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Ukrainian tourists to visit cultural sites

Local tourists will not be allowed to visit tourist destinations when foreign tourists visit such places, the Central Cultural Fund yesterday said.

Selected destinations in Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya, therefore, will not be accessible to local tourists today and tomorrow, it said.

The decision has been made by the Central Cultural Fund Director General, Archeologist, Senior Professor Gamini Adhikari under the directions of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs Ministry Secretary Professor Kapila Gunawardena.

The airports were opened recently under a pilot project to open the country to foreign tourists. Foreign tourists arrived in the country after nine months of lockdown, The first group was 186 Ukrainian tourists who arrived on December 28. The tourists were allowed back in Sri Lanka following a plan designed under the supervision of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Economic Revival Committee Chairman Basil Rajapaksa.

The pilot project is carried out under the direct supervision of Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga.

Many foreign tourists visiting Sri Lanka under the pilot project visit several locations in the Polonnaruwa Tourism Project, which is under the the Central Cultural Fund and the Sigiriya Tourism Zone on January 4 and 5.

Accordingly locations under the Polonnaruwa Tourism Project including the Royal Palace of King Parakramabahu, Dalada Maluwa, Shiva Devala (No 2), Rankoth vehera, Alahana Pirivena, Rankoth Viharaya, Lankathilaka Viiharaya, Kiri Vehera, Gal Viharaya, Thivanka Image House and the Lotus Pond will be closed for local tourists today (4) from 1.00 p.m. Sigiriya will be closed for local tourists until noon on January 5. Each tourist visiting the areas will be given a DVD and a leaflet that includes the historical background of the places. The tourists will visit Kandy and Dambulla in coming days.