Nine Arches Bridge

Last Updated On December 29, 2021

Who would've thought, a bridge built in 1921, just outside of Ella, would one day single-handedly be responsible to attract travelers to Sri Lankan hill country.

The Nine Arch Bridge is hidden in a dense jungle that is formed by forest and tea fields. Early morning visits often bring mist which creates a moody but mystical vibe.

Try to plan your visit around 8 am, this gives you space to walk around and look at the bridge from various viewpoints without a huge crowd being around. 

Nine Arches Bridge in Ella

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An interesting story revolves around the construction of this bridge. Soon after this bridge was constructed by the British, the first world war broke out. Thus, the steel used in the development of the bridge was used in the weapons for the war. But, a Sri Lankan named Appuhami took it upon himself to complete the construction. This builder meticulously worked on the development, with the available material and finances, and before the deadline. The bridge was built of stone and cement and has stood tall till date, which is an architectural wonder. Photographers from all over the world consider the Nine Arches Bridge the perfect spot for photography.

The nine arches bridge can be accessed from the Ella station and is a short trek along the railway tracks to the bridge. Make sure to take note the train timings (mentioned below) to experience the bridge during that time. 

Nine Arches Bridge in Ella

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How to get to the Nine Arch Bridge

The Nine Arch Bridge is located just outside of Ella in a town named Demodara at a distance of 2.8 km from Ella station. Visitors can hire a tuk-tuk from the station, at fare ranging between 200 to 300 LKR. Another option is to walk from the station to the bridge, which is a 20-30 minute walk and offers pleasant views. 

A 15-minute hike through the jungle will take you along several satisfying viewpoints before reaching the famous bridge. In my honest opinion, this is the most adventurous, authentic and pleasing way to experience your visit. If a small hike through nature isn’t for you, a 200 - 300 LKR ($1 - $1.5) tuk-tuk ride can bring you straight to the beginning of the Nine Arch Bridge.

How to get to the Nine Arch Bridge

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Train Timings for Nine Arches Bridge

With trains passing the Nine Arch Bridge at the following times: 9:30, 11:30, 15:30, 16:30, and 17:30, an early morning visit is perfectly right to watch a train gently follow the track along the bridge. Keep in mind that train times in Sri Lanka are unpredictable and trains often pass the bridge later than planned.

Train Timings for Nine Arches Bridge

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Best Time to Visit Nine Arches Bridge

The northern end of the bridge is perfect for sunrise, while the southern end is for sunset. Both these times are equally gorgeous and make for ideal photographic moments. Another opportunistic time to visit the bridge is when the train is passing by. Tourists often check the train timings and visit the bridge accordingly.

Best Time to Visit Nine Arches Bridge

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