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Gotuwala Nine Arch Viaduct

  Province Uva
  District Badulla
  Nearest Town Ella
  Area -
  Period British Period
  Ruler -
  Introduction

This is the biggest viaduct built in Sri Lanka, located between Ella and Demodara railway station during the British Colonial period. This 99.6ft. High bridge is called Ahas namaya palama in sinhala. When one stands underneath it and looks up there is a beautiful sight of 'nine skies' through the nine arches, hence the Sinhala name. One end of this curved nine arch bridge is a tunnel, in one of pictures the tunnel is visible.

There is a popular story to say that when construction work was commenced on the bridge, the World War 1 broke-out and the steel consignment assigned for this site was seized and was used for war related projects. When the work came to a standstill the locals came forward and build the bridge with solid stone bricks and cement with out steel. This massive bridge was built entirely of solid rocks, bricks and cement without using a single piece of steel. The bridge was finally commissioned in 1921.

Gotuwala viaduct is Located almost 3100 feet above the sea level.