300km ‘walking track’ from Hantane to N Eliya

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In order to encourage tourism, a 300km ‘walking track’ is being constructed from Hantane in Kandy all the way to Nuwara Eliya, going through various villages, tea estates and forest regions in Kotagala, Hatton, and other small towns.

Tourism Ministry Secretary Chulandanda Perera told, Ceylon Today that the ADB is funding the project, which is set to be completed in April 2023.

The idea is to improve the tourism business and produce revenue for the people who live in the areas where the walking trail will be constructed.

The idea is for the villagers to serve meals etc. available in their communities to those who use the walking track that runs through their villages.

“The walking trail will also pass through various tea farms and estate managers are encouraged to make their estate workers to serve hot tea and snacks. These persons who will make a living by promoting tourism in this way will be trained before opening their modest stores along the walking trail,” explained Perera.

The villagers would be trained on hygiene and running eateries. Every 13km walk will have stalls serving food and refreshments, and the walk would last roughly 22 days, beginning in Hantane and ending in Nuwara Eliya, according to Perera.

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan