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Ambalangoda Mask Museum
Unmasking Local Legends
Ambalangoda Mask Museum
An Extraordinarily Colourful Craft of Mask-Making
Devil masks are a hallmark of our island’s history. These intricate, colourful, and eerie masks are deeply rooted in Sri Lankan folklore and have been interwoven into our culture over the years, especially on the south coast.

Visit the Ariyapala Mask Museum in Ambalangoda, a cultural centre that exhibits these masks as well as other artisanal handicrafts.
Distance From Hotel (6.7 km) Eleven-minute drive
Where History and Myth Become One
Traditionally worn by ‘devil chasers’ to ward off evil spirits and bad omens, the significance of these masks have evolved with time. Most often used as traditional décor or to ward off evil-eye, you can buy one from the museum shop, along with other various masks and trinkets.

Wander through the museum to admire these colourful masks and find out more about its intriguing history.
Key Highlights
  • The museum is open seven days a week, from 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM. If you’re a history buff we can organise a guided tour just for you.
  • Behind the museum, pop into the workshop. If you’re lucky you can watch a craftsman busy at work.
  • Along with devil masks, the museum displays a variety of handicrafts including jewellery, intricate lacework and ceramics.
  • Head up to the gift shop to get some souvenirs for your loved ones or a special keepsake for yourself.