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Trek to Little Adam's Peak and Nine Arches Bridge (Private Day Trek)
Experience some of Sri Lanka’s best highland scenery on a private half-day Little Adam’s Peak and Nine Arches guided hike from Ella. Climb through tea plantations to the top of Little Adam’s Peak and enjoy the sweeping views over the island’s hill country. Then, cross the Nine Arches rail viaduct to Demodara, where a colonial-era station house presides over a looping track. A relatively easy hike with a stop for breakfast (own expense) on route.
Private Little Adam’s Peak and Nine Arches guided hike from Ella
Walk through tea plantations to the top of Little Adam’s Peak
Soak in the stunning views over the central highlands
Hike through woodland and across the famous Nine Arches rail viaduct
Trek to Demodara station with its British-built station house and see its famous looping track
Stop for breakfast (own expense) at food stalls or a local hotel, or bring your own snacks
Relatively easy-level hike with personalized attention from a private guide
Meet your guide in Ella and set off after an introduction to your hike. Wear a hat and comfortable shoes, and if you wish, bring a packed breakfast.
Start with a round-trip hike up Little Adam’s Peak. This verdant 3,743-foot (1,141-meter) hill is named after the bigger, similarly shaped Adam’s Peak — Sri Lanka’s fifth highest mountain.
Ascend through the emerald tea plantations, and at the top, admire the spectacular, far-reaching views — at their best during morning — over the island's central highlands and tea plantations.
After descending, enjoy your packed breakfast or refreshments (own expense) from the local stalls, or choose to eat (own expense) at the nearby 98 Acres resort.
Next, take an approximately walk through woodlands to the famous Nine Arches Bridge, a British colonial-era viaduct standing 100 feet (30.5 meters) high.
Walk across this rail bridge and uncover its history as you absorb the beautiful surroundings. Then, follow the rail line to Demodara railway station, home to a charming British-built station house.
See how the track loops back through an under-station tunnel here and learn why it was designed this way. Your tour then concludes here when your guide departs.
Little Adam's Peak
Don’t defiance the beautiful tourism site in Sri Lanka, Little Adams Peak whether considering the word ‘Little’,it is named after the sacred Adams Peak (Sri Pada –where the foot print of Lord Buddha is preserved) regarding the similarity between the two mountains. Therefore the mountain was called as Little Adams Peak.
“Punchi Sri Pada” is another name for this peak. It is 1141 m in height. Little Adam’s Peak attracts many travelers who come to Sri Lanka. Gradually with an easy hike up to the mountain of Little Adams Peak you can consummation a worth panoramic view. You have to walk through lush green tea plantations, waterfalls and paddy fields while enjoying the sceneries.
It will be priceless if you could visit the place in the morning when the clouds roll in. Further places like Little Adams Peak deliberates ‘How far Sri Lanka is worth and rich with beautiful natural destinations of Sri Lankan tourism’. It will feel like a neck exercise for the visitors as you have to rotate your body to seek the views outstanding for 360 degrees.
Ella town is a small town among the up county destinations consisted of waterfalls, caves and geographically significant places. One such place is Adams Peak, figured in Pyramid Shape Mountain which stands opposite of the Ella rock. Be aware not to harm the plants, flowers and animals that will meet on your journey up to the mountain.
You could see the people who are plucking and collecting tea leaves, working in their estates. It will take around 35-45 min to reach to the top of the mountain on a zig- zag path. Thus it is an ideal place to watch sun rise in the morning. With prodigious views of as far as Ella rock and down to the gap will be gorgeous.
It is a must to say that ‘don’t forget to wake up early in the morning and climb the mountain before it gets hot’ otherwise you will feel tired. Although take a bottle of water with you.If you could have a cup of tea or something you may feel better on your way back to the hotel or home. Its wise to keep in mind that if you want to take a photograph with the tea plucker working in the tea plantations, they will ask money.
Built at 3100m above sea level, among the craggy peaks of the Central Highlands; the Nine Arches forms a viaduct between the Demodara and Ella Railway stations. Built entirely out of brick, rock and cement; without a single piece of steel; the bridge has stood solid from 1921, its time of creation. According to history, the bridge was built by the locals using such materials; when the construction came to a standstill from the lack of steel caused by World War I. But, in addition to this history; lore abounds the creation of the bridge.
The most famous story speaks of a man named P. K. Appuhami, who lived in the Kappatipola area in Melimada. Born in 1870, Appuhami was a famed traditional drummer and devil dancer (a ritual dance form). One day, while returning home gloomily as he lost a competition, Appuhami was seen by a British official. The man was extremely frightened by the devilish apparition (Appuhami was still in his dance costume) at the beginning; but soon became quite friendly. Learning that the strange foreigner was in his area to construct a railway; Appuhami assisted by supplying him with labour from the local villages.
But things did not go smoothly with the railway construction. They found that they were unable to bridge a large gap between two hills; as there was a quagmire in the valley in between. It was not possible to create firm anchoring, due to the marshy ground. On learning this, Appuhami requested to take over the bridge project. While he was rejected initially, they agreed later; as he had gained their trust with his assistance and friendship. As the story goes, Appuhami started working on the bridge in 1913. He solved the issue of the unstable ground by toppling giant rocks into the space; until a firm bed of rocks was formed. He then created the bridge’s brick columns over this bed and continued with the construction of the bridge.
The methods of constructions used by Appuhami proved to be so intuitive and cost effective; that he finished the entire project, which was intended to continue for many years, within a single year at a fraction of the original cost planned. The British officials were so shocked that the ‘savages’ had finished such a huge project so easily; that they refused to believe its structural integrity. At this point Appuhami is said to have sworn to the strength of the structure by saying he would prove it by lying under the bridge; when the railway line was used for the first time. Once the track was completed, he kept to his promise; awing the officials with his achievement.
Most interestingly, the story also states that Appuhami was then offered payment in the form of the balance costs that he saved with his inexpensive construction methods. The folklore speaks of the happy day when Appuhami returned to his village with four carts of silver coins. He then proceeded to spend it on meals for his village and the neighboring village for an entire two days, while also giving each villager a silver coin.
Regardless of the truth of the stories; the fact remains that the Nine Arches Bridge, with its nine graceful arches and solid construction, is one of the proofs of Sri Lanka‘s skills in
Well worth doing. Our guide Dilan was very helpful and took the day at our pace stopping when we wanted for photo or rest. The path is steep and rocky in places, walking sandals ok. Beautiful views. Had a good lunch stop before walking to 9 arch bridge in time to see train.