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sri lankan dance and wood carving

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sri lankan dance and wood carving

I am going to Unawatuna in February and would very much like to see Sri Lankan dance can any one suggest where I might go to see this We are there for some time so we can travel if necessary. I also collect wood carvings and want to purchase quality carvings of Hindu Gods .Any ideas please.I could not find any last time I visited.

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Kandy is the best place for both of the things that you mention. That's not to say that you will not find good woodcarvings and not have the chance to see traditional Kandyan dancing in other areas, but if you are planning on doing any touring whilst you are in Sri Lanka, then Kandy is your place. There are some marvellous woodcarving outlets and also cultural dance performances daily.


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Hi there...

As regards the dancing, some hotels have a weekly "Cultural Show", the ones i have seen have in my opinion been better than the touristy one at Kandy, so maybe check any hotels in the area you will be staying at, maybe The Fotress at Koggola for instance ? for an evening out.



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Another suggestion , when you are there, ask around among the hotel staff, tourist bhoard officers, who ever you can, regarding a festival at Ambalangoda.

Thats about 1 hour from Unawatuna.

A few years ago, I stayed for a couple of nights in a small guest house on the beach at Balapitiya and the owner of the guest house asked us if we'd like to see a dance festival , then as we said yes, he supplied free transport into Ambalangoda for a local festival.

Ambalangoda is known as the home of mask carving and you can see many antique masks there as well as genuine, non tourist design modern opnes.

I can't remember exactly when the dance festival was except to say it was sometime during Northern hemisphere summer.

We were the only white faces there , there was no entry fee, all free, the dancing lasted all night and if it happens to be happening while you're there , it would be well worth getting to see it.


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