Category: Heritage

Getakulama Ambalama at Rikillagaskada – රිකිල්ලගස්කඩ ගැටකුලම අම්බලම

Rikillagaskada Getakulawa Ambalama

Getakulama Ambalama at Rikillagaskada is a small ambalama made out of brick and mortar. The building is square in its plan and four large pillars hold the roof of the building. The pillars are built using granite blocks held together by cement. ‘ A half hight wall goes around the building.

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Udumahana Ambalama at Mawanella – මාවනැල්ල උඩුමහන අම්බලම

Mawanella Udumahana Ambalama

Mawanella Udumahana Ambalama is a small ambalama made out of brick and mortar. The building is square in its plan and four large pillars hold the roof of the building. The pillars are square at the bottom and changes to a cylindrical shape halfway.

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Rikillagaskada Ambalama – රිකිල්ලගස්කඩ අම්බලම

Rikillagaskada Ambalama

Rikillagaskada Ambalama is an ancient wayside rest built for the use of wary traveler long years ago. But unfortunately being at the center of the town, it has lost its ancient glory and turned in a another building to do a business.

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Yatawara Gal Ambalama – යටවර ගල් අම්බලම

Yatawara Gal Ambalama

Yatawara Gal Ambalama is an ancient wayside shelter hidden and unknown in the Yatawara area in Kandy district. The ambalama is built on 4 granite pillars and during renovations, the roof has been made in concrete.

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Hanguranketha Ambalama – හඟුරන්කෙත අම්බලම

The Pinthaliya at the Hanguranketha Ambalama

Hanguranketha Ambalama is an ancient wayside shelter built for the use of wary traveler over 150 years ago and lies in Hanguranketha between the Pothgul Rajamaha Viharaya and the Hanguranketha Vishnu Devalaya. This building is comparatively large containing 2 rooms in addition to the open area.

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Nepalana Ambalama in Mawanella – මාවනැල්ල නෑපලාන අම්බලම

Nepalana Ambalama

Nepalana Ambalama is a brick and mortar way side rest in the Nepalana area in Kegalle District. The ambalama lies along the Mawanella Thalagolla Road adjoining a picturesque paddy field.

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Apalawatta Ambalama in Urapola, Atthanagalla – අත්තනගල්ල ඇපලවත්ත අම්බලම

Apalawatta Ambalama in Urapola, Atthanagalla

Apalawatta Ambalama is a brick and mortar way side rest in the Urapola area in Gampaha District. The history of this Ambalama is not known. Nine brick pillars hold the roof of the building and a half height wall is built around the building.

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Dolapihilla Ambalama at Pujapitiya – පූජාපිටිය දොලපීල්ල අම්බලම

Pujapitiya Dolapihilla Ambalama

Dolapihilla Ambalama is said to lie close to the Pujapitiya town. The information on the Ambalama and the location is based on the this page.

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Kandewela Ambalama – කන්දේවෙල අම්බලම

Kandewela Ambalama

Four large pillars with carvings carry the main weight of the roof of Kandewela Ambalama supported by 12 wooden pillars on the outer square. The inner pillars carry carved designs. All the pillars rest on wooden beams laid around the structure.

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Marassana Ambalama – මාරස්සන අම්බලම

Marassana Ambalama

The Marassana Ambalama is believed to be built in the 18th or 19th centuries. The complete ambalama is made of wood from the “Mee” tree. The outer square is 6 feet 20 inches in length and the inner square 4 feet 17 inches in length.

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Godamunne Gal Ambalama – ගොඩමුන්න ගල් අම්බලම

Godamumme Gal Ambalama hidden from view seen from the road.

In addition to the well known Godamunna Ambalama which is a wooden structure, it is home to another little known Ambalama called Godamunna Gal Ambalama tucked away about 500 meters away on the Mudunakade-Bowlana road close to the Godamunna Vidyalaya.

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Hewawissa Ambalama – හේවාවිස්ස අම්බලම

Hewawissa Ambalama

Hewawissa Ambalama is one of the many Ambalamas in the (way side rests) in the Pathahewaheta area. The Ambalama lies in a picturesque farming area away from main roads.

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Arambepola Ambalama in Matale – මාතලේ අරඹේපොල අම්බලම

Arambepola Ambalama

Arambepola Ambalama is a small Ambalama lying between Akurana and Alawathugoda on the main road to Matale from Kandy. Made out of clay/cement the the roof is covered with a tin roof today.   Also See Ambalama Heritage of Sri

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Konakalagala Ambalama in Akurana – අකුරණ කොණකලගල අම්බලම

Konakalagala Ambalama in Akurana

A large wooden Ambalama (way side rest) probably built during Kendyan era. The structure is completely made of wood decorated with various carvings.

