Category: Ambalama (wayside rest)

Lahugala Paranagovipola Aththani Pillar – ලාහුගල පරණගොවිපොල අත්තාණි කනුව

Aththani Pillar Inscription of Lahugala

“Aththani Kanu” or “Aththani Pillar Inscriptions” are ancient granite pillars with inscriptions which generally records special grants by the king to temples and other places of worship.

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Lahugala Ethgala Archaeological Site – ලාහුගල ඇත්ගාල පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

The turn off at the archaeology board to Ethgala and Paranagovipola Ruins

Remains of an ancient rampart and few stone pillars of a ancient building can be found at what villagers called Ethgala (Elephant Stable) passing the Magul Maha Viharaya.

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Sengamuwa Pansalgoda Archaeological Site – ලාහුගල සෙන්ගමුව පන්සල්ගොඩ පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Entrance to the Sengamuwa Army Camp

Sengamuwa is a village you find on the road to Pottuvil passing the Lahugala Kotavehera. Some ancient stone pillars with ruins of buildings inside the Sengamuwa Army Camp has been declared as a protected archaeological site in 2014.

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Lahugala Yalpotha Reservoir Archaeological Site – ලාහුගල යාල්පොත වැව පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Yalpotha Reservoir is an ancient tank lying east of the popular Lahugala Magul Maha Viharaya in Lahugala. This reservoir lies on the right to the road leading to Pottuvil just 600 meters pass the turn off to the Magul Maha Viharaya.

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Lahugala Bogahalanda Archaeological Site – ලාහුගල බෝගහලන්ද පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

A pond being vandalized in search of treasures at Katupelellegala

A rock plain on the Bogahalanda village near Lahugala Magul Maha Viharaya North West of Yalpotha Reservoir  has been declared as a protected archaeological site by the Government with the Gazette issued on 10th October 2014, and describes the location

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Hulannuge Heda Oya Stone Anicut Archaeological Site – හුලංනුගේ හැඩඔය ගල්අමුණ පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Turn off to the Gal Amuna Viyaparaya at Hulannuge

An ancient stone anicut (gal amuna) anicut at Hulannuge on the Heda Oya has been declared as a protected archaeological site.

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Hulannuge Heda Oya Archaeological Site – හුලංනුගේ හැඩඔය අසල පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Turn off to the Gal Amuna Viyaparaya at Hulannuge

Hulannuge Heda Oya Archaeological Site is place with ancient granite pillar ruins on the bank of Heda Oya close to the ancient stone anicut has been declared as a protected archaeological site.

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Panama Wewevehera Rajamaha Viharaya Archaeological Site – පානම වැවේවෙහෙර රජමහා විහාරය පුරාවිද්‍යා භූමිය

Wewevehera Rajamaha Viharaya in Panama

Wawevehera Rajamaha Viharaya (also known as Panama Rajamaha Viharaya) and its ruins lies about five hundred meters away from the heart of the Panama, its ancient reservoir which feeds most of the areas paddy fields. Lying in a cleared patch

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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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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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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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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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Wegowwa Ambalama in Minuwangoda – මිනුවන්ගොඩ වෑගොව්ව අම්බලම

Wegowwa Ambalama in Minuwangoda

The Wegowwa Ambalama in Minuwangoda is a considerably large wayside rest size of a small house lying in the area known as Wegowwa between Minuwangoda and Divulapitiya.

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Kegalle Jubilee Ambalama – කෑගල්ල ජුබිලි අම්බලම

Kegalle Jubilee Ambalama

The Jubilee Ambalama at Kegalle town (Kegalla Jubilee Ambalama) is a large building size of a small house lying in the center of the Kagalle City. It has been built in 1887 in parallel to the visit by Queen Victoria of England to then Ceylon.

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Naranwala Ambalama – නාරංවල අම්බලම

Naranwala Ambalama

Naramwala Ambalama is one of the well preserved ancient wayside rests you can see today. The Ambalama lies on a platform raised by large granite blocks. Four granite pillars hold the roof of the Ambalama.

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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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