Pattiyawatta Ambalama

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

Pattiyawatta Ambalama (Sinhala: පට්ටියවත්ත අම්බලම) is an old wayside rest situated in Udabokalewala 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 Ambalama at Pattiyawatta is believed to be one such place.

A Protected Monument

The ancient doss house (Pattiyawatte Ambalama) located in the Grama Niladhari Division of Udabokalewala in Harispaththuwa Divisional Secretary’s Division is an archaeological protected monument, declared by a government notification published on 16 August 2013.


1) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka: Extraordinary. No: 1823/73. 16 August 2013. p.3A.

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This page was last updated on 8 December 2023
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