Wahugapitiya Ambalama (Elkaduwa)

Not to be confused with Wahugapitiya Ambalama (Pussellawa)

Wahugapitiya Ambalama
Photo credit: Google Street View

The Wahugapitiya Ambalama (Sinhala: වහුගපිටිය අම්බලම) is an old wayside rest situated on the wayside of Ukuwela-Elkaduwa road 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 Wahugapitiya is believed to be one such structure built in the past.

The structure
Built on the verge of a paddy field, this small Ambalama building is roughly square in shape. Its roof is balanced on four cement pillars at the four corners and connecting them, a short wall runs around the structure. The roof is covered with calicut clay tiles. Presently, this building is used as a bus stop.

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This page was last updated on 15 June 2023

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