Mahawatta Ambalama

Mahawatta Ambalama
Mahawatta Ambalama (Photo credit: Google street view)

The Mahawatta Ambalama (Sinhala: මහවත්ත අම්බලම) is an old wayside rest situated on the Algama-Horagasmankada road in Kegalle 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 Mahawatta Ambalama is made of bricks and mortar. It is a rectangular structure with 7 square pillars and 2 cylindrical pillars holding the roof. The roof is covered with calicut clay tiles.

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This page was last updated on 26 December 2022
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