Udumahana Ambalama at Mawanella

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Mawanella  Udumahana Ambalama is a small ambalama made out of brick and mortar. According to oral history, of this Amabalama goes back to time of king Walagamaba (89-77 BC). 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.  A short  wall goes around the building. This wall also serves as the seating benches to the traveler.

The roof is tiled with semi cylindrical clay tiles (sinhala ulu) and the typical “Kanimadala” design of a square ambalama can be seen in designing the roof. This is a special roof construction method found on Ambalama of the Kandyan era. The wooden beams of the roof are joint together at the center using a wooden nail called Madol Kurupawa. Total weight of the roof is equally distributed by Madol Kurupawa. Kanimadala lies at the center of Madol Kurupawa and is generally a floral design is carved at the end of this piece of wood. Unfortunately the carving has has been sawn off and stolen by treasure hunters. The building seems to have been gone through a restoration process in the recent past.


Mawanella  lies about 92 kilometers from Colombo. From  Mawanella  take Rambukkana road from Mawanella and up to Randiwela junction and turn left to the road reaching Thalagolla.  The Ambalama is located 400 meters on this road. for 1 km to reach the Getakulama junction where the Ambalama is located. Another 1.3 km down this road lies the much larger Napalana Ambalama.

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Travel Directions to Mawanella  Udumahana Ambalama

Route from Colombo to Mawanella  Udumahana Ambalama
distance :95 km
Travel time : 2 hours
Time to Spent : 15 mins
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