Gampaha Ahugammana Ambalama

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Traveling 8 km from Kaduwela town towards Weliweriya and reaching Delgoda Udupila area, turn towards Charamulla and travel 2 km to reach Ahugammana Ambalama. This Ambalam is located next to a paddy field.

In ancient times, people traveled from place to place on foot or by cart. Pilgrimages or trade journeys were measured in days, not in hours as they are now. Therefore, resting places (way side rests) or ambalams were built at various places along these popular routes. These ambalams were used to cook small meals for travelers to spend the night safely. They are built around commonly used roads. Generally a place was chosen where there are facilities for a traveller, i.e. near a well or a stream, to build a Ambalama.

At the same time, this Ambalama was also important as a gathering place for the people of that village. Often Ambalams were built under royal patronage or patronage of local nobles. Therefore, the size of these ambalams and artworks changed according to the wealth of the people who sponsored them.

This Ambalama is made of brick and mortar. Although this design is not unique in artistic quality, it is unique as an Ambalama. Here, 9 poles are used to support the roof along with 2 poles as the entrance gate.

Today, the roof of this Ambalama is tiled with Calicut tiles. Seats are made on three sides inside. The building was painted in blue and white colors until recently. In January 2020, with a misguided nationwide wall painting wave, the outer walls here have been covered with various paintings.

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Travelling Directions to Gampaha Ahugammana Ambalama

From Kaduwela to Gampaha Ahugammana Ambalama
Via : Weliweriya -Udupila
Total distance: 10 km
Duration : 20 minutes
Time to be spent: About 15-30 minutes
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