Nine Arches Bridge
Nine Arches Bridge
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  • Aambereen Z
    Dhaka City, Bangladesh7 contributions
    Amazing view!
    A must visit at Nine Arches Bridge. perfect time to visit the place is after 3 pm- 5 30 pm. there is small tea stall where you can sit back and enjoy the view. have a king coconut or try the sri lanka milk tea.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 14 March 2023
  • Lahiru Madusanka
    Katunayake, Sri Lanka91 contributions
    Found The Best View Point of Nine Arches Bridge in Ella
    Nine Arches Bridge in Ella, Sri Lanka, is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to the country. The Nine Arches Bridge is a marvel of engineering, with its nine arches built entirely of bricks and cement without any steel. The train passing through the bridge adds to its charm, making it a perfect spot for photography and sightseeing. The lush green surroundings and the sound of the train passing through the bridge make for a serene and tranquil experience. To get to Nine Arches Bridge from Ella town, you can either take a tuk-tuk or walk. The walk takes around 30-40 minutes and is a great way to enjoy the scenic views of the countryside. Once you arrive, there are several viewpoints from where you can get a great photo of the bridge. The best photo view of Nine Arches Bridge is from the viewpoint located on the road leading to Demodara Station. From this viewpoint, you can see the entire length of the bridge and capture the train passing through it. Another great photo spot is from the bridge itself, but be sure to be careful and follow the safety guidelines when doing so. I recommend visiting Nine Arches Bridge in the late morning or early afternoon when the sun is overhead, providing great lighting for photography. Be sure to carry a water bottle and wear comfortable shoes as the walk to the bridge can be steep in some places. In summary, Nine Arches Bridge in Ella, Sri Lanka, is a beautiful destination that should not be missed when visiting the country. The best photo view of the bridge is from the viewpoint on the road leading to Demodara Station, and it's a great idea to visit in the late morning or early afternoon.
    Visited July 2022
    Written 14 March 2023
  • Yasspac
    Barcelona, Spain222 contributions
    CrossinA Journey Through the Lush Valleys and High Bridges of Sri Lanka's Nine Arch Bridge
    The Nine Arch Bridge is truly a unique and breathtaking experience that is definitely worth witnessing. The bridge itself is a marvel of engineering and design, with its high arches spanning across a lush valley surrounded by verdant trees and tea fields. As you make your way across the bridge, you'll be rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding countryside and the distant mountains, making it an unforgettable sight. One of the best ways to experience the Nine Arch Bridge is by taking a train journey through the hills and valleys of Sri Lanka. The train ride is a wonderful opportunity to sit back, relax, and soak in the scenery as you wind your way through the hills and forests. As the train approaches the bridge, the anticipation builds, and once you're on the bridge, you'll feel like you're walking on air as you take in the magnificent views. Overall, I highly recommend a visit to the Nine Arch Bridge to anyone who appreciates natural beauty, engineering feats, or simply wants to experience something truly unique and unforgettable. It's a must-visit destination that will leave you awestruck and inspired, and it's definitely worth the journey.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 17 March 2023
  • Kamal P
    Byron Bay, Australia3,501 contributions
    A bridge that deserves to be showcased
    Bridges of all types has some uniqueness but Nine Arches bridge is extraordinarily fascinating as it is made with solid blocks and mortar to take all the weight of a heavy train and now hundreds of local and foreign visitors who visit to see this fascinating structure. Since it is just outside a tunnel, it is exciting to see a train appear through the tunnel or go in to it. Structure is architecturally beautiful and made to precision with ample space on the bridge to hangout and watch trains pass by.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 May 2023
  • Kevin T
    Auckland, New Zealand1,117 contributions
    Take the short cut…..
    From what I could understand - you can take a shortcut which is a lengthy descent on foot or you can take a Tuk-tuk which is an 8 km trip around the houses. Either way the bridge is fantastic and we arrived at the same time as a train making its crossing. It’s a tough walk in the heat but worth it. Enjoy…..
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 June 2023
  • James c
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma186 contributions
    Really cool place
    First of all, you have to hike to get here, the start is in the town, right near the bottom of adams peak. You hike through tropical farms, up and down concrete steps, there is a view of the bridge from above with a bench where you can get drinks/snacks. There's also a train schedule posted when the train actually comes. I happened to be there as it was crossing the bridge, got some great photos. Once you come down to the nine arch bridge there are about 100 people there, but not congested(that day). Its a really cool experience, spent about an hr there
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 July 2023
  • Neil S
    Ludlow, United Kingdom155 contributions
    Worth a detour
    Worth the visit. Be prepared for a bit of a walk and big crowds when the train comes. Surprising how rude some people can be though. Tuk tuk to point you walk from approximately 1000Rps RTN. Probably could get it cheaper.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 August 2023
  • xxanty
    419 contributions
    A must-see in that erea
    Very nice bridge full of history with a great view . Be ready for some walk and steps, but it is worth it . You can take nice photos . There is some crowd during the train that passes the bridge , but this bridge is awesome also without the train .
