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.
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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 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 Nine Arch Bridge Ella 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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On top of the Nine Arch Bridge Ella
BEST TIME TO VISIT NINE ARCH BRIDGE ELLA
If you want to get some great shots of the Ella Nine Arch 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 Ella 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 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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The train passing over the Nine Arch Bridge Sri Lanka
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 experience 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 IN ELLA
Ella has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Ella to fit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travellers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: 98 Acres Resort & Spa
Live like a celebrity in the best 5-star resort 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 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 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 in Ella is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals in Ella.
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I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions about Nine Arch Bridge Ella please leave me a comment below!