Nine Arch Bridge in Ella Sri Lanka – Complete Guide 2024

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The Nine Arch Bridge is unquestionably one of the best things to do in Ella, and even in Sri Lanka.

The combination of the impressive architecture, a 91-meter-long and 30-meter-high bridge made of stones featuring nine arches, and the picturesque surroundings of green tea plantations and dense jungle makes it a breathtaking sight.

In this guide, we will share everything you need to know about the Nine Arch Bridge in Sri Lanka.

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Where is the Nine Arch Bridge located?

The Nine Arch Bridge is located near Ella, a picturesque town in the hill country of Sri Lanka, on the railway between Ella and Demodara stations. It is within walking distance from Ella Railway Station.

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Best Time to Visit Nine Arch Bridge

Niki at Nine Arches Bridge
Nine Arches Nature

Sri Lanka has two distinct monsoon seasons: the southwest and the northeast monsoon, affecting different regions of the country.

The best time to visit the Nine Arch Bridge in Ella is during the dry season in Southwest Sri Lanka from December to March. Pleasant weather can also be found during the shoulder seasons in April to May and October to November, with fewer crowds.

The morning and afternoon are always the best times for capturing beautiful light in photographs. However, the early morning has significantly fewer people compared to the afternoon.

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Train Times at the Nine Arch Bridge

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There are six trains a day running between Ella and Demodara, passing by the Nine Arch Bridge. Unfortunately, the times change frequently. To get updated information about train times, we recommend asking your accommodation or the train station in Ella one day before.

Trains in Sri Lanka are often late, so don’t be surprised if you have to wait longer than expected. Enjoy the scenery, and if needed, there are small stands with snacks and drinks.

When we visited, there were two trains scheduled in the early morning in a short time period, giving us an additional reason to visit in the morning.

How to get to the Nine Arch Bridge?

Sri Lanka Track to Nine Arches
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There are different options to reach the Nine Arch Bridge. Our favorite one is to head towards the Ella Railway Station and then follow the railway tracks towards Demodara until you reach a tunnel. After passing through it, you will arrive at the Nine Arch Bridge. Locals often walk on railway tracks as it is the most direct way between villages.

For walking, there are two points where you can start: one at Nine arch bridge car parking and one at Nine Arches Bridge Path. Both require you to first take a tuk-tuk from Ella town. Negotiate the fare before starting your journey; it should be 100-150 LKR per kilometer.

The easiest and most comfortable way to get to the Nine Arch Bridge is by a tuk-tuk ride from Ella to this parking area.

Our Nine Arch Bridge Experience

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Timo at Nine Arches Bridge

We recommend visiting the Nine Arch Bridge in the early morning before the first trains pass. It’s the best time for morning light and fewer people.

We had the best views from the side of the bridge, where we could see all of the arches. We found it to be a beautiful place for both photography and videography. Another highlight was definitely taking a walk on the bridge itself.

Nine Arch Bridge History

The Nine Arch Bridge in Ella, Sri Lanka, is a historic railway bridge built during the British colonial period in the early 20th century. With its distinctive nine arches made of bricks and stones, the bridge stands as a remarkable example of traditional engineering

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Best Hotels in Ella

We recommend staying in Ella Town, which is accessible by public transportation, and visiting Nine Arch Bridge from there. Alternatively, you may choose to stay near the Nine Arch Bridge with a fantastic view.

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Where to Go After Nine Arch Bridge?

Top of Little Adam's Peak

After visiting the Nine Arch Bridge, we recommend exploring more of the best things to do in Ella, such as Little Adam’s Peak and Diyaluma Falls.

Conclusion

The Nine Arch Bridge, with its architecture and natural surroundings, can’t be missed when in Ella. It’s the perfect addition to the most beautiful train ride in the world from Kandy to Ella.

Feel free to share your questions and experiences with us!

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