In a major project to enhance the relationship with India and to boost the tourism industry, Sri Lankan government launched a Ramayana tourism circuit, which would connect temples and caves in the country associated with the Hindu epic thereby attracting tourists from India.
A key decision that would reestablish the historic connection between India and Sri Lanka, this will enhance cultural interaction between both countries, experts say. The scheme was presented by Sri Lanka Tourism Minister John Amaratunga at the Sri Lanka Tourism Roadshow held in Kochi on Friday.
As a part of the project, the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) has decided to operate a ferry service to Rameshwaram. Since the Tamil Nadu government has also given the green signal to operate ferry service to Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu from Thalaimannar in Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan authorities will soon kick off the project. The ferry service is expected to be launched by the end of this year after finalising procedures with the Indian government.
According to the SLTDA, during the month of July, the largest source market for tourists was India, however, the present projects more than fulfilling the commercial aspects of it, would help to strengthen relationships with both countries.