Bogoda Wooden Bridge
 
This ancient wooden bridge lies some 20km from Bandarawela and 10 km from Badulla, off the Hali-ela junction. Believed to be the oldest surviving wooden bridge in the world, the Bogoda bridge dates back to the 1600s, but the temple (Dova temple) just by it, has a much longer history, going back to the 1st century BC. The bridge belongs to the Kandyan Era in the 16th century, and is over 400 years old. Bridge is thought to be lying on one of the ancient pilgrims paths from Kandy Kindom to the Uva province where there is a large number of important Buddhist shrines such as Muthiyanganaya.
 
The bridge built across the Gallanda Oya which is a tributory of Mahaweli river. It is around 50 feet in length and about five feet wide. The special feature of this is that it is made entirely out of wood and is full of wood carvings. There are 11 pairs of carved rails (Palisades). According to the legend, not a single steel nail has been used in the construction of the bridge. The roof of the bridge is covered with Sinhala tiles (Sinhala ulu) and two wooden fences decorated in various designs have been erected on either side.
 
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