Ape Gama
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9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
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9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Sanclub
Colombo, Sri Lanka251 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Friends
It is a very good place for 5th grade school children and for foreigners those who love to see and experience the traditional Sri Lankan lifestyle. The Village Man will explain about the lifestyle and ancient Sinhala vocabulary by giving examples in an interesting manner. Can be experience live clay pot making, wood carving techniques, handmade items along with the traditional new year sweets preparations and presentations. Only downside I saw this place is that inside of the village there was a huge modern type architecture building. Don't know what that for, but it destroy the village atmosphere. Uncovered premises is also a disadvantage as for the inside people can see vehicles passing by outside. Anyway, regardless of these its a good place for a small visit. Note that the foreigners have to pay more than the locals.
Written January 16, 2017
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dr2000kavi
Ankleshwar, India116 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
Displays Sri Lanka in olden times. Where people were self sufficient without the modern amenities of today’s world. Model of the village with mud houses. Village head ‘ Maha Gamaya ‘ was the most important person. ‘Veda Gedara ‘ was the traditional doctor. Village also had farmers , gardeners , artisans. You can spend typically 20-30 min here. Although it’s better to skip.
Written June 30, 2019
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asquill
London, UK285 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Friends
Four of us were most impressed by this 'mock up' village. Helpful and informative guide on historical aspects of this wonderful island. Good gift shop!
Written October 3, 2018
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Ruwanthi Ananda
Colombo, Sri Lanka153 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Family
I'm yet to go in there, cz one day when I visited in 2015 with some friends from abroad it was closed for some weird reason. So we could just take pics outside.
Then went this year with my almost 3 yr old on Saturday n bcz of some function their parking was full.(actually half the park was closed with a line for no good reason n the rest of it was full.There was parking in the back, again a security guy chased us out)
Ticket for local adult is LKR 100, recommend not to go in weekday evenings n weekend when events are held.
Written September 9, 2020
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Anne R
Brisbane, Australia13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
This is a place that steps back to yesteryear - the recreation of a village out of time. Find a guide or just stroll through. Enjoy simple village cooking or an exotic ice-cream - flavoured with local fruits such as Tamarind. Shop for a trinket or souvenir. The people are helpful and friendly.
Written January 7, 2020
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joseph_k_smith
Cork, Ireland54 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
Really I know nothing more about Sri Lankan Village life, having now visited this place. Absolutely zero. On the other hand, this place does a great job of replicating the filth and litter and rip-offs of Colombo, and for this privilege you get to pay an admission fee (with an extra special fee for foreigners!). The place is pathetic, and probably getting worse by the month.
Written July 15, 2018
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RHM63
Oxfordshire, UK472 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Friends
We decided to get a sample view and feel of village life in this model village. While the concept was to be acknowledged, the staff were quite laid back. Being a public holiday many of the areas were closed. (When would you visit such a place unless on a holiday for the nationals?!). Some explanations were being made in the local language and no one seemed interested in explaining what was what to the visitor, thanks to our local friends, who explained somethings. Signage was very poor as well as toilets quite something else. Sad that this was not being better serviced. The food being served too did not seem to be hygienically prepared.
Written March 13, 2017
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hapitravel
Melbourne, Australia29 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
Commercially set up to sell expensive souvenirs this village is a waste of time. Two girls behind a counter take your money and give you a ticket and then you walk about 3 steps and another girl at a turnstile checks you have a ticket!

A small number of buildings are made to look like "ancient" shacks you see people still living in around Sri Lanka. Trouble with these here is that they are actually brick with mud thrown on them - obvious because it places it is falling off!

And the thatched roofs unfortunately don't look so good with plastic sheets to keep the weather out.

Virtually no information anywhere to help identify what you are supposed to be looking at. The buildings are scattered with discarded clothing, present day mops and brooms lie where ever they have been dropped and it appears that staff (or others) actually use the buildings to live in. Hence the scattered junk.

Maximum 10 minutes would see you walk around the "historic" area and the next 30 minutes checking the stalls and souvenir shop. A chart on the wall there showed a 47% sales achievement.
Written February 9, 2018
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Sohani Weerasinghe
London, UK8 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
When it re-opened in 2010 or 11 it used to be a nice morning or afternoon out for the whole family. It was crowded, fun and there were many fun activities for children and adults alike. however, this place is no longer funded or run properly. It's depressingly run down. no staff or actors. sad situation.
Written April 24, 2018
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Dunee's Kitchen
Athurugiriya, Sri Lanka72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
This place gives ideas about the traditional living style of the Sri Lankans. Good for the kids and also adults.
Written October 9, 2019
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