The southern coast of Sri Lanka has a smorgasbord of sights and activities to delight the most discerning of travellers. One of these is the Martin Wickramasingha Folk Art Musuem.
Who is Martin Wickramasingha?
Only one of the greatest literary geniuses of Sri Lanka’s history. One of the reasons that he was thus acclaimed was because he went back his roots and centred his work on the life and culture Sri Lankan people. Not only has he been awarded the Receives the first Presidential Award for Literature but a UNESCO Award for his book, “The Rise of the Soviet Land”, as well.
Why Visit the Museum?
It’s a treasure trove of a museum, and not only will you be able to get a glimpse of the great writer but you’ll also get to experience Sri Lanka’s culture as there are many traditional arts and crafts here. Some of these include masks, dance costumes and Buddhist artefacts to name just a few. Some resorts and boutique hotels in Galle the likes of Mosvold Villa, organize tours that not only include a visit to the museum but also to the nearby Koggala Lake as well.
Just a hop, step and jump away from the museum flows the serene Koggala Lake which is said to be one of Martin Wickramasingha’s favourite haunts, especially during his childhood when he would come and have a smashing time with his schoolmates. You can also have a great time here as there are boat safaris organized for tourists featuring island hopping adventures and bird watching opportunities.
Located within the Koggala Lake, the Madol Doowa Island is quite famous despite its tiny size for it was the centre of one of Martin Wickramasingha’s most celebrated novels. Named after the island, the story of Madol Doowa is based on the lives of two naughty schoolboys, who tired of all the rules run away and live on the island.
Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+