The garden at Lunuganga sits astride two low hills on a promontory which juts out into a
brackish lagoon lying off the estuary of the Bentota River. In 1948, when Bawa first bought
it, there was nothing here but an undistinguished bungalow surrounded by ten hectares of rubber
plantation. Since then hills have been moved, terraces have been cut, woods have been replanted
and new vistas have been opened up, but the original bungalow still survives within its cocoon
of added verandas, courtyards, and loggias.
Lunuganga was conceived as a scenographic sequence of spaces. A narrow country leads from
Bentota to a narrow causeway over a neck in the Dedduwa Lake from where a first, distant
view of Lunuganga’s northern terraces can be glimpsed. The road then performs an almost
full circle before connecting with a narrow track which crosses a paddy field and climbs
up a steep wooded hill to arrive at the southern entrance court.