The Nine Arch Bridge, also known as The Bridge In The Sky, is a man-made masterpiece, ideally located in the ‘hill country’ of Ella, Sri Lanka.
Over the past couple of years, Ella has become a tourist hotspot due to its profuse green scenery, hiking trails, epic waterfalls, historical caves and the Nine Arch Bridge! I originally intended to stay in Ella for 2 days but I ended up staying 4 days. Believe me, once you arrive you won’t want to leave. This cute hillside village has a very peaceful and welcoming vibe about it. Click Here to see my latest post on where to find the best waterfall in Ella.
HOW TO GET TO THE NINE ARCH BRIDGE
The Bridge In The Sky is very close to the town of Ella. To walk there from the main street it will take you about 30 minutes or you can take a tuk-tuk directly to the bridge. I recommend hiking down to the bridge as you will pass through some tea plantations and it is more of an adventure rather than sitting in the back of a tuk-tuk.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT
If you want to get some great shots of the bridge and jungle surroundings, be sure to get up nice an early for a sunrise exploration. Chances are, you will be the only person around at this time… and walking along the tracks and across the bridge is an unforgettable experience in itself.
If you have the time to visit the Nine Arch Bridge more than once, definitely get back down there for when a train is scheduled to pass over the bridge. I was there around 10:30am and the train came through at 11am. It is a lot busier at this time but you can still manage to get some great photos.
Again, if you are looking for something to do one afternoon in Ella, head down to the bridge a little before sunset to experience those soothing warm colours lighting up the bridge and tea plantations in the valley below.
Once you have had your fun exploring on top of the Nine Arch Bridge, hike down the dirt track that leads underneath the bridge and in to the tea plantation below. The dirt track is located on the side opposite to where the tunnel is.
I promise that you will get an amazing perspective of how tall and magnificent this bridge actually is when you are standing under one of the 9 arches. If you carefully walk through the tea plantation you can also get some great angles of the bridge from here.
In the history books, it is said that when construction work commenced on the bridge, World War I began between the empires of Europe and the steel assigned for the bridge was reallocated to Britain’s War related projects. As a result, the work came to a standstill, leading the locals to build the bridge with the only materials at hand being stone bricks and cement, but without steel. Human ingenuity I might add! Understanding the rich history behind this monument definitely made me appreciate the experience more… this is always something to keep in mind while travelling!
If you are planning a trip to Sri Lanka and want to create an itinerary before you arrive, be sure to check out my latest post- 2 Week Sri Lanka Itinerary. There is something here for everyone and I have no doubts that you will fall in love with this culturally rich country!
I really hope you enjoy your visit to the Nine Arch Bridge in Ella as much as I did. Please leave me a comment below if you found this article helpful!