A Blast from the Past

Thalpe Walawwa has been home to a family of southern aristocracy which took up to business with the turn of the 20th Century and has been the childhood residence of a socialist leader who went on to become a member of the cabinet and the present Governor of Southern Province who was also a former Minister.
It has been visited by several Prime Ministers including Rt.Hon. Dudley Senanayake, Prime Minister four times from 1950 to 1969 and the first woman Prime Minister of the world Madam Sirimavo R.D. Bandaranaike and has been the venue for many a political discussion which considerably altered the direction of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) from time to time. Constructed before the 2nd World War, it has weathered the tests of time and stands beautifully restored and refurbished whilst protecting its traditional architecture of English influence.