Bogoda Wooden Bridge

Bogoda Wooden Bridge, Badulla: Address, Bogoda Wooden Bridge Reviews: 4.5/5

Bogoda Wooden Bridge
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Kalana
Kandy, Sri Lanka202 contributions
A unique place
Sep 2020 • Family
Bogoda bridge is situated in the Bogoda temple premises. Bridge is completely made up of wood. It also has a roof. The uniqueness of the bridge is that a single piece of wood connects the two banks of the river. This is said to be one of the oldest existing wooden bridges. You can park the vehicle near bo tree and use the stairs or you can park in the temple. The road is good that even a car with low ground clearance can reach here.
Written 16 September 2020
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Elsworthj
Melbourne, Australia11 contributions
If you are into Sri Lanka’s history, this is a must visit location
Jan 2020 • Family
It was a wonderful experience to visit this attraction. The Buddhist monk on site explained the history of the bridge. It is a fascinating part of Sri Lanka’s history.

The location is a bit of off track, several kilometres from Badulla. If you are into history, this is a must visit location.
Written 6 January 2020
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Nilusha Alahakoon
Colombo, Sri Lanka431 contributions
Unbelievable Wooded Construction
Dec 2019
This very old wooden bridge believed to be built by King Walagamba. The king was hiding in this place when the country is under attack by invaders. At that time, the King built a tunnel connecting this place and Dowa Temple for his safety.
This wooden bridge constructed using only wooden (not even a nail) and the deck is a single tree. The bridge connecting a road to Kandy from Badulla over Uma Oya.
Written 18 December 2019
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Tour Uva
Badulla, Sri Lanka65 contributions
"Marvelos construction of ancients"
Dec 2019 • Business
The Bogoda bridge is over 400 years old and made entirely from wooden planks, which are said to have come from one tree.It is an exclusive construction as it has an 2.4 metres (7.9 ft) tall tiled roof structure for its entire span of nearly 15 metres (49 ft) length with a 1.5 metres (4.9 ft) breadth. Wooden fences of the bridge are decorated in various ancient designs and have been erected on either sides.

The structure of the bridge is standing on a huge tree trunk 11 metres (36 ft) in height. Jack fruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus) logs and Kumbuk (Terminalia arjuna) logs were mainly used as the constructive material of the bridge. Furthermore, Kaluwara (Diospyros ebenum) timber and Milla timber were used for the wooden decorations.

Written 15 December 2019
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buddhika wijesooriya
Malabe, Sri Lanka253 contributions
must see place
Dec 2019
The place is 16 kms away from Hali ela town.The bridge is a world heritage by UNISCO and the same is belong to a ancient buddhist temple.The bridge is firstly build in 103 BC by a sri lankan king to connenct two villages by a river and the speciality is he has use singel 59 ft tree truncks to built the same.The roof of the bridge was later added on by a ruling king in the 1700 era.The ever flowing water from the rusty river and the calm background will heal your mind for sure.please be mind for your dress as the bridge is in a middle of a buddhist temple
Written 13 December 2019
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Debra L
Auckland, New Zealand197 contributions
Well worth the ride
Sep 2019 • Couples
Amazing wooden bridge and cave temple, which were well worth the long scooter ride to get there. The bridge is really well maintained and you can easily walk across it (shoes off). The temple itself is amazing... we really went for the bridge, but the temple is a highlight and for a very small donation you will be shown inside and told about the 2 parts of the temple. It’s covered in paintings and a reclining Buddha.
There’s also a tunnel underneath the temple for the truly adventurous.
Written 12 September 2019
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Seevali D
Colombo, Sri Lanka8,424 contributions
Ancient Wooden Bridge with Roof Atop
Jul 2019
My wife, our grandson Ryan and I visited Bogoda Bridge on 24th July 2019. Travelling from Ella along Badulla - Bandarawela Road, we turned off at Haliela. We drove right up to the parking lot near the Bogoda bridge. The road was motorable with a regular bus service.
To reach the Bogoda bridge, we walked down about 100 steps along the path, that had handrails on one side. At the bottom of the steps is an ancient cave temple on the right and the Bogoda bridge on the left. A billboard informs visitors that this is an Archaeological site protected by law. Another billboard informs visitors to remove their footwear and behave with decorum.
The cave temple has much longer history than the bridge. It had been built during 1st century bc., as confirmed by a brahmin scripture at the temple. The temple had been renovated during the Kandyan era and within the image house are beautiful paintings. On the right side of the temple are few steps that led us down to a platform. Here we saw an old tunnel that had been used by a king as an escape route from the enemies.
The wooden bridge is the main attraction here. "Photographs prohibited without permission" was inscribed on a board at the entrance to the bridge. I walked up to the temple, paid my respects to the chief priest and requested permission for photography. He permitted me to take photos but not within the main image house.
The bridge, when it was built in the 16th century, 400 years ago, had been constructed entirely of wood. The nails too used initially had been wooden. So are the middle column supports. The bridge built over a small tributary discharging on to Mahaweli river had been built with a roof. It had been used not only to cross the river, but also as a place of rest for weary travelers. It is 6 feet wide and 50 feet long. The wooden roof, clad in flat wooden tiles, is 8 feet above the floor of the bridge. The priest informed us that the bridge was on an ancient Buddhist pilgrimage path from Kandy to Muthiyangana temple. The bridge had since been renovated by the Department of Architecture.
At the end of our visited we went up to the temple to thank the chief priest. He blessed us and tied the white string on our right wrists, traditionally believed to bring health, wealth and happiness.
Written 15 August 2019
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bee travels Sri Lanka
Kandy District, Sri Lanka76 contributions
Engineering
Oct 2018 • Family
this brig shows Engineering skills of ancient Ceylon. over 600 years old this bridge made by timber and tiles
Written 7 January 2019
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Darshana Ratnayake
Amman, Jordan1,845 contributions
Wonderful wooden bridge with a old temple
Dec 2018 • Friends
went there by a car. Its around 11km from main road. Once you go there you will get amazed if seing the old wooden bridge built by a king. The temple was very old. Can see the load buddha's stratues in side the temple which is inside the rock cave.
Written 25 December 2018
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MikeJuliya
Colombo, Sri Lanka640 contributions
Very Nice Place
Dec 2018 • Friends
I would like to recommend the place to you all to visit, it's an amazing creation with wooden structure
Written 11 December 2018
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