Nine-Arch Bridge in Ella; Everything You Need to Know

Nine-Arch Bridge in Ella; Everything You Need to Know

Nine-Arch Bridge in Ella; Everything You Need to Know

One of the highlights in the mountain village Ella is the 30-meter high Demodara Nine Arch Bridge. With a small 30-minute walk through the jungle, you will reach a piece of beautiful architecture that is hidden between lush green tea fields. It is allowed to walk on the bridge and it’s one of the things you must do in Sri Lanka.

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The stone train bridge, built by the British, with its nine beautiful arches, is located between Ella and Demodara station. The train ride in the highlands with the Kandy to Ella train is named as one of the most beautiful train rides in the world.
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How to get to the Nine Arch Bridge

You have multiple options and ways to reach the train bridge. Follow the road towards Little Adam’s Peak and turn left at the small colored temple. Follow Lake Front Cottage on Google Maps.

For a more quiet walk in between the jungle, turn left into the jungle at the parking spots after Art Cafe Umbrella. From here, you have to follow the path for about 10 minutes which gives you a unique view over the bridge. We highly recommend this path.

The quickest way is to walk along the track from Ella town until you reach a tunnel. After passing the tunnel, you immediately reach the Nine Arch Bridge.

The easiest way to get to the Nine Arch Bridge is by a 300 LKR (2 USD) tuk-tuk ride from Ella. To save time, ask them to drop you off near the tunnel and walk to the bridge the last piece.

Tip: Agree on a price on forehand since some drivers like to do a little detour.

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This drone photo is taken during our first visit to Sri Lanka. Please note that drones in Sri Lanka are officially not allowed anymore.

Train times at the Nine Arch Bridge

Trains pass the bridge about 6 times a day. The exact times change all the time in Sri Lanka but there should be one every hour. Don’t worry that you have to wait that long. It’s a great place to photograph and there are small cafes where you can buy drinks and food. We recommend you to get there in the morning, around 9 AM.
Do ask your guesthouse or hotel about the current train times.

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Best time to visit the Nine Arch Bridge

Sunrise is the best time to visit the Bridge. The light is stunning and you avoid the crowds. By 10 AM, it is getting more busy with tourists since it is the start of their day trip tour.

Staying at Nine Arch Bridge in Ella

Over the last few years, more and more guesthouses have been opened or are still being built. It’s a little bit out of Ella town, so you need transportation to go to the popular restaurants. Nevertheless, waking up with a view of the Nine Arch Bridge is, without a doubt, a fantastic experience. These are the recommended hotels near the Nine Arch Bridge.

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  • The photos look stunning.
    We are planning to visit the bridge, however I am 5 months pregnant. What do you suggest is the best way to reach? We will have a car to yourself.

    • Salt in our Hair

      There is a relatively easy walking path but I can’t put myself in your shoes and feelings right now so another option would be to walk via the train track through the tunnel. The train arrive at set times so it can be done safely. Locals will help you out, no worries :-)

  • Hi! Your trip photos are great inspiration!! We will be stopping by Ella but not planning on spending the night. I would still love to see the nine arch bridge though. What do you recommend as we will have luggage with us?

    • Salt in our Hair

      Hi Jacqui. That’s a tricky one! It might be best to hire a driver from a trusted site to take you up to nine arch bridge and to some other areas. That way you can safely leave your luggage in the car. Enjoy Ella!❤️

  • Hey , I’d like to know how long does it take to reach nine arch bridge ?
    Thank you :)

  • Avram Alina Andreea

    Hello! Could you please give me more details around drones and if is possible to receive permission to use them in Sri Lanka?

    • saltinourhair

      Hi! It’s officially not allowed. Our drones photos are 3 years old when the rules weren’t there yet.

  • Madhur Ramani

    Thank you, all your Sri Lanka tips have been super helpful :)

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