Friday, May 7, 2021

Godamunna Elle Oya Ambalama

Godamunna Elle Oya Ambalama
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The Godamunna Elle Oya Ambalama is an old wayside rest situated in Godamunna village in Kandy District, Sri Lanka. 

History
Ambalamas are traditional resting places built by locals to accommodate wayfarers who were travelling to distant places. They were also used as a place for people to gather, hold meetings and serve as a public place in society. During the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, Ambalamas were spread all over the country.  The Godamunna Elle Oya Ambalama is one such structure built in 1930 by a person named Ranthen Gedara Iskoole Mahatha (Dasanayaka, 2018).

The structure
Situated on the verge of a small waterfall, the Ambalama has been built by erecting four granite pillars fixed on the ground. By connecting these four pillars, a short wall prepared for sitting runs around it. The roof is tiled with Sinhala Ulu and held by the four pillars. 

References
1) Dasanayaka, R., 2018. Ambalama saha samajaya (In Sinhala). S. Godage & Brothers.  pp.107-108.

Location Map
This page was last updated on 2 January 2022
For a complete tourist map follow this link: Lankapradeepa Tourist Map

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