Richmond Castle is one of the historical building located in Palathota, close Kaluthara town,
Western province of Sri Lanka. This mansion is famous for its remarkable architectural features and
one of the few remaining buildings belonging to that era.
Richmond castle was built by ?Athur de Silva Wijeyasinghe Padikara Mudali? (1889-1947), but didn?t stay in this place in last days of his life. Currently is placing used as a Children Orphanage and also used for community activities of the area.
Directions for Richmond Castle:
Richmond castle is located just 10 minutes drive from the Kaluthra town. If you are coming from Colombo,
turn left from the Clock Tower junction and take Palathota road, which goes parallel to the Kalu Gaga.
You need to travel 5-6 km and Richmond castle will be in your left hand side.
The place is easily can be identify by the long parapet wall and the name "Richmond Castle" was caved on it with small colorful porcelain tiles.
The main entrance to estate is in half circular shape and build with many pillars, which reminds us ancient
Rome buildings. We bought tickets from the ticketing counter at the main gate and it cost just Rs. 20/= per
adult and Rs. 10/= per child.
The castle building is located approximately 500m away from the main gate and in the middle of the way you will find the car park. Another small car park also located by the castle also. If you like walking and enjoy the surrounding green landscape, you can park the vehicle in the main car park and walk to the castle via the gravel road.
The Richmond castle estate extends towards many acres of land and currently maintain by the public trusty of Sri Lanka. The garden at the entrance is nicely decorated with statues, ponds and flower pots. Even though it?s not properly maintained, one can imagine how magnificent it was around 100 years ago.
The main building consists of two floors. The veranda at the entrance was constructed with 10 pillars Which gives a majestic look for the building.