In the ancient times, when there were no proper roadways or transport facilities other than narrow footpaths through dense jungles. Infested with wild animals and for transport only bullock carts were available, the villagers very seldom opt to leave their villages for Pilgrimages or to visit their friends and relatives who stayed in other areas. With greatest difficulties and hundred and one risks, one journey, they dared to take was to go to Sri Pada once a year to worship. It is said that since this was a very dangerous journey, the villagers, were in the habit of transferring their belongings and properties to next of kin as they were doubtful of their safe return.
Since this journey takes a number of days, they had to spend the nights in some safe place and relax. Main purpose of building ambalams was to help these travelers to rest their weary limbs, prepare meals and to spend the night. Very often these ambalams were erected near a stream. Also by the side of it they placed a big pitcher of water called “pinthaaliya” moulded either in clay or stone.
Continuing this heritage, Uduwaka Ambalama is a somewhat recent resting place in Matara District lying 8km off Weligama (2.7 km off Thelijjawila) on the Weligama Thelijawila road. The Ambalama lies by the main road, next to a lush paddy field. It is made of brick and motar with arch window opeining in the rear and the sides. The face of the ambalama includes a doorway and a half wall.
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Map of Matara Uduwaka Ambalama
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Travel Directions to Matara Uduwaka Ambalama
|Route from Colombo to Matara Uduwaka Ambalama|
|Through : Yakkala – Ambagahaspitiya|
Distance :35 km
Travel time : 1.15 hours
Time to Spent : 15-30 mins
Driving directions : see on google map