Ambalangoda Traditional Mask Museum
Ambalangoda is a coastal town located in Galle District, Southern Province of Sri Lanka. The town is famous for its ancient devil masks and devil dancers. The town is renowned for the manufacture of wooden masks and puppets. The traditional masks are carved from light Balsa like Kaduru wood (Nux vomica). Kaduru trees grow in the marshy lands bordering paddy fields. The wood is smoke dried for a week in preparation. The hand carved and hand painted masks in traditional dance dramas are both vibrant and colorful.