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Pannathgoda Rajamaha Viharaya in Pallanoya – පල්ලන්ඔය පන්නත්ගොඩ රජමහා විහාරය

Another pond on the rock — Pannathgoda Rajamaha Viharaya

Once you turn to the Pallanoya from the Wadinagala Junction on the Siyambalanduwa – Ampara road, you will pass the Pallanoya bridge ater about 2km. Another 1.5 km on this road will being you to the ancient Pannathgoda Rajamaha Viharaya.

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Kethsirigama Mihindu Aranya Senasanaya in Damana – දමන කෙත්සිරිගම මිහිඳු ආරණ්‍ය සේනාසනය

Steps and guard stones to an forgotten ancient building - Kethsirigama Mihindu Aranya Senasanaya

Kethsirigama Mihindu Aranya Senasanaya in Uhana, Ampara is built on an ancient aramic complex which is believed to be going as far as 1st century BC. The temple lies on rocky plateau close to a small reservoir on the Koknahara Road few kilometers away from Wadinagala.

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Diviyagala Rajamaha Viharaya (Aranya Senasanaya) – දිවියාගල ආරණ්‍ය සේනාසනය

The Diviyagala Rajamaha Viharaya (also referred to as Diviyagala Hermitage, Diviyagala Aranya) lies in Damana, a monastery belonging to the first century BC is a vanishing monument of East despite its archeological importance.

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Nella Archaeological Ruins at Namaloya – නෑල්ල පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Steps towards the caves of Nella Archaeological Ruins at Namaloya

This archaeological site lies off the jungles of remote village of Nella in the Ampara District. This area seems to be have been a massive monastic complex in the pre christian times

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Kandurugoda Archaeological Ruins at Namaloya – නාමල්ඔය කදුරුගොඩ පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Kandurugoda Archaeological Ruins surrounded by paddyfields — in Namal Oya, Sri Lanka.

Kandurugoda (Kadurugoda) is remote village off Namal Oya in Ampara District. The Archaological Site of Kandurugoda is an ancient monastic complex similar to the close by Ovagiriya Archaeological Site which is under the protection of the Archaeology Department.

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Ganeuda Purana Rajamaha Viharaya in Warakagoda – කළුතර වරකාගොඩ පුරාණ ගණේඋඩ රජමහා විහාරය

Ruins of Warakagoda Kingdom at Ganeuda Purana Viharaya in Kalutara

Ruins discovered at the Ganeuda Purana Rajamaha Viharaya is believed to be the ruins of a palace and a Dalada house of the sub kingdom of Warakagoda which can be traced to the Polonnaruwa kingdom.

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Halaba Steel Bridge : The Bridge that Never Was – අතරමං වූ හාලිඇල හලාබ යකඩ පාලම

The Mysterious Halaba Steel Bridge in Hali-Ela

Halaba is a small village in the Badulla Uva Paranagama area close to the Uma Oya. A spectacular 372 feet long steel bridge lies across Uma Oya at Halaba where no roads exists or ever existed

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Badulla Pillar Inscription (Sorabora Wewa Pillar Inscription) – බදුලු ටැම් ලිපිය

Badulla Pillar Inscription

The pillar inscription belongs to the reign of King Udaya IV (946-954) . It has been recorded that the trade had been practiced in a town of Hopitigama. According to the inscription, the traders and the householders of the market town of Hopitigama had submitted a petition on corruptions and bribes done by in charger of village, to the king Udaya, when he visited the Mahiyangana pagoda.

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Putuhapuwa Ambalama in Teldeniya – තෙල්දෙනිය පුටුහපුව අම්බලම

Putuhapuwa Ambalama in Medadumbara

Putuhapuwa is a small town in the Teldeniya area with a junction which connects five roads. The Ambalama at Putuhapuwa lies on this junction on a platform which is over 4 feet high.

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Mahawaththa Ambalama in Algama – අල්ගම මහවත්ත අම්බලම

Mahawaththa Ambalama in Algama - අල්ගම මහවත්ත අම්බලම

Mahawaththa Ambalama (Mahawatta Ambalama) is an ancient wayside rest in Algama lying Medawaththta (Medawatta) area on the Algama – Horagasmankada road. Made of brick and mortar, the ambalama is rectangular in shape and built on seven square pillars and 2 cylindrical pillars which acts at the entrance pillars.

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Bogahawaththa Ambalama in Kirindiwela – කිරිඳිවෙල බෝගහවත්ත අම්බලම

Kirindiwela Bogahawaththa Ambalama

Bogahawaththa Ambalama (Bogahawatta Ambalama) is a ancient wayside in Kirindiwela close the the current police station. The ambalama is rectangular in shape and built on 10 granite pillars. The roof is tiled with clay calicut tiles (rata ulu) which is probably a new addition during a recent renovations.

