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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
A large wooden Ambalama (way side rest) probably built during Kendyan era. The structure is completely made of wood decorated with various carvings.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
An ancient stupa now totally covered in weed resembling just a mound of earth lying at a rocky plain near the picturesque Andiyagala Reservoir.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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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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.
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.