Nine Arches Bridge, Ella, Sri Lanka


What can you expect:

The Nine Arch Bridge also called the Bridge in the Sky, is a viaduct bridge in Sri Lanka. It is one of the best examples of colonial-era railway construction in the country.

The Nine Arch Bridge, also known as the ‘Bridge in the Sky’ is 300 ft (91.44m) and was constructed by connecting two big mountains.

Photographer: Genine Alyssa

It is located in Demodara, between Ella and Demodara railway stations. The surrounding area has seen a steady increase of tourism due to the bridge’s architectural ingenuity and the profuse greenery in the nearby hillsides.

It was first envisaged by the British shortly before the outbreak of World War 1, but when the war came all the steel was needed for the military effort. By the time, the bridge was completed in 1921, it had been completed entirely in stone and cement, a remarkable feat of engineering by largely Sri Lankan engineers.

Photographer: AdamHillTravel


The Nine Arch Bridge is a public bridge so there are no entrance fees or gates.

Opening hours:

As the bridge is an active train line it is accessible at all times. There are no fixed opening hours for the Nine Arches Bridge. But, trains pass over the bridge at the following time:

In the morning:
9:30 am
11:30 am

In the afternoon:
3:30 pm
4:30 pm

These scheduled times are very rough, and a lot of the time the train can be late.

The location:

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