Category: Bridges

Historical Importance of Mawanella Brick Bridge – මාවනැල්ල ගඩොල් පාලමේ ඉතිහාසය

Mawanella Brick Arc Bridge, built in 1932-33

Mawanella Brick Bridge, one of the 5 bridges built by British during colonial period was completed during 1832 – 1833 and is the only bride still being used for vehicular traffic. This 70 meter long bridge constructed with bricks consisting of 4 arches and has not been repaired since construction. 

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Lankagama Sangili Palama (Hanging Bridge) – ලංකාගම සංගිලි පාලම

Lankagama Sangili Palama (Suspension Bridge)

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 Nilwala Ganga.

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Ulapane Fool’s Bridge (Upside Down Bridge) – උලපනේ මෝඩයාගේ පාලම (උඩ යට පාලම )

Ulapane Fool’s Bridge

Built in 1904 by the British, the uniqueness of this steel bridge is the side arches generically found on steel bridges are built at the bottom of the bridge giving it a look of a bridge built upside down.

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Peradeniya Sangili Palama (Hanging Bridge) – පේරාදෙණිය සංගිලි පාලම

Peradeniya Suspension Bridge (Sangili Palama)

Peradeniya Sangili Palama lies across the mighty Mahaweli Ganga (River) connecting the Peradeniya Garden and the Gannoruwa School of Agriculture. Two pairs of 9.5 meter high steel pillars hold the steel cables of the 127 meter long bridge. It has been built in 1931, during the British rule of then Ceylon.

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Ruwanwella Sangili Palama – රුවන්වැල්ල එල්ලෙන පාලම (සංගිලි පාලම)

Ruwanwella Sangili Palama

The Ruwanwella Suspension Bridge across Kelani River at Ruwanwella is believed to be the longest of its type in Sri Lanka. Built in 2007, this foot bridge connect the Ruwanwella town with villages such as Nikawalamulla and Kurupaththa. The bridge is 550 feet (170 meters) long

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Kunchikulama Hanging Bridge : En Route to Mannar – මන්නාරම කුංචිකුලම එල්ලෙන පාලම (සංගිලි පාලම)

Kunchikulam Hanging Bridge

Close to the turn off to the Madu Church, lies and old hanging bridge across the Malwathu Oya in the area of Kunchikulama. The bridge is over 100 meters along and held by two strong cables with wooden planks laid across.

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Halaba Steel Bridge : The Bridge that Never Was – අතරමං වූ හාලිඇල හලාබ යකඩ පාලම

The Mysterious Halaba Steel Bridge in Hali-Ela

Halaba is a small village in the Badulla Uva Paranagama area close to the Uma Oya. A spectacular 372 feet long steel bridge lies across Uma Oya at Halaba where no roads exists or ever existed

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Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Halpan Ela – Anuradhapura – අනුරාධපුර හාල්පාන් ඇල ගල් පාලම

Gal Palama over Halpan Ela

The road leading to this rather unknown Halpan Ela Gal Palama is located close to the Kuttam Pokuna (Twin Ponds). Traveling 3 kms from Sangamitta Mawatha, you can reach the point where this ancient stone bridge crosses the Halpan Ela.

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Vannadі Brіdge – The Ancient Stone Bridge at Kayankerni – කයන්කේනි පුරාණ ගල් පාලම

Remains of the ancient Kayyankerni stone bridge

The Ancient Stone Bridge is located west of the Kayankenі Junction and it has fallen across the Kayankenі Lagoon. Large rock pillars standing in the lagoon for over 200 meters can still can be seen.

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Mahakanadarawa Stone Bridge – මහකනදරා ගල් පාලම

Mahakanadarawa Stone Bridge

The best preserved ancient stone bridge in Sri Lanka is the Mahakanadarawa stone bridge, built over the Kanadarawa River in the ancient road between Anuradhapura and Gokanna (Trincomalee).

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Valaichena (Oddamavadi) Road-Rail Bridge – වාලච්චේන (ඔඩ්ඩමාවඩි) පැරණි පාලම

Valaichena (Oddamavadi) Bridge

Road-Rail bridges are bridges shared by trains as well as motor vehicles. These can be as complex as rail road going over or under the paved vehicle road to as simple as a railway line running on the center of

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The First Road-Rail Bridge of Sri Lanka at Manampitiya – මනම්පිටිය පැරණි පාලම

The Road-Rail Bridge of Manampitiya seen from the Dimbulagala side

Road-Rail bridges are bridges shared by trains as well as motor vehicles. These can be as complex as rail road going over or under the paved vehicle road to as simple as a railway line running on the center of

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Demodara Nine Arch Bridge – දෙමෝදර අහස් නමයේ ආරුක්කු පාලම

First day Cover of 2014 stamp celebrating the engineering marvel of Demodara Bridge and Nine Arch Bridge at Demodata

Located almost 3100 feet above the sea level, the 100ft high Demodara Nine Arch Bridge is an engineering marvel which was constructed in 1913 without the use of single piece of steel.

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Bogoda Bridge at Bogoda Raja Maha Viharaya – බෝගොඩ පාලම

Bogoda Bridge at Bogoda Raja Maha Viharaya

Bogoda Raja Maha Viharaya is most famous for its Wooden Bridge of the Kandyan Era. This bridge (popularly known as Bogoda Bridge) is built over the Gallanda Oya river which is a tributory of Mahaweli River and is only surviving bridge of such nature of this Era.

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Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya – Anuradhapura – අනුරාධපුර මල්වතු ඔය ගල් පාලම

The Gal Palama over Malwathu Oya (2015)

he road leading to Gal Palama is located close to the Kuttam Pokuna (Twin Ponds). The two Gal Palama’s are laid across Malwathu Oya and Yoda Ela.

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