Dolapihilla Ambalama

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

The Dolapihilla Ambalama (Sinhala: දොලපිහිල්ල අම්බලම) is an old wayside rest situated in Pujapitiya village in Kandy 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 Dolapihilla Ambalama has been built on an elevated stone-faced platform. Two horizontal frame of four wooden beams sharing the same center are balanced on rock boulders and the roof is held by vertical pillars fixed on them.

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This page was last updated on 11 January 2022

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