Ella has risen to become one of Sri Lanka’s most popular tourist destinations, thanks in large part to the spectacular scenery and hikes available in the area, such as Ella Rock and Adam’s Peak. Visitors to Ella can spend up to a week in the town because of the smaller attractions, hidden gems, and laid-back vibes that can be found throughout the town. Between Ella and Demodara stations, there is a bridge with nine arches that is one of the area’s most unique attractions.
In accordance with legend, the bridge was constructed by the locals using such materials when the construction was halted due to a shortage of steel caused by World War I. However, in addition to this history, there is a great deal of folklore surrounding the construction of the bridge.
It was during World War I that construction of this bridge began, and at the time the British government was unable to provide sufficient steel supplies for the project. However, things did not go as smoothly as planned during the railway construction. A quagmire in the valley between two hills prevented them from spanning a large gap between the two hills, and they were forced to abandon their mission. Because of the marshy ground, it was not possible to establish firm anchoring points. When Appuhami learned of this, he immediately requested to take over the bridge project. While he was initially rejected, they eventually agreed to let him in because he had earned their trust through his assistance and friendship. According to legend, Appuhami began construction on the bridge in 1913. He was able to resolve the issue of unstable ground by toppling massive rocks into the surrounding space, resulting in the formation of a firm bed of rocks. He then built the brick columns for the bridge on top of this bed, and he continued with the rest of the bridge’s construction. Construction was therefore put on hold, and a local resident named Mr. P.K. Appuhamy devised a plan to build using only bricks, stones, and cement, which was implemented. Despite receiving approval and support from the British engineers, Appuhami’s construction methods proved to be so intuitive and cost effective that he completed the entire project, which was originally intended to take many years to complete, in a single year and at a fraction of the original cost estimated. The British officials were so taken aback by the fact that the’savages’ had completed such a massive project with such ease that they refused to believe in the project’s structural integrity. As a result of this, when the railway line was used for the first time, Appuhami is said to have given his word to the strength of the structure, saying he would prove it by lying under it. When the track was finished, he followed through on his promise, impressing the officials with his accomplishment.

 

Ella is one of Sri Lanka’s most popular tourist destinations. Between Ella and Demodara stations, there is a bridge with nine arches. The bridge was constructed by locals when the construction was halted due to a shortage of steel caused by World War I. According to legend, Appuhami began construction on the bridge in 1913. He was able to resolve the issue of unstable ground by toppling massive rocks. His methods proved so intuitive and cost effective that he completed the entire project in a year at a fraction of the original cost estimated.

 

The Nine Arch Bridge in Ella is on the Demodara loop and spans 91 meters at a height of 24m. The beautiful nine arches make it a very picturesque spot especially as it is located in a dense jungle and agricultural setting. Behind the railway, a forest is booming and below, tea leaves are being cultivated.Many foreign and domestic tourists gather around and on the bridge in the hour before one of the trains is scheduled to pass over the bridge. Demodara Nine Arches Bridge is the most the popular Sri Lankan railway bridge among photographers. They can get amazing views of this bridge from different angles. Tourists who come to the Badulla/ Bandarawela area, include this nine arch bridge as a must visit attraction

 

The Nine Arch Bridge in Ella is on the Demodara loop and spans 91 meters at a height of 24m. The beautiful nine arches make it a very picturesque spot. Behind the railway, a forest is booming and below, tea leaves are being cultivated.

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