Sin: අම්පාර – Tam அம்பார ampāra
‘Waterway’ -City/District, EP, Sri Lanka
From Sin: ambu/Tam: am/ambu, ‘water’ and Sin: para, ‘road’, ‘way’, ‘path’.
Ampara was nothing more than a hunter’s rest-house until the Gal Oya redevelopment when it became first a construction site, then a town and then a District
Ampara Peace Pagoda [Ampara Sama Chaitya], built in 1988 to promote non-violence in the community, is one of many around the world (there are three in Britain) and one of five in Sri Lanka (the others are at Unawatuna, Adam’s Peak, Bandarawela and Walapane)
For related place names see Sri Lanka Place names.