The Appallagoda Ambalama is a traditional resting place, or ambalama, in a rural environment in the village of Appallagoda, 6 km (3.7 mi) from the city of Kandy in Sri Lanka. Built in 1922, it is an example of traditional, indigenous architecture and is known as the largest stone ambalama in the Kandy region.
The Appallagoda Ambalama has a floor area of approximately 80 m2 (860 sq ft) and it measures 5.6 m (18 ft) from floor to pinnacle. The roof is supported by two sets of stone columns, twelve externally and four internally. Inside, around the ambalama, there are seats made out of stone. Caste differences play a vital role in the management of society, especially in an area such as Kandy, and this is depicted by the level change seen in the seating area.
At the top of the roof there is a brass pinnacle which symbolises the architectural pattern of that period. A prominent feature of this ambalama is the stone "pinthäliya", a traditional container in which drinking water is stored, that is situated in front of the building. Another prominent feature is the two broken stone columns in the north-eastern side of the ambalama. The villagers in the area say that this was done deliberately when the ambalama was built in order to ward off inauspicious omens.
Appallagoda Ambalama was built in 1922 when Sri Lanka was still under British rule. The villagers say that the structure was built in order to house travelling trade parties, which were apparently abundant in this era. Although there is no written documentation about this ambalama (perhaps because it is a fairly recent addition to the list of ambalamas in Sri Lanka) villagers say that it was built under the orders of the "arachchi" (head of the village), with the help of the villagers themselves. A folktale revolves around the four names engraved in the four internal stone columns. It is said that these four names belonged to some "thugs" who were from the southern part of the island, who had come to Kandy with commercial interests and settled down there. They had used their powers to engrave their names in the columns.
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