Sri Lanka tourism is seeing strong growth in Indian tourists thanks to Ramayana sites. Sri Lanka tourism identified over 50 Ramayana sites that has helped in increase of Indian tourists.
Ramayana is a Indian epic, the story of Hindu God Rama life who rescues his wife Sita from the demon King Ravana who used to live in Sri Lanka. Rama is among the most worshiped gods in India. There are several temples of Lord Rama in India. By identifying around 50 sites related to Ramayana, Sri Lanka has managed emerged as a Pilgrimage destination for Indian tourists.
These 50 Ramayana sites include a 600 step climb that goes up to a cave in Ella which is supposed to be the place where Ravana hide Sita after kidnapping her. Other places include a spot in Divurumpola where Sita went through agni pariksha. The Shiva lingam at Manawari Kovil in Chillaw is believed to be installed by Lord Rama himself.
Sites like these any many others has helped Sri Lanka to attract over 37,000 tourists in the first quarter of 2011, an increase of 43.4 per cent. Since 2010, India has been the biggest source of income for the Sri Lanka tourism industry. With the help of these Ramayana sites, Sri Lanka hopes to attract more Indian tourists in the months to come.