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Sri Lanka along with Thailand to unveil Ramayana Trail to tap Indian tourists

Sri Lanka has announced a series of ambitious initiatives spanning various sectors, with the aim of boosting tourism and fostering stronger ties with India.

The island nation is set to introduce the Ramayana Trail, strategically designed to attract Indian tourists with an interest in the historical and cultural landmarks mentioned in the epic Ramayana. This move comes in the wake of the recent consecration of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

Harin Fernando, Tourism Minister of Sri Lanka, said Lanka government was also working with Thai government in developing a Buddhist circuit with places of interest in India and Sri Lanka.

He said that though India has 80 flights a week to various destinations in Sri Lanka, the island country was also keen on starting flights from Ahmedabad and were in talks with couple of Indian operators. He said that the government was also working with few ashrams in southern India and also in Ayodhya. The minister said they have signed an agreement with the local administration in this regard.

Collaborating with the Thai government, Sri Lanka is actively working on establishing a Buddhist circuit. This circuit will showcase key attractions in both India and Sri Lanka, emphasizing the deep-rooted historical and cultural ties shared between the two nations.

In an effort to enhance travel options for Indian visitors, Sri Lanka is in talks with Indian aviation operators to expand flight routes, particularly from Ahmedabad. Currently, the country receives 80 weekly flights from various destinations in India.

As part of broader collaboration efforts, the Sri Lankan government has entered into strategic agreements with ashrams in southern India and Ayodhya. This move aims to strengthen ties and promote tourism through collaborative initiatives.

These initiatives collectively reflect Sri Lanka’s proactive approach to diversify its tourism offerings and strengthen diplomatic ties with India. The nation is positioning itself as an appealing destination while highlighting the shared historical and cultural connections between the two countries.

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