I always do my research before visiting a new country and came across Gamage Stores on the facebook web address www.facebook.com/lankasouvenirs. During my stay in kandy I checked out Laksala which claim to offer well priced souvenirs and I found them to be almost 30-40% more expensive for the same items Roshan sells at Gamage Stores. Personally I would rather not line pockets of government.
Roshan told me he is the wholesale distributer for areas in kandy, sigiriya, dambulla and further afield he sources the best craftmanship direct from the maker and the masks he had in his stock room were far higher quality then I had seen in any souvenir shop.
He has a market shop close to the station and it is best to meet him there and from there if you want to see more variety of stock he will take you to his stock room opposite kandy general hospital or phone for directions to 0773738880. The best thing is Roshan sells at the same price to everyone there is no difference in colour or nationality. The price he gives is the best price and he does not negotiate on price but you will see there is no need to in fact this man keeps only small profits for himself I am sure. He does not pay comissions so the customer gets the whole reward.
I bought a strip of masks I use for christmas decorations, a buddha mahogany statue which was 40% cheaper then laksala, a couple of handpainted masks with natural paints as well as a few wood carved elephants which my family loved! Some small friedge magnets, keyrings, pencils, notepads, puzzles and so much more are on display.
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