Friday, April 30, 2021

Wegiriya Ambalama

Wegiriya Ambalama
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The Wegiriya Ambalama is an old wayside rest situated in Udunuwara in Kandy District, Sri Lanka. 

Ambalamas are traditional resting places built by locals to accommodate wayfarers who were travelling to distant places. The Ambalama at Wegiriya, as mentioned in its one of the rafters, has been built on 13 January 1925 by a doctor named Jinadasa (Dasanayaka, 2018).

The four large pillars at the corners of this Ambalama are about 10 ft. tall and made out of stone (Dasanayaka, 2018). By connecting these pillars, a short wall prepared for sitting runs around it. However, the heights of this wall differ in each direction and this is probably due to the caste differences that prevailed in the society at the time of its construction. The four-sided roof with an elevated middle portion is paved with Calicut tiles.

1) Dasanayaka, R., 2018. Ambalama saha samajaya (In Sinhala). S. Godage & Brothers.  p.103.

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