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ඇවරියවල අම්බලම

Awariyawala Ambalama

Ambalama Heritage

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Western Province



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Awariyawala Ambalama

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The Ambalama (Sinhala: අම්බලම) is a simple structure that was designed to provide shelter for passing travellers. There were no charges for using the premises of the Ambalama as it was made, as an offering of goodwill (Pinkama). Ambalamas were also ideal points where it is said, many a traveller would recite old Sinhala poetry for the others sharing the nights rest abode to…listen to. This structure was of indigenous architecture and made to withstand weather conditions. 

The Awariyawala Ambalama is supposed to have been built by king Wattagamini Abaya (king Walagamba) 89-77 BC. This Ambalama is situated in a picturesque landscape, on a galthalawa (flat rock) with a beautiful pond next to it.