The Sri Lankan government has re-launched a Ramayana tourism circuit, which will link all temples and caves in the country associated with the Hindu epic in order to attract more tourists from India.The initiative was presented by Sri Lanka Tourism Minister John Amaratunga at the Sri Lanka Tourism Roadshow held in Kochi.
There was a “Ramayana Trail” earlier in the 2000s but was discontinued because it was not properly organized. Only the places linked to the Ramayana were provided to those interested in book form. Interested tourists had to work out the itinerary on their own. If it was well thought out and if it had been backed up by adequate facilities for stay and travel, it would have been a money-spinner.
The Minister said new policies which were being introduced were part of a larger plan to revive the tourism industrySince the Tamil Nadu government has also given the green signal to operate a 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 finalizing procedures with the Indian government.
The places such as Manavari temple, Ravana cave, Ashoka Vatika, Seetha Amman temple, Divurumpola, Ussangoda, Thiru Koneswaram temple, and Kathirkamam are part of the Ramayana circuit in Sri Lanka.
The Indian government had also launched the Ramayana circuit in June this year and is one of the fifteen thematic circuits identified for development under Swadesh Darshan Scheme.