Saturday, June 15, 2019

Rathmale Ambalama

Rathmale Ambalama
The Rathmale Ambalama is an old wayside rest in the village of Rathmale in Matara District, Sri Lanka.

Ambalamas are traditional resting places built by locals to accommodate wayfarers who were traveling to distant places. The Ambalama at Ratmale is believed to be constructed in 1908 (the date is found inscribed on a stone plate fixed in the ground floor of the Ambalama), as a resting place for wayfarers (Wikramaratne, 2015).

The Ambalama has been constructed as a two storey structure. The upper floor is built with a wooden floor and a staircase made of wood is said to be there to reach it (Wikramaratne, 2015).

A protected monument
The doss house (Ratmale Ambalama) in Rathmale village in the Grama Niladhari Division of Bambarenda South in Dikwella Divisional Secretary’s Division is an archaeological protected monument, declared by a government gazette notification published on 16 August 2013.

1) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka: Extraordinary No: 1823/73. 16 August 2013. p.5A.
2) Wikramaratne, I., 2015. Pauranika Sthana Saha Smaraka: Matara Distrikkaya (In Sinhala). Department of Archaeology (Sri Lanka). ISBN: 955-9159-54-2. p.63.

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