Matara Uduwaka Ambalama (මාතර උඩුවක අම්බලම)

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In 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 opted to leave their villages for Pilgrimages or to visit their friends and relatives who stayed in other areas. With the greatest difficulties and one 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 several days, they had to spend the nights in some safe place and relax. The main purpose of building ambalams was to help such travellers to rest their weary limbs, prepare meals and 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 mortar with arch window openings in the rear and the sides. The face of the ambalama includes a doorway and a half wall.

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Route from Colombo to Matara Uduwaka Ambalama
Through : Yakkala – Ambagahaspitiya
Distance :35 km
Travel time : 1.15 hours
Time to Spent : 15-30 mins
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