Nine Arches Bridge
Nine Arches Bridge
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  • Kevin T
    Auckland, New Zealand1,214 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 14, 2023
  • James c
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma381 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Traveled solo
    Written July 6, 2023
  • Neil S
    Ludlow, United Kingdom156 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 8, 2023
  • xxanty
    434 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 10, 2023
  • Yeoubi Hiriketiya
    Nilwella, Sri Lanka5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Traveled with family
    Written October 1, 2023
  • Raymond H
    West Wickham, United Kingdom232 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 5, 2023
  • Seline N
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Final destinations in Sri Lanka a country of beauty and tranquillity.
    Missed the train within seconds while climbing up. The road to Seven Arches is really bad soil and stones. There's a breakfast area located near the train tracks. Plenty of tuk tuk to hire your way back. My tuk tuk dropped and waited. Everything's extremely expensive this year. Yup, you heard me right 3 to 4 times more expensive than last year. The structure of bridge and track are just awesome it's been there for more than 100 years and still going strong. The arches of the bridge are incredibly created by Sri Lankan architectural engineers. A beautiful scenery covers the whole area, and the weather is cold and relaxing. Minus getting here, it's beautiful, and there is no entry fee. Walking on the railway tracks gives goosebumps. Happy Holidays.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 28, 2023
  • HR
    New Delhi, India391 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Train on the Hills
    The bridge of nine arches reminds one of the colonial style of construction. The train chugging amidst the lush green hills makes it is a worthwhile sight. While there are Tuk Tuks which take you there, the walk (if one chooses so) is about half a kilometer of a hilly path.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 1, 2023
  • jeff1955malaysia
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia6,162 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Scenic Bridge
    The Scenic Nine Arch Bridge is between Ella and Demodara station at Gotuwala. The unique part is that this bridge it is built entirely from rocks, bricks, and cement without any use of steel or metals throughout the structure. Very picturesque spot.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 16, 2023
  • Matthew P
    Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom784 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Railway Bridge Over a Tropical Gorge
    Interesting structure in the middle of nowhere that appears to have somehow attained some kind of "Cult" status. That said it's a fantastic looking structure a short 20 minute walk from the nearest bus / Tuk Tuk stop although most Tuk Tuk drivers will happily go the extra mile down a dirt track that connects almost directly with the bridge. Unless you aren't able to manage the walk, I suggest you go for it as it's really easy, not steep or slippery, and the feeling of satisfaction is worth every step. Look out for the bee's nests under a couple of the arches, really quite large and amazing to behold.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 21, 2023
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Panduka J
Nugegoda, Sri Lanka588 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Reaching the area is challenging but absolutely worth the experience. We hired two 'Tuks' after parking our vehicle in a private car park nearby. The old bridge is a masterpiece of construction, which continues to serve several important trains plying the scenic main railway line between Colombo and Badulla.

