Yakgahapitiya Sirimalwatta Ambalama – යක්ගහපිටිය සිරිමල්වත්ත අම්බලම

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Sirimalwatta is a small town about 6 km away from Kandy, on the route to the popular Degaldoruwa Rajamaha Viharaya. The Sirimalwatta Ambalama lies in the junction where the road to the Sirimalwatta Rajamaha Viharaya falls on the road to Degaldoruwa Temple.

A 1995 article describes this ambalama as being built on a rough stone base though now the floor is made of cement.


The pillars are made of brick and mortar and has a double grid at two levels  separated by a distance of about four and a half feet. Four end twelve pillars rise from the inner and outet grids respectively. This double grid obviously allowed more sitting accommodation in the building.

To reach this ambalama, take the Lewalla road from Kandy and pass Gangaramaya Rajamaha Viharaya and continue to the Sirimalwatta road from Lewella. The ambalama lies 850 meters down this road.

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Travel Directions to Yakgahapitiya Sirimalwatta Ambalama

Kandy can be reached from Colombo on the old Colombo – Kandy road (option 1) which is scenic but heavy in traffic specially on Fridays and Sundays. However the new Central Expressway (option 2) has opened up a new route which is longer but less cumbersome.

Route 1 from Colombo to KandyRoute 2 from Colombo to Kandy
Though : kadawata – Warakapola – Ambepussa – Mawanella
Distance :120 km
Travel time : 3.45 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Though : Katunayake Expressway – Central Expressway – Kurunegala
Distance :150 km
Travel time : 3.20 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Route From Nuwara Eliya to Kandy
Though : Walapane – Raja Mawatha
Distance :100 km
Travel time : 3.0 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Route from Kandy to Yakgahapitiya Sirimalwatta Ambalama
distance : 5,7 km
Travel time : 30 mins
Time to Spent : 15  mins
Driving directions : see on google map

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