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.
Hidden behind a large cement arch of the entrance to the Poramadulla Vidyakara Maha Vidyalaya you will find the dilapidated Poramadulla Ambalama neglected and forgotten.
According to Rohitha Dasanayake of Peradeniya University, Kandekumbura Ambalama has been built on 1st March 1938 by a person called Galpatigedhara Kiripuncha. Even though this structure lies just beside a main road, its roof and the structure is crumbling and weeds cover the surrounding area.
The unique Rathmale Ambalama is the only two storied ambalama found in the country. The upper floor of the ambalama is said to be used by the priests and the lower floor by the laymen.
Parawahera Ambalama is a brick and mortar wayside rest lying 9 kms from Matara on the Ratmale Road. Ambalama is a way side rest built during the times of kings at various strategic places on popular routes for the weary…
Madiliya Ambalama is a small ancient wayside rest made of brick and mortar hidden away from popular road network hidden away in close to a picturesque paddy field between Aranayake and Hemmathagama in Rambukkana District.
Ranagala (Renagala) has been a popular ancient cross road connecting Siriwardhanapura, Anuradhapura, Kurunegala and Kandy. One proof of the importance of this is the ancient Ambalama at Ranagala. This Ambalama lies on the edge of a large paddy field in Ranagala and about 500 meters before the popular Rangala Rajamaha Viharaya.
The Katupilagolla ambalama lies in Ridigama in Kurunegala between Rambadagalla Viharaya and Ridi Viharaya. The building lies on a 3 way junction on the turn off to the Raddagoda and Delhena estates at Delwita.
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.
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.
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.
Bollatha 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.
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…
The ancient Kolongahamaditta Ambalama is a wayside rest found on the Soranathota road on the route to Soranathota Buduge Kanda Rajamaha Viharaya.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.