Nine Arch Bridge At Ella

Sri Lanka’s Nine Arch Bridge is an architecturally stunning stone bridge located in the lush hill country of Ella.
Here’s everything you need to know for your visit.

If there’s a more beautiful scene than Sri Lanka’s Nine Arch Bridge, we’re definitely yet to witness it for ourselves.

Flanked by thick jungle and tea plantations; this stone bridge stands proudly across a lush green gorge in the hill country just outside Ella.

Calling it picturesque would almost be a disservice, particularly on a misty day when cloud hangs low in the valley, and the famous blue train passes slowly over the bridge, creating a moody, mystical, captivating scene.

We’re still not quite sure how it happened, but no matter which path we tried to take, we just never seemed to get any closer to our goal.

To help you have the best time ever (and avoid the mistakes we made), we’ve put together this guide to absolutely everything you need to know about visiting the Nine Arch Bridge. Enjoy!

YOUR ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THE NINE ARCH BRIDGE, SRI LANKA

ABOUT THE NINE ARCH BRIDGE, ELLA

In fact, the story goes that not long after the bridge had been commissioned by the British, WWI broke out between Europe’s Empires.

When the steel allocated to this bridge was redirected to Britain’s war efforts, a team of Sri Lankan engineers and builders completed the job in 1921 using blocks of stone and cement.

To this day, the 91m long, 24m high bridge has stood entirely without steel support, and we think it’s a pretty damn good example of human ingenuity!

Today, the bridge is famous amongst travelers and locals alike, who come to catch a glimpse of the famous blue train slowly inching its way across the bridge.

One of the things we love best about that moment is just how jovial it all is; those on the train smile and wave, and those on the ground often cheer with excitement. It’s impossible not to be swept up in the atmosphere of it all!

HOW TO GET TO THE NINE ARCH BRIDGE

There are a few ways to get to Nine Arch Bridge from Ella, and each depends on your budget, mobility, and time:

Tuk tuk from Ella Town

 You can take a tuk tuk from Ella town most of the way to the bridge (then hike the remaining 5-10 minutes on foot), which was the quickest and easiest option and the way we took back from the falls. Tuk tuks cost about LKR 2-300 for this.

On foot

You can also walk to Nine Arch Bridge by following the Ella-Passara Road, turning left at Sri Kanaser Temple (where all the street food stalls are) and following the signs past multiple guesthouses until you arrive at the bridge.

Tuk tuk down to the bridge |

There is the option to catch a tuk tuk right down to the bridge itself (rather than walk the remainder), however we heard rumours during our time there that a few unscrupulous drivers have been scamming tourists by taking them on a long-winded journey then charging them extra.

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