Wahugapitiya Gal Ambalama

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In ancient times, kings, ministers, and nobles undertook the construction of ambalams, which were erected at intervals along travel routes to serve the public and travellers journeying long distances. These ambalams served as gathering places for villagers to address various needs and also provided overnight accommodations for weary travellers.

The majority of the ambalams observed today were constructed during the Kandyan era. These structures exemplify the fusion of carving and architectural techniques characteristic of the period. Following the Kandy era, ambalams built during the colonial era can also be found in certain locations, which are more utilitarian structures.

The Wahugapitiya Ambalama stands as an example of an ambalama constructed during the colonial era. Situated along the road connecting Peradeniya to Nuwara Eliya, in the village of Wadugapitiya within the Pussellawa area.

Adjacent to the main road, in a sloping area near the roadside, the construction of the Wahugapitiya Ambalama involved the use of large square stone blocks to create a level ground. On top of this foundation, granite blocks were utilized to elevate the walls to approximately three feet in height. Additionally, four pillars, also constructed from granite blocks, ascend from the walls to support the structure of the roof.

The two front pillars of Ambalam are well-finished and a square on the upper part of the right pillar has been caved inwards creating a high relief of a deity. Below the carving, a text is carved out recoding that this ambalama was constructed by R. M. Marimuthu in memory of his father in February 1929.

2.1929 BY

In the centre of the front left pillar is a beautifully carved elephant-headed statue of Lord Ganesh. Above that the birth is listed as 25 June 1850 and 39 years of service at Beaumont (estate?).


The Wahugapitiya Ambalama, once a beautifully crafted structure, now stands in a state of disrepair. Its roof is covered with galvanized roofing sheets, and the surrounding jungle encroaches upon its perimeter. Given its deteriorating condition, restoration efforts are imperative to preserve this historic building for future generations.

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Traveling Directions to Wahugapitiya Gal Ambalama

From Peradeniya to Wahugapitiya Ambalam
Via : Gampola – Pussellawa
Total Distance : 26 Kms
Travel Time : 45 Minutes
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