In bygone eras, individuals would traverse vast distances either by foot or by cart. Journeys from one village to another for purposes of pilgrimage or trade would often span several days. Consequently, rest stops known as Ambalams were established at regular intervals along commonly traversed routes. These structures were strategically positioned in close proximity to essential amenities such as wells or streams, ensuring the comfort and convenience of weary travelers.
The Ambalam held a significant role as a communal gathering space for the inhabitants of the village. Notably, these structures were constructed with the support of royal or local aristocratic figures, leading to variations in size and artistic ornamentation in different Ambalams based on the wealth of the patron.
The ancient Wattekele Ambalama is located at Wattekele at Egodawela in Thennayaya village in the Grama Niladhari Division of Wattekele in Soranatota Divisional Secretary’s Division in Badulla District, Uva Province.
This Ambalama was designated as an archaeological site by a special gazette on 16 August 2013.
- The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka – No. 1823/73 – FRIDAY AUGUST 16, 2013
- List of Ambalama’s in Sri Lanka
- Ancient Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka
- Other Places of Interest Within Close Proximity
Map of Badulla Wattekele Ambalama
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Driving Directions to Badulla Wattekele Ambalama
|From Badulla to Wattekele Ambalama|
|Via : Mahiyangana Road|
Total Distance : 18 KM
Time : 45 Minutes
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