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.
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
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
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
Rural Bike Rides
Cycle through lush paddy fields and dirt roads as you explore quaint rural life
in southern Sri Lanka.