Sunday, 5 December 2021

Godawela Ambalama

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

The Godawela Ambalama is an old wayside rest situated at Godawela junction on the Beliatta-Hakmana road in Hambantota 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 Godawela Ambalama is a rectangular-shaped structure with a small verandah. A bench has been made along the entire length of the verandah for seating. The roof of the building is covered with semi-cylindrical clay tiles known as Sinhala-Ulu

There is a square-shaped stone artefact in front of the Ambalama building with a circular hollow on the upper side. On one of the sides of it are some engravings with the year 1895.

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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