Sri Lanka to develop 300 acres in Mannar for beach resorts
ECONOMYNEXT – The Ministry of Tourism Development said it has identified Mannar as a hub for tourism in Sri Lanka’s north-western coastal region, with a beachfront area of around 300 acres to be developed as a resort area.
Already over Rs. 40 million has been spent on making the beach areas tourist friendly and many other projects are being planned in order to make the district the main hub for tourism in the region, a statement said.
During talks between Minister of Tourism Development John Amaratunga and Minister of Commerce and Industry and Member of Parliament for Mannar District, Rishad Bathiudeen it was decided to position Mannar as the main hub for visiting key attractions in the region.
Amaratunga was quoted as saying that plans have already been drawn by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority to develop homestay villages around the Giants Tank reservoir to offer an authentic experience to tourists visiting the district.
“A beachfront area of around 300 acres will be identified as a resort area for accommodation purposes,” the ministry said.
“This area will be developed on a fast track basis with all facilities for tourists while priority will be given for eco-tourism projects.”
The main attractions include the Madhu Church Shrine, Wilpattu National Park and a host of other sites like the Thanthirimale temple, Thiruketheeswaram Kovil, the Dutch period lighthouse, the Portuguese/Dutch Fort, and Adams Bridge, a constellation of small islands stretched out over a 50 km sand strip connecting with India.
(COLOMBO, July 07, 2017)