Nine Arch Bridge, Demodara

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Nine Arch Bridge
Nine arch bridge
Nine Arch Bridge in Demodara
Coordinates6°52′36″N 81°03′42″E / 6.876709°N 81.061622°E / 6.876709; 81.061622Coordinates: 6°52′36″N 81°03′42″E / 6.876709°N 81.061622°E / 6.876709; 81.061622
MaterialStones, bricks and cement
Total length300 ft (91.44m)[1]
Width25 ft (7.62m)
Height80 ft (24.38m)
No. of spans9
Construction end1921[2]

The Nine Arch Bridge (Sinhala: ආරුක්කු නමයේ පාලම,) also called the Bridge in the Sky,[3] is a viaduct bridge in Sri Lanka. It is one of the best examples of colonial-era railway construction in the country.[4] The construction of the bridge is generally attributed to a local Ceylonese builder, P. K. Appuhami, in consultation with British engineers.[5][6] The chief designer and project manager of the 'upcountry railway line of Ceylon' project was D. J. Wimalasurendra, a distinguished Ceylonese engineer and inventor. The designer of the viaduct was Harold Cuthbert Marwood of Railway Construction Department of Ceylon Government Railway. The 1923 report titled "Construction of a Concrete Railway Viaduct in Ceylon" published by the Engineering Association of Ceylon has details of all the records including the plans and drawings. [7]

It is located in Demodara, between Ella and Demodara railway stations. The surrounding area has seen a steady increase of tourism due to the bridge's architectural ingenuity and the profuse greenery in the nearby hillsides.[4]

Popular rumours suggest that when construction work commenced on the bridge, the Great War began between the empires of Europe and the steel assigned for this site was reallocated to Britain's War related projects at the battlefront. As a result, the work came to a standstill, leading the locals to build the bridge with stone bricks and cement, but without steel.[6][5]

Nine Arches Bridge, Sri Lanka in 2017.


  1. ^ "DEMODARA NINE ARCH BRIDGE". Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Demodara 9 Arch Bridge". Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Demodara Nine Arch Bridge". Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Tourists at Nine Arch Bridge". Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  5. ^ a b Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, Amazing Lanka
  6. ^ a b Nine Arch Bridge, Lakpura
  7. ^ IESL Construction report for the viaduct

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