Gelanigama Ambalama – ගැලණිගම අම්බලම

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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. It seems to have been renovated recently with the roof being tiled with clay calicut tiles (rata ulu). Inside the ambalama, connected to the rear wall lies an ancient granite plaque placed by the doner of the ambalama. This probably would have been at the front earlier. You can clearly make out 1851 at the top. This 8 line inscription mentions of a Hewage Koranolis Appu who was residing in Gelanigama donating the land on 1851 June 18 to obtain Nibbana and to confer merit to all others. Today this ambalama has become a home to a homeless man.

To reach this Ambalama travel towards Gelanigama entrance to the Southern Expressway from Bandaragama. The Ambalama lies between the two entrances to the expressway on the right.

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Map of Gelanigama Ambalama

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Travel Directions to Gelanigama Ambalama

Route from Colombo to Gelanigama Ambalama
distance : 38 km
Travel time : 1.0 hours
Time to Spent : 15 mins
Driving directions : see on google map


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