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Ariyapala Mask Museum

426 Main Street, Ambalangoda 80300, Sri Lanka
+94 91 2 258373
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2-Day Galle Tour from Colombo by Train
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  • Excellent31%
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  • Average28%
  • Poor1%
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“worth a visit” (10 reviews)
“balsa wood” (5 reviews)
LOCATION
426 Main Street, Ambalangoda 80300, Sri Lanka
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+94 91 2 258373
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The museum could be interesting, if the guide was not so tired I ;) and the prices were more expensive than the sovonier shop in the hotel !!!!!

Thank ali h
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Altbough the tour of the mask museum could have been interesting it was spoiled by the attitude of the female guide. Her explanations were delivered with such a bored and monitone voice tbat it was almost comical. No smile. No entnusiasm. Information on the walls...More

1  Thank YFJohn
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Reviewed March 5, 2018

The Ariyapala Mask Museum is a short Tuk Tuk journey south from Balapitya in Ahungala. The tour itself in the museum on the ground floor takes about 30 minutes and is very interesting. You can actually see the masks being made to the side of...More

Thank Francis D
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Reviewed February 20, 2018 via mobile

The mask museum does not have an entry fee, however you can give donation as per your wish. Sri Lanka has lots of fables which are performed using these masks and you will learn some stories behind several different masks which are made of wood....More

Thank Sunil N
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Reviewed January 16, 2018

Excellent to see the vast array of masks ,colours and sizes to suite everyones budget.Also plenty of gift ideas well worth a visit.

Thank Trevor S
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Reviewed November 29, 2017

a small museum, shop and workshop. free to enter, although donations are happily accepted. A lovely little tour by a young lady with good english..

Thank Stuart r
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Reviewed September 13, 2017 via mobile

They have a good selection but expensive if you go with a guide be careful without guide they offer better discount up to 20%

Thank masako o
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Reviewed August 14, 2017 via mobile

The shop is lovely and the staff friendly, the prices are alot higher like everyone says , however you can see a lot of work and time goes into their products . I have left with 3 masks that look will super in my home...More

Thank Foresthillphil
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Reviewed April 5, 2017 via mobile

Demonstration of carving balsa wood. Painting of masks. Then museum shows a wide range of masks with explanation.

Thank Col A
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Reviewed March 25, 2017 via mobile

I thought it's a good idea to stop on the way from Hikkaduwa to the airport at this mask museum to understand the story behind the masks, see how are they produced and buy them directly at the factory. Don't expect something big and I...More

5  Thank Hannes182
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mathurmeenu
February 28, 2017|
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Response from Lynxseyes | Reviewed this property |
there is no entrance fee but you can make a donation both in the museum and in the laboratory
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