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 September 2023
  • Yeoubi Hiriketiya
    Nilwella, Sri Lanka3 contributions
    nice view
    Ella (Sinhala: ඇල්ල, lit. 'fall'; Tamil: எல்ல) is a small town in the Badulla District of Uva Province, Sri Lanka governed by an Urban Council. It is approximately 200 kilometres (120 mi) east of Colombo and is situated at an elevation of 1,041 metres (3,415 ft) above sea level.[2] The area has a rich bio-diversity, dense with numerous varieties of flora and fauna. Ella is surrounded by hills covered with cloud forests and tea plantations. The town has a cooler climate than surrounding lowlands, due to its elevation. The Ella Gap allows views across the southern plains of Sri Lanka.[3]
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 October 2023
  • Raymond H
    West Wickham, United Kingdom165 contributions
    An architectural gem
    A 10 minute walk down a track through woodland from the road to the trackside to see this spectacular and correctly named nice arches bridge. The bridge is a seriously impressive piece of architecture and engineering. We were fortunate to be there when a late train crossed the bridge. Not sure if more photos are taken by tourists on the train or at trackside! An enjoyable activity
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 October 2023
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Lonely Laowai
37 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
A classic architectural accomplishment, and can be cool if a train comes and stops there, but you could skip it if pressed for time and not be missing much.
Written 20 February 2024
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Katherine Mille
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Jan 2024 • Solo
It’s a bridge. Nice little walk on fairly steep paths to get there. It was crowded and there are vendors. I have seen other more imposing structures but Sri Lanka has to make the most of what it has. It’s picturesque. Find out when a train is passing over. I missed one by 5 minutes and didn’t want to wait for 2 hours.
Written 15 February 2024
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Charlotte E
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Feb 2024 • Friends
As per other reviews I trekked to this bridge and saw a very distressing wasp/bee attack.
Many people were screaming and it was very distressing to watch as thousands of bees swarmed the bridge.
My main concern is that there are known hives under the bridge however it is not well sign posted and very little medical attention in the area should an attack happen. There were people flying drones which I believe precipitated the attack.
The bridge itself Is nice to look at wuth only a short walk from common areas but please take care when visiting with children or have known allergic reaction to bee stings.
Written 15 February 2024
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Alexandra N
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Friends
It’s a pretty bridge and the surroundings look nice BUT there are several wasp or bee nests under the bridge. People with drones (wich is actually not allowed) are alarming the hive wich will lead to a really bad attack. We’ve only watched the bridge from a viewpoint and saw all the people on the bridge panicking, screaming in terror and running away while falling to the ground. It was really distressing. As it is quite far away from medical help people with bad allergies shouldn’t come here or be aware and prepared with medication.
Written 13 February 2024
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Ganga D D
New Delhi, India533 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
It’s a colonial era railway bridge construction and the walk to reach the bridge is very steep but down hill . However your knees would really need to be in excellent condition to come back walking ! We took a tuk tuk ride back but that’s a really long ride and it costed 3000 SLR one way . Beautiful greenery around and try to reach there when the train comes out of the tunnel on to the bridge around 11 am or so . Walk over to the other side so you can see the train coming all the way upto you !
Written 11 February 2024
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blaise c
Margao, India598 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
Not sure what is special about this but everyone visiting it so we went. The start is something if you are not shown you will miss, a non descript opening behind a taxi stand or car park. It is a short trek down to the railway line, if you miss seeing atrain cross while you are there it is then just standing on the track.
Written 5 February 2024
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Lena C
2 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
We go to Nine arch bridge with our fantastic driver Lahiru from Travelnlanka. Don’t miss to visit. It was a fantastic day and experience.
Written 3 February 2024
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CHD6265
Odiham, UK399 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Incredible piece of civil engineering that is worth travelling to and over by train but also separately walking to and viewing from different vantage points. Our tuk tuk driver to took us to an off-piste ‘cafe’ (a lady’s terrace - see pic) with the most incredible view to enjoy with a homemade coconut and lemon juice drink. Awesome
Written 21 January 2024
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Edin Krnic
Tuzi, Montenegro3,118 contributions
Jan 2024 • Solo
This is attraction number one in Ella city and because of this spectacular bridge and train Ella is very popular touristic city in Sri Lanka. Train isn’t always on time and sometimes you should have to wait 2-3 more hours
Written 20 January 2024
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Explore Sri Lanka
Galle, Sri Lanka100 contributions
Feb 2023 • Family
We parked our van in the vehicle park situated on Ella - Passara road and had a walk for nearly 20 minutes to the nine-arch bridge. The walkway was through the jungle. There are several walkways connecting from Eastern and the Western ends of the bridge. Ours was the western end. That means when we were reaching the bridge, that railway tunnel was on our left-hand side.
Written 18 January 2024
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