Friday, 9 July 2021

Wahugapitiya Ambalama

Wahugapitiya Ambalama
Photo credit: Google street view

The Wahugapitiya Ambalama is an old wayside rest situated in Wahugapitiya village in Matale 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. 
Two inscriptions on the left and right pillars of the front side of the building contain details about the construction of this Ambalama. They can be read as follows; 

Inscription on the right pillar
(A figure of a person or a deity)
This Ambalam erected on 2.1929 by RM Arimuthu KP in loving memory of his late father
Inscription on the left pillar
Born in 25.6.1850 39 years service in Beaumont
(a figure of God Ganesha)
The structure
Located adjacent to the main road, this Ambalama has been built on a flat earth-filled terrace. The building is roughly square in shape and its walls have been raised to a height of about three feet using granite blocks. The roof is supported on granite pillars fixed on the wall. 

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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