Little bit about Demodara Loop
Demodara loop is considered as one of the most mesmerizing railway civil engineering marvels in Sri Lanka. The spiral rail line, popularly known as the Demodara loop, passes under itself which goes around a loop and emerges from a tunnel. This tunnel runs directly beneath the Demodara Railway Station. The rail loop is approximately 900metres (3000ft) long and has a 320m (1050ft) length. This is the only loop in the world with a railway station situated exactly over a tunnel at spiral loop.
During the construction of Demodara railway, engineers faced a huge challenge as the elevation around Demodara’s hills were too steep for the tracks to be laid. D. J. Wimalasurendra the engineer in charge of design (well known as the father of Sri Lankan hydroelectricity) came up with a design to lay the track in the shape of a loop and resolved the problem.
Do not miss this spiral ride which is one of its kind in the whole world.
Things to know before you go
- Demodara train station is the best place to see the train make a loop
- Best time to visit is when a train passes through the Demodara station
- Take any train that goes via Demodara station to experience the spiral ride
Other places you could visit in Ella
Ella Wala Falls
Nine Arch Bridge
Ravana Ella Falls
History & Culture
Dhowa Rock Temple