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Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, Ella

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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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  • If you are in it you can not miss this scenario, it is unique. It is a picturesque place. It is advisable to come to see him in the hours in which the train passes. And of course, the train ride is imperative in Sri Lanka, since it offers incredible views, a beautiful landscape and the price is very low, a euro approx. in second class. In first class, there are no windows. ENJOY YOUR LOST!
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  • A short walk down a steep 300 meter track amongst village houses and amongst the lush greenery of Sri Lanka. Highly recommend it. Avoid getting hit by a train! You can walk along tracks to Ella town a...  more »
  • We are of little Adam's peak walked to the bridge. Via a road that eventually became a (occasionally) slippery forest path. On the bridge. Walked over the bridge and heard that it would take a while that the train would come. There are officials who warn that the train comes and you have to go. There another and better walkable path went back to Ella. Really very nice and good to walk.
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  • This place has historical value and excellence of engineering Can be reach from two directions. This view can be seen by reaching from passers road. It is a very narrow road. Be careful... very difficult if another vehicles come on other direction
  • A picturesque piece of engineering along the train line near Ella station. As the name suggests, a nine arched bridge spans over a gorge. If you can time your visit to match a time when train passes, you would be able to experience it fully.
  • We were lucky to find accommodation on the hill over this bridge. We saw this bridge every single morning. If you like watching trains be patient. There are only few of them crossing this bridge. The bridge was ours in the morning.
  • Huge history and impressive to see. Time it well and you will see a train crossing the bridge. There is a very nice restaurant uphil with a good view over the entire area.
  • Our driver parked on the road, so we had a 500 meter walk to the viewpoint. In the middle of a very nice piece of land, the bridge does look very impressive. The bridge by itself wouldn't be so spectacular, there are a lot bigger, older or otherwise more special bridges in the world. But the nice combination of nature with the bridge fitting in very well makes this a good choice for a quick stop or a hiking trip if staying in the area. With free entrance, this is very recommended!

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Where to stay in Ella

Ella accommodations come in many forms, with the hill station a long-established backpacker-friendly haunt, as well as a growingly popular destination for honeymooning couples and resort-lovers. Guesthouses and rental apartments provide the budget-friendly options in town, with plenty of those including views of the surrounding landscape. Eco-friendly resorts and lodges blend in with the scenery and ensure lots of green space for rest and recreation.
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