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Bothale Wela Meda Ambalama

Bothale Wela Meda Ambalama
Bothale Wela Meda Ambalama (Sinhala: බෝතලේ වෙලමැද අම්බලම) is an old resting house situated in the middle of a paddy field in Bothale village in Gampaha District, Sri Lanka. The ancient Bothale Raja Maha Viharaya is located about 1 km north of this Ambalama.

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 Bothale is believed to be one such structure built in the past.

The structure
This single-room Ambalama building is roughly square in shape and built of brick and mortar. Three sides of the building are covered by walls while the front side is open to the roadside. The roof which is covered with calicut clay tiles is held by rafters balanced on high walls.

#) extends its gratitude to Lalith Kekulthotuwage for providing the necessary photographs required for this article. All the photos are published here with the permission of the author.

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This page was last updated on 24 September 2023

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