The ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’, Sri Lanka is a country that lays claim to a rich history of over 2,500 years during which industries of agriculture, irrigation and art flourished under the reign of mighty kings. The ancient, intricate art of masks, which is still practiced today, is a prime example of Sri Lanka’s magnificent past glory. With a premier tour operator like Aitken Spence Travels, you can visit the Ambalangoda Mask Factory & Museum where you can not only gain an insight into the wondrous world of Sri Lankan masks but also get an ultimate travel Sri Lanka experience.
In Sri Lanka, traditional masks are used for dancing in Peraheras (parades) and exorcisms. The coastal town of Ambalangoda has been renowned for traditional Sri Lankan masks carvings and masks dancing since the days of yonder. The Ambalangoda Mask Factory & Museum, located by the Colombo – Galle main road, in sea side, is maintained by the well established mask craft center of Ariyapala & Sons and hence is also known as the Ariyapala Mask Museum.
All traditional Sri Lankan masks are created based on ancient myths, legends and folklore and at the Ambalangoda Mask Factory & Museum you will be able to see a selection of 120 hand carved masks that range from the classifications of Gods, Yakksha (Demons), Raksha (Monsters), Human beings, animals and composite masks. Be prepared to feel your hair rising as you see the monstrous bulging eyes and bloodthirsty, carnivorous fans of the colorful yet horrendous mask of Naaga Raksha or Cobra Demon. Be mesmerized by the intricate and finely-carved mask of Nari Latha and be amused at the whimsical Sanni Mask ….there are plethora of vibrant, beautifully carved masks of many expressions and forms for you to feast your eyes on. These masks are also great for adorning your walls, and you can buy them from the sales outlet of the museum.
Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.