A word of caution to those visiting the bridge. Several wasp hives are located under the arches and particularly the younger generation tends to be loud when visiting the area. this can be very dangerous as it is an open area without any protection to take cover in case of an attack. Please exercise due caution.
Written September 17, 2020
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r4m
Mottram St. Andrew, UK254 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This bridge is a masterpiece of the Victorian era - a beautiful piece of engineering in a deep green valley. It forms part the the Badulla branch of what must be one of the most characterful railways in the world.
Unfortunately it has risen to fame by social media and, as a visitor attraction, is now a circus.
At any time of day there are loads of people there ( I am ashamed to say I have added to the crowd by visiting).
Rough paths lead to it from all directions and areas have been worn away at each end.
If you're going to try to get "the picture" forget it - there will always be people there in the way.
To see something of the charm of the railway you could try going to the unique Demodara station which is up the line
Written March 1, 2020
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Thiranya
Colombo, Sri Lanka9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
As others said it’s a nice experience. For hikers and adventures people I recommend going through Ella. For people who just want to enjoy the view or unable to climb/walk recommend going through Badulla side or go to Ella railway station and walk to the site. Better carry some water as there are very few shops along the way.
Written January 8, 2020
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Stephanie C
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
We walked along the tracks from Tea Cabins, where we were staying. The tracks were empty and silent, but as we approached the bridge there were a lot of people. We sat with a coconut waiting for the train to cross at approx 1130-12pm. Hearing it in the distance then seeing it cross the bridge was well worth the trip
Written January 9, 2020
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Azmath Jahn
Colombo, Sri Lanka11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
My first visit to Nine Arch Bridge was way back in 1988 as a teenager and i've been there many times over since then. I suggest any visitor should read up on its history a bit before a visit there as you could appreciate the place better knowing how it came to be. Take a locomotive train ride from Ella station to Uduwara or Badulla (the end of the up country track) passing the Demodara Loop. Demodara is supposedly the only station in the world that sits right on top of the tunnel the train passes. Of course the scenery you enjoy during the ride is simple awesome. You would possibly not get what Ella and the surroundings have to offer - within such a close proximity - any place else
Written January 17, 2020
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Milind Shah
Ahmedabad, India1,783 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
One of the most visited places in Ella, the nine arc bridge is very Picturesque and surely the best attraction to visit. The place is accessible from various locations and all of it offer a great view of the bridge. The place requires some hiking. We went on to walk a mile or so before we came across a viewing point that offered this lovely view of the bridge. Be prepared to face a bunch of tourists trying various poses on the railway track.
Written January 13, 2020
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Merryn
Essendon, Australia127 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We walked along the "most direct" walking trail to the bridge and arrived at 5:30 pm...hoping to see the 5:30 train come through. No train by 6:10 pm so we walked back out. In the meantime, we took heaps of lovely photos, walked on the train tracks and enjoyed the people watching.....local and not so local. One gentleman calmly walked his 2 cows over the bridge amidst all the tourists!
Written March 15, 2020
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Julie W
Chester, UK190 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
To round off our train adventure starting off at The Fort, Colombo stopping off at Kandy and Ella, We took a trip to the nine arch bridge organised by our homestay owner.

Instead of dropping us at the main start point near the Flower Garden Hotel, our tuk tuk driver took us further round and down some lanes and dropped us off at the top of some safe concrete steps which led down to the railway track. We followed the track for about 100metres to the bridge.

This saved us a lot of time as the zigzag route down through the woods was very busy.

I got some brilliant pictures of my train mad hubby. We were pleased however that we had already completed our train journey before we got a close look at the tracks!
Written January 28, 2020
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George Andreou
London, UK83 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
You can start from Ella station if you don't mind walking along the tracks for about 30 minutes, or walk from Pessara road and look for the sign on the left that says 'quickest route to Nine Arch Bridge', or similar. I preferred this forest route to stepping on railway sleepers. I was surprised to see hundreds of people there, though I shouldn't have been. I'd recommend timing your visit to coincide with a train (see photo for timetable) though the train I saw was half an hour late. Ideally go early morning when it will be less busy and not so hot while you're waiting for the train. If you just want to get your selfie, as most people do, then it's fine to go any time. If you're there in the middle of the day just find some shade and sip on a king coconut juice.
Written January 26, 2023
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Khushbu Mehta
Bengaluru, India2,970 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
Just as u get down from Little Adams Peak n reach d road,ull find a sign for Nine Arches Bridge. A half hour walk through narrow paths in d woods will lead u to d view point of d bridge. We reached here by 11.45 am n watched d train pass at 11.50. It was amazing. After that walk down to the track/tunnel area. There’s a small cafe. Have some tea,loiter around d track till d next train arrives. Lucky for us d next one was just an hour away. This time we watched it up close. U get some really amazing captures here. I would suggest dont miss it. Im attaching d train timetable for ur information. I absolutely loved this experience.
Written February 24, 2020
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