Sunday, April 09, 2006

Now for the Ramayana trail in Sri Lanka

Chennai: Mythological events and images from the Ramayana epic will now provide the backdrop for an innovative package for visiting tourists offered by the Sri Lanka Tourist Board and SriLankan Airlines.
"Ramayana creates a lot of interest in India and Sri Lanka. Hence, SriLankan Airlines thought it fit to use it as a marketing strategy to woo tourists from India," says N. Prabaharan, its regional manager for Sri Lanka and India Sub-Continent.
Starting with Colombo, the Ramayana tourist circuit will initially cover Avissawlla, Bandarawela, Ella, Welimada, Hakga, Nuwara Eliya, Sita Eliya, Pussellawa, and Kandy. The second phase will touch Kurunegala, Wariapola, Anuradhapura, Trincomalee, Mannar and Talaimannar. The third will lead to the Great Southern Road to Weligama and the Great and Little Basses islets. From a fibre glass boat , tourists can see the remains of what is believed to be Rama's Bridge, spanning 22 miles from Palk Strait to Talaimannar.
09/04/06 T.S. Shankar/The Hindu
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