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Malgamandeniya Ambalama in Akurana – අකුරණ මල්ගමන්දෙණිය අම්බලම

Malgamandeniya Ambalama in Akurana

Malgamandeniya is a small agricultural village in Akurana, Matale District. The wooden Ambalama at Malgamandeniya lies on the edge of a paddy field interior to the main road. The structure stands on 4 huge raised wooden beams. The roof is

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Mangalagama Ambalama – මංගලගම අම්බලම

Mangalagama Ambalama

Mangalagama is known for 2 landmarks, one is the historic Bodhimalakaramaya Temple and and the other is the Mangalagama Ambalama which lies right next to the road.

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Bothale Ambalama in Meepe – බෝතලේ වෙල මැද අම්බලම

Bothale Ambalama

In the middle of lush green paddy fields of Bothale lies an dilapidated Ambalama neglected by the authorities. The history of the Bothale village goes back to times of King Gothabaya (253-266 AD) of Anuradhapura kingdom.

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Veherakele Rajamaha Viharaya – වෙහෙරකැලේ රජමහා විහාරය

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The Ariyagama sacred area located on the banks of the Deduru Oya in Mugunuwatawana in Chilaw is also known as Nariyagama Veherakele. The Ariyagama sacred area located on the banks of the Deduru Oya in Mugunuwatawana in Chilaw is also known as Nariyagama Veherakele. A portion of the Dagoba, which was located near the bank of the river had been submerged.

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Padiwita Ambalama in Matale – පැරණි පඩිවිට අම්බලම

Padiwita Ambalama in Matale

Padiwita Ambalama, and ancient wayside rest lies in middle of a paddy field in the Matale District. History of this Ambalama is not known but it can be presumed that this has been built during the Kandyan kingdom, before the British invasion.

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Sunken Town of Maskeliya – දිය යටින් මතුවන පැරණි මස්කෙලිය නගරය

Sunken Town of Maskeliya

Once in every few years during extreme droughts, the old town of Maskeliya which has been lying under the waters of Moussekelle Reservoir since 1968 reemerge from the bottom of the lake like a ghost town. Temples, kovils, churches and remains of old infrastructure attracts large crowds to this area to witness this strange scene.

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Bambawa Purana Rajamaha Viharaya – ගලේවෙල බම්බාව පුරාණ රජමහා විහාරය

Bambawa Rajamaha Viharaya in Galewela

The legends of the Bambawa Rajamaha Viharaya goes back to to time of King Wattagamini Abhaya better known as king Walagamba. The king came to power in 104 BC but invaders from South India captured the capital within the same year.

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Sri Nilagiri Purana Rajamaha Viharaya – ගලේවෙල ශ්‍රී නිලගිරි පුරාණ රජමහා විහාරය

The main shrine of Sri Nilagiri Purana Rajamaha Viharaya

This temple is believed to be first built by the king Devanampiyatissa (250-210 BC) of Anuradhapura kingdom. The murals we see today at the Sri Nilagiri Rajamaha Viharaya has been of course done by the Sittaras of Nilagama.

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Awariyapathaha Rajamaha Viharaya – ඇවරියපතහ රජමහා විහාරය

Inside the ancient image house at Awariyapathaha Rajamaha Viharaya

According to popular legend, The Awariyapathaha Rajamaha Viharaya was first built by king Vattagamini Abaya better known as king Walagamba (89-77 BC). There has been 2 dilapidated stupa’s on rock in the recent past, one has been totally destroyed by treasure looters along with many other ancient artifacts.

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Silvathgala Rajamaha Viharaya – සිල්වත්ගල රජමහා විහාරය

Entrance to the old image house - Silvatgala Rajamaha Viharaya

Silvathgala Rajamaha Viharaya is an typical village temple in Bambarakatupotha on the Galewela – Kalawewa Road close to the Devahuwa Reservoir. Silvathgala, so named due to being the adobe of a unordained monk in the ancient past is an small rocky outcrop on the edges of Devahuwa Reservoir.

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The Rock of Beds of Gerandigala – දමුණුමුල්ල ගැරඬිගල ගල් ඇඳන්

Ancient Rock Beds with view a to kill at Gerandigala.

The aptly named Gerandigala (the rat snake rock) is a rocky outcrop over 1 km in length running in parallel to the Galewela – Kalawewa Road near the small town called  Damunumulla.  Unlike may other rocky outcrops with flat top

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Yahangala – The Rock of Beds at Nawa Kotte – නව කොට්ටේ යහන්ගල ගල් ඇඳන්

Gerandigala from the top - Yahangala

The Yahangala referred here is a massive rock with number of caves and 12 rock beds in a remote village accessed through the Galewela – Andiyagala road.

