Bowala Rathu Ambalama

Bowala Rathu Ambalama (Sinhala: බෝවල රතු අම්බලම) is an old wayside rest situated in Bowala village 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. 

As mentioned on the plaque fixed on the wall, the Ambalama at Bowala was built on 9 July 1937 to give merits to Uduwerelle H.M. Kiribanda Loku Nilame who died in 1937.

The structure
The square-shaped Bowala Rathu Ambalama is relatively small and has been constructed using brick and mortar with 2 pillars in front. The rear wall has been raised up to the roof but some spaces have been left for ventilation. The two sides have been covered in half-height walls.

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This page was last updated on 9 February 2023

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