This is a Railway Bridge (Viaduct) located at Gotuwala between Ella and Demodara Railway Stations on Colombo – Badulla, (Upcountry) Railway Line. This is attracted by both foreign and local tourists not only due to its specialty of the structural form of the bridge but also due to the natural beauty of the area and the geographical condition of the location.
This bridge has been constructed by the Britishers during the First World War 1 and commissioned in the year 1921. There are many folktales behind this construction of the bridge. In Sinhala Language this bridge is known as “දෙමෝදර අහස් පාලම” which means Sky Bridge at Demodara because when one looks at this bridge from the bottom of the bridge, it looks like that the bridge is constructed in the sky due to its orientation and the height.
This bridge consisted of nine arches with the total length of the bridge being 300 feet and the height 80 feet. The specialty of this construction is that the bridge has been constructed with only stones, brick and cement; and no steel reinforcement bars had been used.
Nine Arch Bridge at different angles
One reason for the tourist attraction is the architectural form of the bridge. The bridge has been constructed connecting two mountains as a curved bridge.
At the same time, at the one end of the bridge, there is a railway tunnel. So when the train is traveling towards Badulla, the train suddenly appears from the tunnel before it travels over the bridge. In the other way, when the train travels in the opposite direction, it sees that the train passes over the Nine Arch Bridge and it suddenly disappears through the tunnel .
Also, this area is covered with the greenery forest surrounded by the mountains in all direction. When all these things are taken together, when a train traveling over the bridge, they altogether create a very beautiful and marvelous scenery. Because of that, when tourists visit this site; they, in advance, arrange the visit considering the Train Time Table or otherwise, they spend many hours there until a train passes over this location.
COLOMBO FORT to DEMODARA – Train (Railway) schedule
This is the tallest light house in Sri Lanka and it is currently used for navigational purposes, specially to guide the direction for the sea vessels. This light house has been designed and constructed by William Douglass of the Imperial Lighthouse Service in 1889. Dondra Head Light House is octagonal in shape, constructed with bricks and painted in white. This is located at the south most point of Sri Lanka called Point Dondra and it is at a distance of about 6km from Matara, the main city of the Southern Province, Sri Lanka. The name Dondra is “Devi-Nuwara” in Sinhala meaning “City of Gods”.
Several Views of Dondra Head Light House
Height of this light house is 160ft and tourist can climb up this under the permission of Sri Lanka Port Authority who manages and operates the light house currently. But, time to time, this had been closed for tourists due to security reasons.
This is a tourist attractive location in Sri Lanka and also there is a beautiful sea around the location.
At this location, also, there is a special survey monument, a “Fundamental Bench Mark” constructed by the Department of Surveys, Sri Lanka which establishes the height above Mean Sea Level (MSL) precisely.
This water fall is located in the Uva-Paranagama Divisional Secretary Area and in the Badulla District. It is close to the Nuwaraeliya and Badulla District Boundaries. One who wish to visit Bomburu Ella can reach either from Nuwaraeliya or Welimada Towns. For reaching the location from Nuwaraeliya, one has to travel on Nuwaraeliya – Welimada Road (A5 Main Highway) and turn right at Galahagama Junction and continue on Rendapola – Galahagama – Ambagasdowa Road; and then up to Bomburuella village (Total distance about 14km). beyond this location one needs to travel about 4km up to the last point of the water fall. This waterfall is also called as Perawella Falls (Location – Perawella – Coordinates 6°56′51″N 80°49′51″E)