Thursday, 16 December 2021

Katuaththamada Ambalama

Katuaththamada Ambalama
Katuaththamada Ambalama (Photo credit: Google Street View)

The Katuaththamada Ambalama (Sinhala: කටුඅත්තාමඩ අම්බලම) is an old wayside rest near Ovilikanda 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.

The structure
The Katuaththamada Ambalama is roughly a square-shaped structure built of brick and mortar. The roof which is covered with calicut clay tiles is held by 4 pillars at the corners. Connecting these pillars, a short wall goes around the structure with an opening for the entrance at the front.

Location Map
This page was last updated on 4 September 2022


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