Spread over 42 acres and nestled at the highest point in Kalutara, the sublime setting of Richmond Castle is where nobles once paraded through its mesmeric halls and gardens.
Upon completing his education in the United Kingdom and meeting with the Maharaja of Raman whose own mansion had caught his eye, Don Arthur De Silva Wijesinghe Siriwardena undertook to replicate such an edifice in Sri Lanka. After arriving in the country and being conferred the title of Mahamudali of Kalutara (Head of the Mudaliyars), he met with a skilled architect and sought to construct what would eventually be one of the most cherished landmarks in Kalutara.
Arthur himself was born into nobility which meant that he was the beneficiary of a large inheritance. Added to this, the great man was a successful businessman with vested interests in agriculture, graphite, gems and lace.