Sunday, 13 June 2021

Apalawatta Ambalama

Apalawatta Ambalama
Photo credit: Google street view

The Apalawatta Ambalama is an old wayside rest situated in Urapola in Gampaha District, Sri Lanka.

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 structure
The rectangular-shaped Ambalama is relatively small and consists of a single open space surrounded by a short wall. The four-sided roof which is held by nine pillars has been tiled with semi-cylindrical clay tiles (Sinhala Ulu). Out of the nine pillars, four pillars at the corners of the structure are square and the others are cylindrical.

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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