Lankagama Sangili Palama (Hanging Bridge) – ලංකාගම සංගිලි පාලම

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Lankagama is a remote village on the boarder of Sinharaja Rain Forest which is considered the last village before Sinharaja.This village is bordered by the Sinharaja Rain Forest from north and Nilwala River from the south.  Beyond the Nilwala River lies the Nilwaligama and the Dellawa Forest Reserve. A Sangili Palama (hanging bridge) connects Lankagama and the Nilwaligama across the Gin Ganga.

Sangili Palama is a type of a narrow suspension bridge (hanging bridge)  which lies across rivers in various part of Sri Lanka. The ancient Sangili Palama’s were built using large ropes but now steel cables are used in building these bridges.  These bridges are so narrow only pedestrians can use them and most of the time barely 2 people can pass each other. Wooden planks are laid across the cables but in most cases due to non maintenance some planks can be found missing creating gaping holes. the  The thrill of a Sangili Palama is the walking across it with the whole bridge bouncing with every steps and swaying side to side. With the bouncing and swinging increasing as you move towards the center of the bridge with rattling notices from stretching cables and loose planks , most people find walking across these types of suspensions bridges nerve wrecking.

 

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Travel Directions to Lankagama Sangili Palama

Route from Neluwa to Lankagama Sangili Palama

Though : Kosmulla Lankagama Road
Distance : 17 km
Travel time : 45 mins
Driving directions : see on google map

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