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Galkiriyagama Sri Wanasinhe Rajamaha Viharaya – ගලකිරියාගම ශ්‍රි වනසිංහ රජමහා විහාරය

Buddha statues in the len viharaya of Sri Wanasinhe Rajamaha Viharaya

Sri Wanasinhe Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient Buddhist temple in Danigama in Galkiriyagama. The Department of Archaeology had declared the drip-ledged caves, old Stupa and Tampita Vihara (on stone piles) buildings as protected monuments in 2011.

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Kahalla Bubula – The freshwater spring of Kahalla – කහල්ල දිය උල්පත

Kahalla Bubula - the spring feeding the Kahalla Reservoir

“Kahalla Bubula” is a fresh water spring on the upper lake bed of Kahalla Reservoir. Water from this spring is fed in to the reservoir. Little above this spring lies the Kahalla Archaeological site, an ancient Buddhist monastery in ruins.

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Kahalla Archaeological site – කහල්ල පුරාවිද්‍යා ස්ථානය

Ruins of Kahalla Archaeological site

At the foot of the Kahalla Pallekele mountain range in Andiyagala lies the Kahalla Reservoir a small ancient reservoir which feeds the paddy fields in the suroundng area. The upper section of the Kahalla Reservoir is a think jungle on the Kahalla Pallekele mountain range.

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Upulwehera Archaeological Site in Andagala – ආඬියාගල උපුල්වැහැර පුරාවිද්‍යා ස්ථානය

Ruins of Upulwehera Archaeological Site

At the foot of the Kahalla Pallekele mountain range in Andiyagala lies remains of an ancient monastery forgotten with time gulped by nature. Today known as the Upulwehera Rajamaha Viharaya, The site is scattered with remains of ancient artifacts and buildings.

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Ruins by the Andiyagala Reservoir – ආඬියාගල වැව බෞද්ධ නටබුණ්

The dilapidated stupa at the Andiyagala Reservoir

An ancient stupa now totally covered in weed resembling just a mound of earth lying at a rocky plain near the picturesque Andiyagala Reservoir.

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Buddhist Ruins on the Habarana Rock – හබරන ගල මුදුනේ බෞද්ධ නටබුණ්

Dilapidated stupa at the top of the Habarana Rock

At the top of the Habarana Rock is a plain with some natural ponds and a ruins of a fairly large stupa completely delipadated and probably looted. This stupa is still worshiped by the villagers.

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Usgala Swarnabimbarama Rajamaha Viharaya – උස්ගල සවර්ණබිම්බාරාම රජමහා විහාරය

Deteriorated clay lion figures on the second floor of the temple building built during the Kandyan era

Usgala Swarnabimbarama Rajamaha Viharaya is situated in the Kobeigane provincial secretary division in the Kurunegala District. This temple is attributed to the king Kirthi Sri Rajasinhe (1747 – 1781) of the Kandyan Kingdom.

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Uggal Aluthnuwara Kataragama Devalaya – උග්ගල් අලුත්නුවර දේවාලය

Uggal Aluthnuwara Kataragama Devalaya

The history of the Uggal Aluthnuwara Kataragama Devalaya goes back to the time of “Beminitiya Seya”, also known as the Great Famine, during 103-89 BC, during the reign of King Vattagamini Abhaya, known as Valagamba. It is said that human settlements were establish in this area after the devastating “Beminitiya Seya” famine.

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Pallebedda Bambaragala Forest Monastery – පල්ලේබැද්ද බඹරගල ආරන්‍ය සෙනසුන

Ancient ruins of the Pallebedda Bambaragala Forest Monastery

The Pallebedda Bambaragala Forest Monastery is an ancient monastery complex lying close to the remote village of Galpagama north to the Udawalawe National Park. The Bambaragala, translated as the “Wasp Rock” is impressive rocky mountain with a number of natural

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Galpaya Ancient Cave Temple – ගල්පාය පුරාණ ලෙන් විහාරය

The rocky mountain where the Galpaya Ancient Cave Temple is located

Galpaya Ancient Cave Temple lies in a remote village between Andiyagala and Jathika Namal Uyana. Built surrounding a rocky mountain using natural caves, the temple functions a monastery today.

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Thalakiriyawa Tampita Viharaya – තලකිරියාව ටැම්පිට විහාරය

The restored image of Buddha at Thalakiriyawa Tampita Viharaya

The Tampita viharaya at Thalakiriyawa is a small image house neglected with time, one horizontal beam now supported by a stack of clay tiles. The clay Buddha statues of the temple belonging to the Kandyan era were also broken by treasure hunters but these statues has been restored by the Department of Archaeology to its original state.

