Deevilla Ambalama

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

The Deevilla Ambalama (Sinhala: දීවිල්ල අම්බලම) is an old wayside rest situated at Deevilla junction on Ibbagamuwa-Palapathwela road (B409) in Matale 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 Deevilla, according to the plaque erected in front of it, was built by the "Aparadamardhana Grama Sanvardhana Samithiya" in 2490 B.E. (1946 A.D.).

The Structure

The structure is built of cement and rectangular in shape with a short porch in front. Two sets of columns fixed in two concentric tiers bear the roof and make the resting area. The roof is covered with calicut clay tiles.

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This page was last updated on 5 January 2023
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