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බොගාවත්ත අම්බලම

Bogahawatta Ambalama

Ambalama Heritage

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Western Province



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Bogahawatta 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. 

This old wayside rest in Kirindiwela Bogahawaththa Ambalama is situated by the roadside. It's rectangular in shape and built on 10 granite pillars. The roof is clad with rata ulu which is probably after the restoration work carried out at the site. In 2009 the Archaeological department declared Bogahawaththa Ambalama a protected monument in Sri Lanka.