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 in 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 of course, 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 as it has a very peaceful and welcoming vibe about it.
I have put together this complete guide of Nine Arch Bridge including how to get there, the best time to visit and what to expect when you arrive at Nine Arch Bridge Ella.
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HOW TO GET TO THE NINE ARCH BRIDGE
The Nine Arch Bridge is very close to the town of Ella. To walk from the main street of Ella to the Nine Arch Bridge it will take you about 30 minutes, alternatively, you can take a tuk-tuk directly to the Nine Arch Bridge
I recommend hiking down to the Nine Arch Bridge Ella as you will pass through some tea plantations and it’s more of an adventure rather than sitting in the back of a tuk-tuk.
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On top of the Nine Arch Bridge
BEST TIME TO VISIT NINE ARCH BRIDGE
If you want to get some great shots of the Ella Nine Arch Bridge and jungle surroundings, be sure to get up nice and 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 Nine Arch 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 10:30 am and a train came through at 11 am. It’s a lot busier at this time but you can still manage to get some great photos of the Nine Arch Bridge.
Again, if you are looking for something to do one afternoon in Ella, head down to the Nine Arch Bridge a little before sunset to experience those soothing warm colors lighting up the bridge and tea plantations in the valley below.
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Tea plantations at the Nine Arch Bridge
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE NINE ARCH BRIDGE SRI LANKA
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 into 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 the Nine Arch 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.
HISTORY OF THE NINE ARCH BRIDGE
In the history books, it is said that when construction work commenced on the Nine Arch 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 Nine Arch Bridge experience even more… this is always something to keep in mind while traveling!
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Nine Arch Bridge in Ella, Sri Lanka
Underneath the Nine Arch Bridge
WHERE TO STAY NEAR NINE ARCH BRIDGE
Ella has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay near Nine Arch Bridge to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below near Nine Arch Bridge that I personally recommend:
Luxury: 98 Acres Resort & Spa
Live like a celebrity in the best 5-star resort near Nine Arch Bridge in Ella! Surrounded by stunning landscapes, 98 Acres Resort is within walking distance to the Nine Arch Bridge and Little Adam’s Peak. The rooms are luxurious and spacious featuring free wifi, seating area, flat-screen tv, kitchenette, dining area, private bathroom and spectacular mountain views. There is also an outdoor pool for guests to use on the property. Breakfast is included.
Mid Range: Ella’s Edge Resort
This 3-star hotel is surrounded by tropical greenery and it’s one of the most relaxing places to stay near Nine Arch Bridge in Ella. The resort features a restaurant, gardens and mountain views from all the rooms. There are double rooms, triple rooms and family-sized rooms available featuring modern interior, private bathroom, spacious living and free wifi. Perfect for family and friends visiting Ella.
Budget: Little Heaven Homestay
One of the best budget accommodations near Nine Arch Bridge in Ella. Little Heaven Homestay is centrally located and within close proximity to the hot spot attractions in Ella. There are double, triple and quadruple rooms to choose from featuring large beds, private bathrooms, balconies and terraces. They also have a restaurant at the property and wifi is free for guests. Perfect for solo backpackers and friends.
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Another option for accommodation near Nine Arch Bridge is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals in Ella.
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WHAT TO PACK FOR NINE ARCH BRIDGE
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
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MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 year worth of content.
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FINAL THOUGHTS OF NINE ARCH BRIDGE ELLA
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