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Bollana Ambalama in Gampaha – ගම්පහ බොල්ලන අම්බලම

Ambalama

Bollana Ambalama lies at the 5th mile post on Kandana – Ganemulla Road. This ambalama was declared as a protected monument in 2002 under the antiquities act.

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Uduwawala Ambalama in Katugastota – කටුගස්තොට උඩුවාවල අම්බලම

Uduwawala Ambalama in Katugastota

Uduwawala is small town between Katuagastota and Medawala in the Kandy Distinct. A small ancient Ambalama (wayside rest)  lies on the Uduwawala Junction on the Katuagastota – Medawala road partly functioning as a Bus Stop. The Uduwawala Ambalama is a

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Kolongahamaditta Ambalama at Soranathota – සොරණාතොට කොළොන්ගහමඩිත්ත අම්බලම

Kolongahamaditta Ambalama at Soranatota

The ancient Kolongahamaditta Ambalama is a wayside rest found on the Soranathota road on the route to Soranathota Buduge Kanda Rajamaha Viharaya.

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Badulla Ambalama – බදුල්ල කච්චේරි භූමියේ පැරණි අම්බලම

Badulla ambalama in the Kachcheri Ground

The ancient Ambalama at Badulla lies inside the Kachcheri land in the middle of the Badulla town. The ambalama is believed to be built in early 19th century with finely carved wooden pillars, arches and pillar tops.

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Lenabatuwa Ambalama – ලේනබටුව අම්බලම

Lenabatuwa Ambalama

Lenabatuwa Ambalama is a brick and mortar wayside rest in front of the Lenabatuwa Wewa also known as Wilpita Wewa. The Ambalama is rectangular in shape and three sides other than the front is fully covered.

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Kirigala Ambalama in Ingiriya – ඉංගිරිය සාගර පලන්සූරිය විදුහල තුල කිරිගල අම්බලම

Kiragala Ambalama

Kirigala Ambalama is a brick and mortar wayside rest but built similar to a small house lying on the Meepe – Ingiriya Road inside the Sagara Palansuriya Maha Vidyalaya premises.

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Wakirigala Ambalama and the ancient Gal Palama – පැරණි වාකිරිගල අම්බලම සහ ගල් පාලම

Wakirigala Ambalama

It is believed that the Wakirigala Ambalama has been built using remnants from other ancient buildings, specially the ruins of ancient Wakirigala Rajamaha Viharaya. The ambalama has 2 entrances, one on the North and one on the east.

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Narampanawa Ambalama – පැරණි නාරම්පනාව අම්බලම

Narampanawa Ambalama

Narampanawa is a small town in Kandy just above Theldeniya on the banks of Hulu Ganga. The Narampanawa Ambalama lies underneath a temple tree on the edge of a picturesque paddy field along the road from Oruthota.

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Ranamune Ambalama and Granite Water Spout – දුටුගැමුනු කුමරු නෑ රණමුණේ අම්බලම සහ ගල් පිහිල්ල

Ranamune Ambalama and Granite Water Spout seen from the Ulapane - Pussellawa Road.

Ranamune is a ancient village in Kothmale closely associated with prince Dutugemunu. After sending female jewellery to his father he ran away from his home and hid himself in a farm village Kotagapitiya where he lived for 12 years disguised as a helper until his fathers death.

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Ketawala Ambalama in Badulla – පැරණි මහනුවර බදුල්ල මාර්ගයේ පිහිටි කැටවල අම්බලම

Katawala Ambalama

Ketawala (Katawala) is a small town in Haliela DS you will come across when when you travel to the popular Bogoda Bridge either from Hali-Ela or Etampitiya. The Ketawala Ambalama lies by the four-way junction in the center of the city amidst the busy commercial buildings.

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Makura Ambalama in Kegalle – මාකුර අම්බලම

Lindawatta Ambalama

Makura Ambalama in Kegalle is a unique from all the ambalam in the country since this is built on a granite slab laid across a water canal. The amablama is located between Hettimulla and Deewala towns in Kegalle.

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Ambagaspitiya Ambalama – අඹගස්පිටිය අම්බලම

Ambagaspitiya Ambalama insert : A relief of an elephant on board a ship depicted at the Ambagaspitiya Ambalama

Ambagaspitiya Ambalama is a 18th century wayside rest built using 12 decorated granite pillars to hold a typical kandyan style (doubled pitched hipped) roof located in the Gampaha District.

