A culturally significant practice in Sri Lankan history is the placement of Pinthaliya in areas where common men gathered. A pinthaliya generally consists of a large pot to store water and a “Kenessa” a deep spoon with a long arm to fetch the water from the Pinthaliya.
Like the Ambalama, Pinthaliya was another part of the Sinhalese culture enriched by Buddhism where the rich or poor maintained a drinking water pot on common routes for weary traveler for a drop of cold water. These pots were mainly made of clay, a natural coolant. Some times you would find Pinthaliyas carved out of stone.
One such stone Pinthaliya can be found at a busy road in Wataddara in Gampaha District. Protected by the archaeological department, this Pinthaliya stands right opposite the Wataddara Ganekanda Sri Sumanarama Purana Viharaya.
Map of Wataddara Gal Pinthaliya in Gampaha
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Travel Directions to Wataddara Gal Pinthaliya in Gampaha
|Route from Colombo to Wataddara Gal Pinthaliya in Gampaha|
|Through : Katunayake Expressway – Ja-Ela exit|
Distance :45 km
Travel time : 1.15 hours
Time to Spent : 15 mins
Driving directions : see on google map