Nine Arches Bridge
This is perhaps the most iconic structure in Ella and definitely the most instagrammed one! The Nine Arches Bridge, fondly referred to as the Bridge in the Sky, is a viaduct bridge that was constructed in 1921 and is the perfect example of colonial infrastructure in Sri Lanka. For many years the bridge merely existed between Ella and Demodara, until it was suddenly transformed into the most popular tourist attraction in Ella.
How to Get There
You can reach the bridge by walking downhill through quiet villages and its curious residents as you swerve through tea bushes (highly recommended if you have a thirst for adventure!), or you can take a tuk-tuk ride from town instead.
It would be a grave disservice to say this bridge is beautiful; the magnificent stone bridge stands tall in between a valley and is flanked by thick jungle on one end and trimmed tea bushes on the other end. You can either walk along the train tracks- don’t worry, there is a guard to warn you about oncoming trains- or you can walk amongst the tea plants under the bridge– either way it will be a great excursion.
One of the most favourite experience for travellers at the bridge, is waiting for the iconic train to trudge past! At this point, clear the tracks and watch in awe as its passengers gleefully wave back at you.