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Ambagaspitiya Gallindawatta Ambalama – අඹගස්පිටිය ගල්ලිඳවත්ත අම්බලම

Ambagaspitiya Gallindawatta Ambalama

Ambagaspitiya Gallindawatta Ambalama is a wayside rest built on granite pillars in Mahara Divisional Secretariat. The ambalama is situated in a paddy fileld known as Gallindawatta. An ancient well built with granite  near the ambalama has given the name for

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Kelimune Ambalama – කෙලිමුනේ අම්බලම

Kelimune Ambalama

Kelimune Ambalama is an old wayside rest lying in the village of Kelimune on the Wariyapola – Kurunegala Road. The Ambalama lies deserted and covered with weed with no attention by any authority.

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Kotagapitiya Ambalama – කොටගපිටිය අම්බලම

Kotagapitiya Ambalama

Kotagapitiya is a small village in Kothmale and is best known as the village that prince Dutugemunu ( who later liberated the island from invadors and became King Dutugemunu) lived most of his younger life hidden from his father after sending him female jewellery.

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Mahathalakolawewa Rajamaha Viharaya in Medirigiriya – මැදිරිගිරිය මහතලාකොලවැව රජමහා විහාරය

Ruins of Mahathalakolawewa Rajamaha Viharaya

Mahathalakolawewa village is an remote village surrounded by jungles in Medirigirya area. According to legend, the Mahathalakolawewa Rajamaha Viharaya in this remote village has been a temporary home to the Right Tooth Relic of Buddha before it was enshrined in the Somawathi Chaithya.

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Galle Fort Ambalama – ගාල්ල බලකොටුව අම්බලම

The Ambalama at the Galle Fort Courthouse Square

The Ambalama at Galle Fort lies at the far end of the fort in the open space known as the Courthouse Square. This is a simple brick and mortar structure with with four cylindrical pillars holding the roof.

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Putupagala Ambalama – පුටුපාගල අම්බලම

Ambalama

Putupagala Ambalama lies in the village of Putupagala in the Gampaha District. This ambalama is believed to be built by king Weeraparakrama (1477 – 1489) of Kotte kingdom.

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Bibilemulla Rajamaha Viharaya in Monaragala – මොනරාගල බිබිලේමුල්ල රජමහා විහාරය

Bibilemulla Rajamaha Viharaya

Bibilemulla Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient temple complex hidden between Bibile and Monaragala. The current temple is believed to be built by king Keerthi Sri Rajasinhe (1747 – 1781) of Kandyan Kingdom. But history of the temple had been much longer considering the granite pillars at the site.

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Pothana Rajamaha Viharaya in Sigiriya – සීගිරිය පොතාන රජමහා විහාරය

Pothana main cave where excavations were done

Pothana Rajamaha Viharaya in Sigiriya lies in a cave complex in Sigiriya which have proved to have a historical as well as pre historical value.

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Palathota Ammunition Store – පලාතොට පැරණි ආයුධ ගබඩාව

Palathota ancient ammunition store

Ammunition Store at Palathota has been built during the Dutch Period to store ammunition and to preserve it from fire. The roof of the building is made of concrete and bricks. The setting of walls and windows are significant since they allow for inside wind circulation.

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Uduwara Shailatharama Maha Viharaya in Kalutara – උඩුවර ශෛලතලාරාම මහා විහාරය

Uduwara Shailatharama Maha Viharaya

Uduwara Shailatharama Maha Viharayaya has been established in 2434 BE (1890 CE). The building, which houses the Buddha image had been built in 1901, The temple had been known as the “Punch Kelaniya” in the past and had been popular pilgrim destination in the past.

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Diyagama “Palunu Gala” Inscription in Kalutara – දියගම “පැලුනු ගල” සෙල් ලිපිය

Diyagama inscription is located at Diyagama ancient port of Kalu Ganga, about 3 km from the river mouth. It is also known as the „Pelunu Gala‟ inscription

Diyagama “Palunu Gala” Inscription lies on a rock by the Kalu Ganga in Diyagama which mentions of a ferry port and donations of paddy form the fields by an individual.

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Tamil Inscription Pillar at Kalutara – කළුතර දෙමල සෙල් ලිපිය

Tamil Inscription in Kalutara

This inscription is located in the premises of Kalutara Magistrate Court Complex between Galle Road and the Colombo-Galle railway line . The letters and the description indicate that this inscription belongs to the 15th century and to the Kotte Kingdom (1412–1597 A.D).

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Rambukkana Rajamaha Viharaya – Bandaragama – බන්ඩාරගම රඹුක්කන රජමහා විහාරය

The 1st century BC slab inscription Bandaragama Rambukkana Rajamaha Viharaya

Rambukkana rajamaha Viharaya is a small temple on the Horana – Panadura road close to Bandaragama. The temple remained insignificant until late last century when a large slab inscription was unearthed during renovation in 1997.  The inscription was badly damaged,

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Sunandarama Maha Viharaya – Ambalangoda – අම්බලන්ගොඩ සුනන්දාරම මහා විහාරය

Ambalangoda Sunandarama Maha Viharaya

Sunandarama Maha Viharaya dates back to the 18 th BCE . In 1750 the “Bodhi” was planted according to the belief.In that time this temple was a residence for nuns.But “Sunandarama Maha Vihara” systematically started in 1970.

