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Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, Ella

Categories: Bridges, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 600 reviews on the web
A major crossing point along the nation's main rail artery, Demodara Nine Arch Bridge stands as a marvel of the region's colonial-era engineering. Completed in 1921, the bridge features nine successive arched spans stretching 91.5 m (300 ft) across a small valley. Standing at a height of 24 m (80 ft), the structure features no steel or metal in its construction--only bricks, cement, and rocks. You can make your way to the bridge from the nearby town of Ella via a jungle trail, at the end of which you'll have a clear view of this landmark structure. Alternatively, ride the train between the two stations on either side of the bridge for fine views and a chance to travel like the local population. Put Demodara Nine Arch Bridge into our Ella tour planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Ella.
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  • We walked here after Little Adam's Peak since it's nearby. It was a beautiful bridge, but it was not as majestic as it seems in photos. Regardless, it's still a nice site. The hike down there is very ...  read more »
  • Walked about ten minutes off the road with my driver to see the bridge and watched a train pass. Nice place to take pictures. 
  • We were there late in the day, on the roof of the House from a nice sri Lankan family, happy to accommodate us, time of pictures; This blue train that comes along this beautiful 9 arches bridge is a good time: sensational photos!
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  • How ever you get there it's worth the effort. Do try and catch a train crossing, you can get a cold ginger beer from the 9 arch cafe and wait in the shade. There have been a few bag and camera snatching of late but there is a police presence and it all felt safe to us. The bridge is a fantastic atchivment in a stunning setting.
  • Beautiful bridge and really amazing to behold with the scenery. If you're lucky enough to watch a train go past it'll be a great experience but nevertheless it's worth a look, the architecture in such a remote place is breathtaking
  • We had a driver to drop us off anywhere we wanted, and we didn't want to walk on the rails as we were with 2 small kids. One way to reach is through a tea plantation road which starts in front of '98 acres'. This trail is available at OSM maps. After a nice walk it reaches the Asanka cafe. A short-but-steep trail goes down to the bridge. Another trail up is seen on Google Maps a little farther from the tunnel. It leads to 'Nine Arch Bridge Good and Best View Place' cafe. Overall the bridge worth a visit.
  • One of the major attractions on Ella.In order to access the bridge you will have to rail-hike from Ella railway station to the Demodara Railway Station. Always beware of the train.Especially when crossing through the Railway -tunnel.Carry enough water and travel light. Do not litter. The Iconic creation of Sri Lankan Industrial Age.
  • Awesome work done by one of our own Sri Lankan. If you are visiting... check the train timetable beforehand.
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