The southern coastal town of Ambalangoda is renowned for its veil and manikin making. Read on to find out more about this art form that exists in Ambalangoda.

Ambalangoda Masks | Image Credit: <a href="">Jerzy Strzelecki</a>, <a href="">Ambalangoda-mask1(js)</a>, <a href="" rel="license">CC BY 3.0</a>
Ambalangoda Masks | Image Credit: Jerzy Strzelecki, Ambalangoda-mask1(js), CC BY 3.0

Veil making

Veils are made in Sri Lanka for certain customary move ceremonies that have existed since medieval circumstances. ‘Kolams’ are stories deriding Sri Lankan provincial life, and their covers mirror the curious funniness of these moves. ‘Sannis’ are more antiquated villain moving veils, utilized as a part of a sort of expulsion service, to mend individuals of enduring sicknesses accepted to be caused by devils. ‘Raksha’ covers, which are once more “fallen angels”, are utilized as a part of celebrations and parades.

Lanka Masks

The little showroom, which is enhanced with some lovely covers and manikins, has a considerable lot of the veils joined creatures noticeable in Lankan legends, similar to the cobra or the peacock.

Ariyapala and Sons

Visit the store titled Ariyapala and Sons, where the caretaker of their acclaimed “Veil Museum”, Ms. Kanchanana Wijesooriya, will be glad to tell you her story, which can be both captivating and moving.


Staying at a Sri Lanka boutique hotel the likes of The River House, most of these places are easily gotten to with the help of a car or tuk-tuk.

Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+