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Danakirigala Rajamaha Viharaya – Mawanella – මාවනැල්ල දනකිරිගල රජමහා විහාරය

Image house of Danakirigala Rajamaha Viharaya

Danakirigala Rajamaha Viharaya lies on picturesque mountain off Mawanella. The temple is believed to be built by King Walagamba during the 1st century. The rock inscriptions at the site dates this temple complex to a period even before -to the pre christian period.

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Yakgahapitiya Sirimalwatta Ambalama – යක්ගහපිටිය සිරිමල්වත්ත අම්බලම

Yakgahapitiya Sirimalwatta Ambalama

Yakgahapitiya Sirimalwatta Ambalama is a large brick and mortar wayside rest in on the road to Degaldoruwa Rajamaha Viharaya in Kandy District. The ambalama lies at the turn off to the Sirimalwatta Rajamaha Viharaya

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Pothgul Rajamaha Viharaya – Ratnapura – රත්නපුර පොත්ගුල් රජමහා විහාරය

The ancient cave image house of Ratnapura Pothgul Rajamaha Viharaya

Rathnapura Pothgul Rajamaha Viharaya is a picturesque cave temple built on top of a hill believed to be built by king Vatta Gamini Abhaya better known as king Walagamba ( (89-77 BC) in the 1st century. It had been renovated during the days of King Kirthi Sri Rajasinghe (1747 – 1781) of the Kandy period.

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Kirioruwa Ambalama – කිරිඔරුව අම්බලම

Kirioruwa Ambalama

Kirioruwa Ambalama is a small ancient wayside rest made of brick and mortar hidden away from popular road network between Bandarawela and Attempitiya. The Amalama was more or less destroyed by and only the parts of the walls and some corrugated sheets were remaining by 2012.

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Bandarawela Kahaththewela Ambalama – බණ්ඩාරවෙල කහත්තේවල අම්බලම

Bandarawela Kahaththewala Ambalama

Kahaththewela Ambalama in Bandarawela is a small ancient wayside rest made of brick and mortar hidden away at a corner of temple at the Kahaththewala junction. Due expansions of the adjoining temple, the Amalama was more or less destroyed and

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Ettampitiya Ambalama – ඇටම්පිටිය අම්බලම

Ettampitiya Ambalama

The Ettampitiya Ambalama is an small brick and mortar building tiled with semi cylindrical clay tiles (sinhala ulu). Three sides of the building is fully covered and the front by a half wall.

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Megoda Kalugamuwa Ambalama – මෙගොඩ කලුගමුව අම්බලම

Megoda Kalugamuwa Ambalama

Megoda Kalugamuwa Ambalama is an ancient wayside rest siting in the middle of a picturesque paddy field on the banks of Mahaweli River in the Kalugamuwa area.

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Ilukthenna Ambalama – ඉලුක්තැන්න අම්බලම

Ilukthenna Ambalama

Illukthenna Ambalama is an ancient wayside rest on the route to famous Suriyagoda Rajamaha Viharaya about 8 km from Kandy city. Unfortunately the Ambalama seems to have been renovated without preserving its antiquity some time ago.

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Rukula Ambalama – රුකුලා අම්බලම

Ambalama at Rukulgama is said to belonging to 13th century, built for travelers to the Devalaya.The Rukula Ambalama is built with brick and motar. 12 large columns carry the weight of the roof. The roof is tiled with semi cylindrical clay tiles (sinhala ulu).

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Wathupola Ambalama – වතුපොල අම්බලම

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The ancient Wathupola Ambalama (wayside rest) is situated in middle of a paddy field in the Wathupola Grama Niladhari Division, Udunuwara Divisional Secretary’s Division, Kandy District in the Central Province.

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Gelanigama Ambalama – ගැලණිගම අම්බලම

Galanigama Ambalama

Gelanigama Ambalama is an ancient brick and mortar wayside rest close to the Southern Expressway entrance at Gelanigama. This is a small building with a half height wall built around it.

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Udammita Ambalama in Veyangoda – වේයන්ගොඩ උදම්මිට අම්බලම

Udammita Ambalama

Udammita Ambalama is an ancient brick and mortar wayside rest built in 1829 on the Nittambuwa – Veyangoda road. This ambalama  is a comparatively large building, size of a small house with 2 rooms. A half height wall surrounds the

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Kevulgama Ambalama – කෙවුල්ගම අම්බලම

Kevulgama Ambalama

Kevulgama Ambalama in Medamahanuwara are is an ancient wooden hidden faraway from the common road networks. Considerably small, the base of the structure is made of four large wooden beams raised from the ground.

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