Mask carving is a traditional art practiced in the southern coastal areas. Mostly available in Ambalangoda. Masks are carved out of soft wood and painted in attractive colours. These are worn during the performance of Kolam and Sanni dances and depict various forms of demons and characters in the contemporary society.
Ambalangoda is famous for the traditional mask carvers who are still at large up to date. Two mask museums can be found with traditional carving done by families and also allow the visitors to see carvers at work. Varieties of masks are on display and even custom made carves are available for sale. Create puppets is main traditional art in Ambalangoda.
(Distance from Colombo – 85km)

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