Moragolla Ambalama

Not to be confused with Horagolla Ambalama

Moragolla Ambalama (Sinhala: මොරගොල්ල අම්බලම) is an old wayside rest in Moragolla village near Welimada in Badulla 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 Moragolla Ambalama is considered such a structure built in the past.

The Structure

The Moragolla Ambalama is a small shelter built of brick and mortar. Three sides except for the direction of the door are completely covered by the wall. Semi-circular clay tiles (Sinhala Ulu) have been used for the roof.

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This page was last updated on 12 May 2024

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