Matara Parawahera Ambalama (මාතර පරවාහැර අම්බලම)

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Parawahera Ambalama is a brick and mortar wayside rest lying 9 kms from Matara on the Ratmale Road.

Ambalama is a traditional resting place that can be found all around Sri Lanka. These structures were built during the ancient times and were used by travelers as a place to rest during their journeys. The term “Ambalama” comes from the Sinhala language, and it means a place to rest.

The design of the ambalama structures varies, but they are typically constructed with a thatched roof and pillars that support it. The walls are usually open, allowing for a cool breeze to flow through and provide respite from the hot and humid weather in Sri Lanka. Historically, ambalamas were used by traders, pilgrims, and other travelers who needed to rest during their journeys.

Ambalamas were also used as a place for people to meet and exchange ideas and information. They were often built near important landmarks such as temples, lakes, and rivers. In some cases, they were also used as a shelter for animals during the rainy season.

Many of the Ambalam found today had been built during the Kandyan kingdom. Some were built using granite and wood exquisitely carved with various designs popular during this era. But later, aesthetics lost its importance and they were just built for their utilitarian value. Parawahera is one such ambalama lacking any effort made to its aesthetics.

This Ambalama has been restored recently and declared as an protected archaeological site.

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Travel Directions to Parawahera Ambalama

Route from Matara to Parawahera Ambalama
Through : Yatiyana Road
Distance : 9.5 km
Travel time :  30 minutes
Time to Spent : 10-15 mins
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