Uduwaka Ambalama (Matara)

Matara Uduwaka Ambalama
Matara Uduwaka Ambalama (Photo credit: Google Street View)

Uduwaka Ambalama (Sinhala: මාතර උඩුවක අම්බලම) is a wayside rest located on Uduwaka-Telijjawila Rd in Matara 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 Uduwaka Ambalama is a rectangular-shaped single-room structure built of brick and mortar. Three sides of the building are covered by walls while the front side is open to the road. The roof which is covered with calicut clay tiles is held by high walls.

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This page was last updated on 19 October 2022

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