Ihala Kotuwella Ambalama

Ihala Kotuwella Ambalama
Ihala Kotuwella Ambalama (Photo credit: Google Street View)

Ihala Kotuwella Ambalama (Sinhala: ඉහළ කොටුවැල්ල අම්බලම) is an old wayside rest situated in Kotuwella village in Pannala in Kurunegala 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 Kotuwella is said to have been constructed by a village lady named R. M. Dingiri in the year of 1916. A stone slab containing a statement in Sinhala is found erected in front of the Ambalama.

The structure
The Ihala Kotuwella Ambalama is a rectangular-shaped structure and three sides of it are covered by high walls while the front side is open to the road with a short wall. Besides the back wall, the other two side walls have windows, three on each. The roof is covered with calicut clay tiles and is held by the beams placed over the high walls.

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This page was last updated on 1 May 2023
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