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Seelawathi Rajamaha Viharaya – සීලවතී රජමහා විහාරය

Stupa at the summit - Seelawathi Rajamaha Viharaya

The ancient Seelawathi Rajamaha Viharaya lies on the Seelawathi about 1 km west of the Mulkirigala summit. This is one of many ancient temples in the area which have still not known by the general pilgrim.

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Kondhagala Rajamaha Viharaya – කොන්ඳගල රජමහා විහාරය

Kondhagala Rajamaha Viharaya

The ancient Kondhagala Rajamaha Viharaya lies on the Kondhagala summit about 3km north east of the Mulkirigala summit. The temple is 1 km away from Weeraketiya junction towards Mulkirigala.

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Kalinga Nuwara Ruins – කාලිංග නුවර නටබුන්

Kalinga Nuwara is an large island in the Mahaweli River south of Polonnaruwa. The River gets divided to seven channels by a cluster of islands at this location. The largest island in this cluster is the Kalinga Nuwara. This island

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Kattankudy Heritage Museum – කාත්තාන්කුඩි උරුම කෞතුකාගාරය

Sri Lanka is the only country in the world which commemorates the Dutch interval in her history (1656-1796) by founding a Dutch Period Museum.

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Ambagasthanne Kurukulttala Ambalama – අඹගස්තැන්න කුරුකුට්ටල අම්බලම

Ambagasthanne Kurukuttala Ambalama

The Ambagasthanne Kurukulttala Ambalama is an ancient wayside rest now lying in surrounded by paddy fields on the road to Ambagasthanne from Illukwatte close to Kadugannawa.

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Wathumulla Ketawala Ambalama – වතුමුල්ල කැටවල අම්බලම

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The Ketawala Ambalama in Wathumulla is an ancient wayside rest now lying in surrounded by paddy fields. The ambalama lies close to the Daraluwa Railway Station.

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Aluthnuwara Giruwa Ambalama – අලුත්නුවර ගිරුවා අම්බලම

Aluthnuwara Giruwa Ambalama

Giruwa Ambalama at Aluthnuwara is a historic wayside rest close to the Aluthnuwara Dedimunda Devalaya in Kegalle District. site built by Queen Sunethradevi chief consort of King Parakramabahu II (A.D 1236-1276) and mother of King Bhuvanekabahu I.

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Embekke Ambalama – ඇම්බැක්කේ අම්බලම

Embekke Ambalama

Embekke Ambalama lies on the popular road to Embekke Devalaya though overlooked by many travelers. Standing on 16 carved granite pillars much of history of this Ambalama is not known.

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Morapaya Ambalama – මොරපාය අම්බලම

Morapaya Ambalama

The Morapaya Ambalama lies about 2 kms on the road to Mandaram Nuwara from Padiyapellela. Even through lying right next to the road, this Ambalama doesn’t seems to have been caught the eye of the authorities.

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Morapaya Rajamaha Viharaya – මොරපාය රජමහා විහාරය

The old image house of Morapaya Rajamaha Viharaya

Morapaya Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient temple which owns a golden statue of Buddha believed to be donated by Maliyadeva Maha Arhath, the last Arhath of Sri Lanka.

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Sri Narendrasinghe Rajamaha Viharaya – කුන්ඩසාලේ ශ්‍රී නරේන්ද්‍රසිංහ රජමහා විහාරය

Entrance to the ancient image house of Sri Narendrasinghe Rajamaha Viharaya

This temple was built by king Kirthi Sri Rajasinhe (1746-1781). A gold plated Buddha statue made of sandalwood donated by the king can be still seen in the ancient image house

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Alawathugoda Sri Sumana Saman Devalaya – අලවතුගොඩ පුරාණ සමන් දේවාලය

Alawathugoda Ancient Sri Sumana Saman Devalaya

The Alawathugoda Sri Sumana Saman Devalaya is said to be built during the period of King Walagamba (89-77 BC) but was burnt down by the invading Portuguese armies. The devalaya was rebuilt again in 1814.

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Thonigala Inscription at Vavuniya – වවුනියාව තෝනිගල සෙල් ලිපිය

The inscription is protected from elephants and nature by a foot high brick wall filled with sand.

The Thonigala inscription had been made during the period of the King Sirimeghavanna (Kithsiri Mevan) (303-311) and considered one of the most important inscriptions found in the country. The inscription read and documented by Mr Paranawithana in 1933 has been first recorded by HCP Bell in 1866.

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