Wellamadama Ambalama

Wellamadama Ambalama
The Wellamadama Ambalama (Sinhala: වැල්ලමඩම අම්බලම, මැද්දවත්ත) is an old wayside rest in Meddawatta in Matara 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 Wellamadama Ambalama is one such structure believed to have been built more than 200 years ago (Bohingamuwa, 2005). Thisara Sandeshaya, an ancient Sandesha Kavya composed over 500 years ago refers to this Ambalama (Abeyawardana, 2004; Bohingamuwa, 2005).

The structure
This Ambalama which presently remains in a dilapidated state is situated about 20 m from the sea at the Rassandeniya junction about 800 m from the University of Ruhuna (Bohingamuwa, 2005). It is a single-celled structure with brick walls and a limestone foundation (Bohingamuwa, 2005). 

Wellamadama Ambalama
#) LankaPradeepa.com extends its gratitude to Lalith Kekulthotuwage for providing the necessary photographs required for this article. All the photos are published here with the permission of the author.

1) Abeyawardana, H.A.P., 2004. Heritage of Ruhuna: Major natural, cultural and historic sites. Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka. ISBN: 955-575-073-4. pp.72-73.
2) Bohingamuwa, W., 2005. Preliminary Survey of Tsunami-affected Monuments and Sites in the Maritime Region of Sri Lanka. Part VI. ICOMOS Sri Lanka. p.58.

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This page was last updated on 21 October 2023

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