Palle Degala Ambalama

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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.

After traveling about 3.5 km on the Dunuwila road from Akurana town, the Digala road joins it and creates a three way junction. When you pass this junction for about 10 meters, you can see this Ambalam hidden along with other buildings on the right hand side. As this road was raised during the carpeting process, this Ambalama now lies below the ground level. This Ambalama as it lies today does not catch the eye of an ordinary traveler on this road.

The roof of Palle Digala Ambalama is supported by four pillars made of large cylindrical bricks and mortar. The height of the original footing is not visible due to the elevation of the road here. Thick walls and short walls are used as seat rafts. The seats on both sides are shorter than the rear seat wall. Building of seats at different heights is a specialty that can be seen in many Ambalams of the Kandy period. This is a seating system made in accordance with the tradition of seating based on the caste system.

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Travelling Directions to Palle Degala Ambalama

From Kandy to Palle Digala Ambalama
Via : Katugastota – Akurana
Total distance: 14 km
Duration : 30 minutes
Time to be spent: About 15-30 minutes
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