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Nine Arches Bridge, Demodara

The Nine Arches Bridge (Sinhalese: අහස් නමයේ ආරුක්කු පාලම, also called The Bridge in the sky)[3] is a bridge in Sri Lanka. It is one of the best examples of British railway constructions when Ceylon was a colony of the British Empire.[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.[7]

Nine Arches Bridge
Nine arches bridge
Nine arches bridge in Demodara
Coordinates 6°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
Material Stones, bricks and cement
Total length 300 ft (91.44m)[1]
Width 25 ft (7.62m)
Height 80 ft (24.38m)
No. of spans 9
Construction end 1921[2]

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] It is often likened to the countryside through which the fictional Hogwarts express passes through in the Harry Potter world.[citation needed]

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 build the bridge with stone bricks and cement, but without steel.[6][5]


  1. ^ "DEMODARA NINE ARCH BRIDGE". Retrieved 2018-01-24. 
  2. ^ "Demodara 9 Arch Bridge". Retrieved 2018-01-24. 
  3. ^ "Demodara Nine Arch Bridge". Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Tourists at Nine Arches Bridge". Retrieved 2018-01-24. 
  5. ^ a b Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, Amazing Lanka
  6. ^ a b Nine Arch Bridge, Lakpura
  7. ^ 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.[1] IESL Construction report for the viaduct

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