its rich grandeur and style.
Mudaliyar Don Arthur de Silva Wijesinghe Siriwardena built this mansion to resemble a castle in India, which belonged to his schoolmate Raja of Ramnand. The building has two storeys, 16 rooms, 34 windows and 99 doors! The floor tiles for the mansion were imported from Italy, the teak for the main staircase was imported from Burma. The window panes were flown to the island all the way from Scotland. And the magnificent bathroom fittings were bought from England. Indeed, this sensational mansion was designed to be a masterpiece of the highest order! To this day the mansion enthrals all those who visit it. There is beauty and class in every corner of this castle which makes it a remarkable attraction to visit in the region.
As Siriwardena and his wife did not have any children, the Richmond Castle was bequeathed to the Public Trustee. It was the will of the famous local philanthropist to convert the majestic mansion to a children’s home.
If you like to visit the grand Richmond Castle during your tour in Sri Lanka, you can get in touch with Green Holiday Centre. Indeed this iconic attraction is one of the most beautiful colonial era buildings that you will see in the southwest coast of Sri Lanka.