Category: Ambalama (wayside rest)

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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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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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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Ambalanpotha Ambalama – අම්බලන්පොත අම්බලම

Base of the Ambalanpotha Ambalama

Ruins of a unique Ambalama built in a elephant infested forests long time ago. This Ambalama is built on a 8 foot high brick platform to protect the vary travelers from elephant attacks at the night.

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Ruwanwella Ambalama – රුවන්වැල්ල අම්බලම

Ruwanwella Ambalama

The Ruwanwella Ambalama lies in the center of crowded, traffic – congested Ruwanwella town close to the ancient fort. This is said to be the largest ambalama found in the county.

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Awariyawala Ambalama – ඇවරියවල අම්බලම

Awariyawala Ambalama

The Awariyawala Ambalama lies in a picturesque landscape on a flat rock adjoining a small pond and is believed to be built by king Walagamba (89-77 BC).

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Deevilla Ambalama – දීවිල්ල අම්බලම

Deevilla Ambalama

Ambalamas were built in Sri Lanka from ancient times. Geiger said that the words ‘mahavata vatussala’ found in the marble slab inscription of King Mahasen (274-301AD) meant a resting place along a major street. Deevilla Ambalama stands on 18  massive

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Daulagala Ambalama – දවුලුගල අම්බලම

Daulagala Ambalama

In 2009 artist Vasantha Perera published sketches of ambalamas seen off the beaten track.He observed that the kenimadala on the roof of the ambalama at Naranwela village, Peradeniya-Daulagala road, was in a lotus pattern. Tha Ambalama lies on the junction

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Panavitiya Ambalama – පනාවිටිය අම්බලම

Panavitiya Ambalama

The Panavitiya ambalama has been dated to the 18th century. It is believed that the ambalama may have stood as a rest hall enroute to an ancient foot path leading from Dambadeniya to Kurunegala and Yapahuwa.

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Meepe Ambalama – මීපේ අම්බලම

Meepe Keselkaduwa Temple

Meepe Ambalama, the 300 year old travellers’ rest at Meepe in Habaraduwa, has been left to the mercy of the elements without any attention being paid to it by the government or connoisseurs of ancient buildings and antiquities. The historic

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Karagahagedara Ambalama – කරගහගෙදර අම්බලම

Karagahagedara Ambalama

It was definitely going to be a rainy day. So with rain coats, umbrellas, and the like packed into our jeep we set out as usual before the light of day. The route we took was through Jaela, Ekala, Minuvangoda,

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Godamunne Ambalama – ගොඩමුන්න අම්බලම

Godamunne Ambalama Image Source : Buddhist monastic architecture in Sri Lanka: the woodland shrines

Godamunne Ambalama or the wayside rest lies in the village of Godamunne. It is said that the pillers used for this rest is from the Rajasinha II’s Castle of Hanguraketa. If so this would be the only remnants of this castle after it was burned down by the Dutch.

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Kotte Gal Ambalama – කෝට්ටේ ගල් අම්බලම

Kotte Gal Ambalama at Pitakotte Junction

The historic Gal Ambalama or travelers rest at the Pitakotte Junction which goes back to the period of Parakramabahu VI (15th century) is an one of the few to survive from the Kotte Kingdom

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Kadugannawa Ambalama ( wayside rest ) – කඩුගන්නාව අම්බලම

Kadugannawa Ambalama ( wayside rest )

Kadugannawa Ambalama is said to have build during the reign of King Sri Wickrema Rajasinghe and must have been a popular stopover for the merchants traveling on the arduous route between ancient hill capital and the lowlands

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Appallagoda Ambalama – අප්පල්ලගොඩ අම්බලම

Appallagoda Ambalama

The Appallagoda Ambalama is a traditional resting place situated in a rural environment in the village of Appallagoda, 6 kilometers from the city of Kandy in Sri Lanka.

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