Welimada Moragolla Ambalama

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Traveling 2½ km from Welimada town in Badulla district on the Moragolla road, you can find this Ambalama by the Moragolla road inside the Downside Estate controlled by Malwatte Valley Plantations.

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.

Moragolla Ambalama is small in size. It is made of brick and mortar. Except for the side of the entrance, all otjer three sides are completely closed by the wall. The roof is covered with Sinhala tiles in two layers.

Inside, the rear seat is taller than the two side seats. In many of the ambalams of the Kandy era, when the caste division was strict, seats can be seen at different heights for each cast. Its is interesting to see this feature in an ambalam in the middle of a tea plantation.

According to the above photo taken in 2015, the roof of this Ambalam has decayed and collapsed. Later, this Ambalam has been renovated and the roof is now covered with galvanized corrugated sheets (see photo below)

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Traveling Directions to Welimada Moragolla Ambalama

From Welimada to Moragolla Ambalama
Via : Moragolla Road
Total distance: 2.5 km
Duration : 10 minutes
Time to spend: About 15 minutes
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