Kadugannawa Ambalama ( wayside rest ) – කඩුගන්නාව අම්බලම

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Kadugannawa Ambalama

Kadugannawa Ambalama

This is perhaps the most popular ambalama’s in the country. The historic ambalama in Kadugannawa lies right next to the Colombo – Kandy Road just before the hairpin bend (aka Kadugannawa Pass) at Kadugannawa.

This Ambalama is said to have buildduring the reign of King Sri Wickremerajasinghe and must have been a popular stopover for the merchants traveling on the arduous route between ancient hill capital and the lowlands.

Though this building was lying on one of the most busiest roads in the country, it was neglected and in a dilapidated condition until 2009. The Department of Archaeology finally restored the building in 2009 maintaining the original architectural details of the Kandyan Era.

Recently (2011) a lorry has stuck this ambalama damaging the pillars and the roof. Currently a temporary pillar has been kept to keep the roof from falling but is in need of a permanent solution.

update (2013) : This damage has been repaired and the Ambalama has been brought to the original condition

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Map of the Kadugannawa Ambalama

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Travel Directions to Kadugannawa Ambalama

Route 1 from Colombo to Kadugannawa

Route 2 from Kandy to Kadugannawa

Though : Kandy Road
Distance :100 km
Travel time : 2.5- 3 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Though : Kandy Road
Distance :20 km
Travel time : 30 minutes
Driving directions : see on google map

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