Sri Lankan Traditional Masks and Moonstone Mines

Let’s venture behind the scenes of Ambalangoda’s souvenir industry. Ambalangoda is usually overlooked for its more famous, party-hard neighbor Hikkaduwa. However, ‘devil masks’ play a very significant role in Sri Lankan culture, in warding off evil spirits and keeping mischievous charms at bay. Carving and painting these masks are an art in itself, and the intricacies are mastered by only a handful of expert craftsmen, most of whom have acquired these skills from elders in their family.

The village of Meetiyagoda, near Ambalangoda, is where the semi-precious gem “moonstone” is most commonly found, concentrated within an acre of land, and according to folklore this particular area once received the blessings of the moon. The mysterious gem, as captivating as the full moon gleaming in the night sky, is considered sacred and has been used in Sri Lankan jewelry for centuries. The more adventurous may venture down into the deep, narrow shafts from which the stones are mined and grab a glimpse of the mining process.


How much?
  • $70.00 per person for two
  • $40.00 per person for groups of four to six
What you get?
  • Round Trip Transport
  • Morning Round (10:00 am)
  • Duration 5 Hours
  • Refreshments
  • Mask Factory
  • Tsunami Museum
  • Moonstone Mine
Our words of wisdom
  • Good to combine with the Turtle Hatchery or Mangrove excursion after a break for lunch.
distance to hotels
47 KM from Cantaloupe Aqua to Amabalangoda
43 KM from Cantaloupe Levels to Amabalangoda

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