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New tourist attraction in Nuwara Eliya:

House Boat in Lake Gregory

Amidst a large gathering of local and foreign tourists and holiday makers, a novel House Boat built by Saj House Boat Builders and Operators of Kerala was launched at the Tourist complex of Lake Gregory, Nuwara Eliya by Indian Deputy High Commissioner for Sri Lanka K Nadaraja recently.

Addressing the gathering, Nadaraja traced the ancient history and ties between Sri Lanka and India. He said political, trade and commerce wise, both these two nations continue to have close and friendly relations and goodwill.

"After the end of the conflict in Sri Lanka, tourists from India and other Western nations started visiting this country. They have been to Colombo and the hill country, particularly the country's famous tourist destination, Nuwara Eliya," he said.

He said it was most fitting that a new vista such as the House Boat has been newly introduced in Nuwara Eliya while the country is in a festive mood.

He said this was his first diplomatic assignment to this country and noticed many similarities between Kerala and this part of Sri Lanka.

He said he hoped that the introduction of the House Boat to Lake Gregory will be a boon in the promotion of tourism.

Nuwara Eliya Mayor Mahinda Kumara thanked the Kerala state government and the House Boat builders for the initiative taken by them towards the development and promotion of tourism in the Nuwara Eliya district.

He thanked former Mayor Chandana Karunaratne and Deputy Mayor P Chandrasekaran for their initiative towards this project during their tenure of office.

Kerala Saj House Boat Builders spokesperson said that in Kerala there were over two thousand House Boats which are in operation in its lagoons and rivers, and this was a great boon in terms of tourism in India.

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