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Kallady Bridge
கல்லடிப் பாலம்
කල්ලඩි පාලම
Kallady Bridge Batticaloa.jpg
Old Kallady Bridge (above)
New Kallady Bridge (below) New Kallady Bridge
Coordinates 7°43′09.50″N 81°42′26.40″E / 7.7193056°N 81.7073333°E / 7.7193056; 81.7073333Coordinates: 7°43′09.50″N 81°42′26.40″E / 7.7193056°N 81.7073333°E / 7.7193056; 81.7073333
Carries Motor vehicles on the A4 highway
Crosses Batticaloa Lagoon
Locale Batticaloa, Batticaloa District
Other name(s) Lady Manning Bridge
Owner Ministry of Ports & Highways
Maintained by Road Development Authority
Design Truss bridge (old)
Material Iron, cement
Total length 288.35 m (946 ft)
Width 14 m (46 ft)
Number of spans 5 (old)
Construction end 1924 (old)
Construction cost Rs.2.6 billion
Inaugurated 22 March 2013 (2013-03-22) (new)
Daily traffic 10,000 per day (approx)
Kallady Bridge is located in Sri Lanka
Kallady Bridge
Location in Sri Lanka

Kallady Bridge (Tamil: கல்லடிப் பாலம்; also known as the Lady Manning Bridge) is a road bridge in eastern Sri Lanka. It crosses the Batticaloa Lagoon at Batticaloa. The bridge is part of the A4 Colombo-Batticaloa highway.


The bridge was built in 1924 during British colonial rule.[1] The bridge was named Lady Manning Bridge in honour of the wife of William Manning, the British Governor of Ceylon.[2] It was the oldest and longest iron bridge in Sri Lanka.[3] On average 10,000 vehicles crossed the narrow, single lane bridge daily.[3] Accidents on the bridge would lead to traffic problems in the area.

Batticaloa's singing fish legend is associated with the bridge. In 1954 two American priests from St. Michael's College, Batticaloa, Rev. Fr. Lang and Rev. Fr. Moran, recorded fishes singing under the bridge.[2] The recording was broadcast on Radio Ceylon in the 1960s.[4][5]

In 2006 plans were drawn to build a new bridge parallel to the old one.[6][7] Construction of the new bridge began in March 2008.[8] Problems with the contractor led to another contractor being appointed.[9] The new bridge was formally opened on 22 March 2013.[10]

The new two lane bridge is 288.35 m (946 ft) long and 14 m (46 ft) wide.[11] The bridge cost Rs. 2.6 billion (US$20 million) and was financed by a loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency under the Pro-Poor Eastern Infrastructure Development Project.[12][13]


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34 news items

Ceylon Daily News

Ceylon Daily News
Thu, 31 Dec 2015 10:33:45 -0800

The Batticaloa Lagoon, which is the largest lagoon in the island runs along the famous Lady Manning Bridge popularly known as the Kallady Bridge that connects Batticaloa town to the rest of the eye catching villages, features extensive mangrove swamps ...

Ministry of Defence (press release)

Ministry of Defence (press release)
Tue, 24 Apr 2012 12:30:00 -0700

A new bridge parallel to the Kallady bridge in Batticaloa is nearing completion under the Mahinda Chinthana policy to provide connectivity among regions. The new two-way bridge is being constructed by the Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA ...


Sat, 03 Jun 2006 03:26:08 -0700

All traffic on Batticaloa - Kalmunai road was blocked as Kallady bridge was shut down after a Claymore attack around 8:30 a.m. Saturday. A cordon and search operation was launched by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) troopers and the policemen in the area.

Huffington Post UK

Huffington Post UK
Sun, 11 May 2014 15:07:30 -0700

Known as the 'Land of the Singing Fish' - legend says you can hear the music coming from the water under the Kallady Bridge at full moon - Batticaloa is a peaceful place to be. Check in to the Riviera Resort by the lagoon for £20 per night and you can ...


Sat, 23 Mar 2013 16:37:19 -0700

President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared open the new Kalladi Bridge which links the Batticaloa and the Ampara Districts on Friday afternoon (22 March). It is another dream of the people of the East has been realized by opening this new Bridge after ...

The Island.lk (subscription)

The Island.lk (subscription)
Tue, 12 Mar 2013 13:26:15 -0700

Halangode on the Kallady Bridge. We subsequently cleared Batticaloa town." (Having served the army for almost 28 years, Halangode retired in mid July 2000 with the rank of Brigadier. At the time of his early retirement, he had been the area commander, ...

Ceylon Daily News

Ceylon Daily News
Mon, 15 Oct 2012 12:41:15 -0700

JICA's recent assistance to Eastern Province include the reconstruction of rural and national roads including the new Kallady Bridge, development of water supply systems and rectification of flood damaged roads and irrigation infrastructure through ...

Colombo Page

Colombo Page
Fri, 22 Mar 2013 09:21:56 -0700

Mar 22, Batticaloa: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa Friday declared open the newly built Kalladi Bridge in Batticaloa. The new Kalladi Bridge, connecting the North and South of Batticaloa on the Akkaraipattu-Batticaloa-Thirukkondiadimadu road ...

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