Distance from Trinco – 135 km (2 hours 47 minutes)
Kallady Bridge is a bridge situated in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka which crosses the Batticaloa Lagoon at Batticaloa. Also known as the Lady Manning Bridge, this bridge is part of the Colombo – Batticaloa Highway. It is the longest and oldest iron bridge in Sri Lanka. The Kallady Bridge is owned by the Ministry of Ports & Highways and is maintained by the Road Development Authority. It is 288 meters in length and 14 meters in width and is made of iron and cement.
Kallady Bridge is associated with the Batticoloa’s “singing fish” legend. Two priests from Batticoloa recorded the sound of fish singing under the bridge in the year 1954 and it was broadcasted on Radio Ceylon in the 1960s. Construction of another bridge parallel to this one was planned and was formally opened on 22 March 2013.
Getting to Kallady Bridge
From Trinco take the Trincomalee Highway and go past Kinniya, Seruwawila, Kalkudah and Chenkaladi up until Batticaloa. At Batticaloa go along the Colombo-Batticaloa Highway to find the Kallady Bridge.