Another attraction that surprised us. Folk museums aren’t usually our thing, but as this was just over the road from our hotel it seemed rude not to pay it a visit. We were pleased we did.
The museum is set in beautiful gardens and houses a number of building showcasing items, including traditional crafts, modes of transport, cooking and even some amusing puppets. Some of the items will be familiar (bellows are bellows, right?) others less so.
All items are clearly labeled and if you want any more information there’s generally a friendly and knowledgeable guide available to answer your questions.
The folk museum includes the former home of Sri Lankan writer, Martin Wickramasinghe. The house is tiny by Western standards, but very quaint and well worth a look. It’s filled with memorabilia from the academics colourful life. Apparently when the area was purchased by the Air Force (the folk museum is next to the Koggala air strip) all of the other houses were demolished, but a female officer fell in love with this home and so it was preserved and became her home before becoming a tourist attraction.
Cost: 200 Sri Lankan Rupees
Top tip: If you want to go inside Martin Wickramasinghe’s former home you’ll need to be prepared to remove your shoes!
Take a look at part one here