Sri Lanka is to open the first ever museum to showcase the richness, the variety and the evolution of the Ayurveda traditional medicine heritage of Sri Lanka this May. “Withas Mahal”, a three storied Ayurvedic Medicine Museum will be the second in the world. The project would cost Rs. 60 million and would be located in Molligoda, Wadduwa in the Kalutara area. The exhibits have been divided into various sections, which include display of specimens of over 500 local medicinal plants and all local medicine-related literature and information useful for Ayurvedic medicinal students following courses at universities and other institutes.
The specially designed museum will also have lodging facilities for foreign students studying Ayurvedic Medicine to facilitate them to conduct research on local medicines while being lodged at the museum itself and facilitate foreigners in obtaining “Panchakarma” (five actions) medical treatments, which is a cleansing and rejuvenating program for the body, mind and consciousness. It is known for its beneficial effects on overall health, wellness and self-healing.