Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, Ella

4.5
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. With our world travel planner, Ella attractions like Demodara Nine Arch Bridge can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
Create an itinerary including Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
map
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
1,153 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • October 4, 2017
    Lovely easy walk along the railway line from Ella. Arrive at the bridge a little after 10.30 to watch the train come across. .  more »
  • September 29, 2017
    We went here after walking up Little Adam's Peak, We were lucky that a train crossed the bridge while there to make it a good spectacle. Some good photo's. Bit of a goat track to walk down but this is...  more »
  • September 27, 2017
    We had to ask around to figure out how to find the bridge. Doing so meant going to the Ella Train station, going right on the train tracks and walking for about 1 hour. Once that was done, lovely view...  more »
Google
  • June 17, 2017
    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
  • July 6, 2017
    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.
  • July 6, 2017
    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.
  • July 4, 2017
    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.
  • February 23, 2017
    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!

Plan your trip to Ella

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

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.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Ella by other users

3 days in Ella BY A USER FROM LITHUANIA October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM KUWAIT October, teens, kids, outdoors, wildlife, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: October, teens, kids, outdoors, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 8 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM KUWAIT October, teens, kids, outdoors, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: October, teens, kids, outdoors, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM KUWAIT October, outdoors, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: October, outdoors, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM KUWAIT October, teens, kids, outdoors, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: October, teens, kids, outdoors, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM KUWAIT October, teens, kids, outdoors, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: October, teens, kids, outdoors, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 39 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM SRI LANKA October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM SRI LANKA October, culture, outdoors, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM SRI LANKA December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 19 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS December, culture, outdoors, beaches, wildlife, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 7 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM SRI LANKA December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans