Ambagaspitiya Ambalama – අඹගස්පිටිය අම්බලම

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Ambagaspitiya Ambalama <br /> insert : A relief of an elephant on board a ship depicted at the Ambagaspitiya Ambalama

Ambagaspitiya Ambalama
insert : A relief of an elephant on board a ship depicted at the Ambagaspitiya Ambalama
photo credits : Upali Somasiri

Ambagaspitiya Ambalama is a 18th century wayside rest built on granite pillars in Mahara Divisional Secretariat. The ambalama is situated on the Yakkala-Radawana road, 4.7 km from Yakkala. The ambalama is built with 12 granite pillars  with a design similar to the Gallindawatta Ambalama few kilometers away.

A half height brick and mortar wall goes around the ambalama with a entrance on the northern side. The granite pillars are decorated with various carvings. The stone pillars have peculiar carvings depicting the scenes of Ramayana such as the Hanuman with the chunk of earth with medicinal plants, which are all rare themes in Sri Lanka. The pillar top (pekada) is made of wood and is exquisitely carved. The roof is the typical kandyan style (doubled pitched hipped roof) and tiled with semi cylindrical barrel clay tiles (sinhala ulu).

This ambalama was declared as a protected archaeological monument in 2002.

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Travel Directions to Ambagaspitiya Ambalama

Route from Colombo Ambagaspitiya Ambalama
distance : 37 km
Travel time : 1.5mins
Time to Spent : 15-20  mins
Driving directions : see on google map
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