Bogoda, with its ancient temple and wooden bridge lies some 30km 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 just by it, has a much longer history, going back to the 1st century BC.
The bridge built across the Gallanda Oya is on an ancient route, which
linked Badulla and Kandy. The bridge is elegantly supported by 11 pairs of
elegantly carved pillars and a railing of banisters.
Bogoda Bridge is the oldest surviving wooden bridge in the world.