Galagedara Yatiwawala Ambalama

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Yatiwawala is located in the Galagedara area of the Harispattuwa Divisional Secretariat in the Kandy District. To find the Ambalama, one must walk along Polwatte Mawatha, situated in front of the Yatiwawala Cemetery, for approximately 350 meters. The Ambalama can be found in front of a paddy field along this route.

Rest houses or wayside shelters constructed near roads for the convenience of travellers are referred to as Ambalama. In ancient times, even kings and ministers utilized them during long journeys. Erecting an Ambalama for weary travellers was deemed a highly meritorious act, influenced by the Buddhist ethos prevalent in Sri Lanka. As a result, Ambalams were commonly found every two to three miles along public roads, and certain old villages boasted two or three of these structures. Moreover, Ambalama served as vital gathering spots for the local communities residing in these villages.

Today, Ambalams dating from the Kandyan kingdom up to the colonial era can still be found. The Yativavala Ambalam, for instance, may have served as a rest stop for travellers journeying between Kurunegala and ancient Kandy. Constructed with brick and mortar, this Ambalam features a roof supported by four pillars on a cement base. As a result, it lacks any significant artistic embellishments. Nonetheless, it remains an important historical and functional structure, preserving the tradition of providing shelter and respite for weary travellers.

It appears that class distinctions were taken into account during the construction of this Ambalama. Short ledge-like walls were built around it to provide seating within the shelter. The walls flanking the entrance are the shortest among the surrounding walls. The left wall is constructed at the same height. Conversely, the rear wall of the Ambalama stands at about 4 inches higher than the left wall, while the wall on the right side is approximately 4 inches higher than the rear wall, making it the tallest wall within the structure. This differential in wall height may reflect a societal norm of providing seating of varying heights for individuals of different statuses, thereby accommodating the hierarchical structure prevalent in ancient society.

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Travelling Directions to Galagedara Yatiwawala Ambalama

From Kandy to Yativala Ambalama
Via : Katugastota
Total Distance : 7 Kms
Time to travel : 20-25 minutes
Time to spend : Around 15 minutes
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