Kottunna Ambalama

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

Kottunna Ambalama (Sinhala: බියගම කොට්ටුන්න අම්බලම) is an old wayside rest situated in Biyagama in Gampaha 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 Ambalama at Kottunna is believed to be one such place.

The Structure

The square-shaped Kottunna Ambalama is relatively small and consists of a single open space surrounded by a short wall. The four-sided roof which is held by four pillars at the corners has been tiled with calicut clay tiles.

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This page was last updated on 7 December 2023

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