The Sri Lanka Travel Specialists
The Ariyapala Mask Museum in Ambalangoda is a characterful spot which brings alive the skill of Sri Lanka mask making.
Traditional masks have played an important role in Sri Lankan culture and folklore for centuries. Used for both theatrical performances and rituals, these masks are carefully handcrafted by skilled craftsmen who have learnt the art from their forefathers.
The Ariyapala Mask Museum in Ambalangoda is a simple spot, unchanged over many decades which is all part of its charm. In the tiny museum you can learn about the traditional ceremonies and understand something about the masks’ meaning and cultural significance.
Next to the tiny museum is a workshop where skilled craftsmen will happily show you the intricacy of the mask tradition of Ambalangoda. Each mask is made with an incredible attention to detail, with hand-carved details and natural colours.
On the first floor is a souvenir shop which offers high-quality masks that are individually hand painted rather than mass-produced.
Many clients regard this quirky spot as a favourite element in their holiday as an ancient tradition comes alive before their eyes.
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