When we are talking about Nine Arch Bridge, it situated between Ella & Demodara Railway Station. Train tours to Ella Sri Lanka is one of the best train tours in the world. It’s such an amazing experience for train lovers. In Sri Lanka, there are lot of railways. Among those railway tours, the hill country tour gets most popular. When you are going by train, you can see natural beauty in advance. Because in Sri Lanka lot of railways have created through a beautiful environment apart from main cities. So, you can enjoy & entertain the beauty of the country during your train tour. Specially it will be less tired than bus tours.
In the train, you can book your tickets in advance, or you can buy from the railway station. If you are purchasing a 1st class ticket, there is a comfortable AC seat for you. It will be more costly than other class tickets. If you buy 02nd class or 03rd class ticket, you will get a normal seat. But I believe it’s better than 1st class seat because you can directly engage with the natural environment during your tour. It will be a good experience than a 1st class reservation.
The nine arch bridge is a most highlighted place in Ella Sri Lanka. It is one of the glorious engineering marvels in the 20th century in Sri Lanka. This bridge has nine giant arches. That’s why it named as the Nine Arch Bridge. This bridge almost 100 years old. These nine arch bridges have been made with stones & cement without concrete or any strengthening tools. These arches take the bridge as a curved path and its link to the mountain. These nine arch bridges were commissioned in 1921 under the British government. There is no hard route to access the Nine Arch Bridge. You should some rail walks from Ella town.
There is a hidden story about nine arch bridge.
When starting the building of this bridge, the engineer has the plan to build an iron bridge with to crowbars. He finalized the bridge, but it not suited for space; the made bridge was not able to finish successfully. Then the engineer has disappointed, and he planned to suicide also. But at that time, there was a person in Ella Area named as “Appu Hami” was given an idea to build the bridge. He made the bridge with solid stone bricks and cement with big nine arches. The height of the bridge is 300 ft. Appu Hami is a farmer. He never went to school, or he is not an educated person. But he is the person who gave this valuable idea to build this Nine Arch Bridge.
Before you visit the nine-arch bridge, it is better to go through the train schedule. Because the train passing time is the best time to visit the bridge, but you should careful when standing on sides of the bridge when train passing time. Anyway, first you should think about your safety.