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Address: Hali Ela | Badulla, Badulla 90000, Sri Lanka
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Very interesting place.

This is a very old wooden bridge over 800 years old and still the same old wood! Unfortunately the road to the is very bad. It is only 16km frm Town, but it take by car 35min.

Reviewed 2 March 2017
Kataragama, Sri Lanka
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Kataragama, Sri Lanka
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

This is a very old wooden bridge over 800 years old and still the same old wood! Unfortunately the road to the is very bad. It is only 16km frm Town, but it take by car 35min.

Thank kurt600
Kutchan-cho, Japan
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2016

It is difficult to reach without a car. Hidden in the middle fo a remote village. But it is worth the visit.

Thank Prasad T
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2016

Bogoda bridge is more than 400 years old, is the oldest wooden bridge to be standing in Sri Lanka. The bridge was built in 16th century during the Dambadeniaya Era, was build by King Walagamba. The bridge has been build with an interlock system where no nails have been used for the construction of the bridge. The bridge cab be... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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30 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2016

Bogoda bridge and the Buddhist temple is situated at Hali-Ela in Badulla district. The main attraction here is the old wooden bridge which belongs to the Dambadeniya Kingdom Era (1220–1354 AD). This bridge is constructed to cross the Loggal Oya and it was on the old Badulla - Kandy road which had been used in the period of Kandyan Kingdom.... More 

Thank Sudantha80
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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104 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2016

This ancient bridge said to be about 500 years old is the oldest bridge in Sri Lanka, made entirely of wood. The use of the motorable road is not said to be encouraged by the resident monks of the adjoining temple as it ends in their premises and they do not want vehicles to be parked there. A selfish attitude... More 

Thank Max J
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2016

Bogoda bridge is hard to access. You need to travel a fair distance from the Hali Ela town and the road is in terrible condition especially for the last few kilometers. Most vehicles park and take a tuk tuk for the last few kilometers but the tuk tuk drivers rip you off and charge exorbitant rates. Thankfully our van driver... More 

1 Thank Niran123
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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135 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2015

Must see place if you travel to Budulla. Can reach off Haliela . Road is not that good but can manage with a normal vehicle if there is no rain.

1 Thank Sujeewa W
Sri Lanka
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51 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 May 2015

The caretaker is local who has extensive & fascinating knowledge about the temple and the bridge. Ask you guide to come along with you. trust me the information is worth paying for a guide. Cars cannot travel but vans and jeeps can travel effortlessly.

Thank thimillionaire
Brisbane, Australia
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75 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2015

This is a covered wooden bridge built in the 16th century during the Kandyan period and was on the road from Badulla to Kandy. Tha adjoining temple dates back even further. Access is not easy. I tried to get there last November but wet weather and road works prevented it. This time not so bad,but had to get a tuk... More 

1 Thank scottessell
Panadura, Sri Lanka
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99 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2015

It's a marvellous creation. Very artistic. Craftmanship is unbelievable. Replica of the same bridge can be seen in Mawanella, just after the Railway level crossing in Public works departement road side museum. Bogoda temple is snother hiding place of one of our greatest kings, Valagambahu who was organizing army to fight against invading South Indians. After winning the war he... More 

Thank Priyantha P

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