Published on : Thursday, August 5, 2021
Lighthouse tourism in India is gearing up for getting an impetus! Lighthouses are an interesting tourism feature all over the world, and it is time that this feature catches up in India as well. Since lighthouses are usually located close to the coastline, they provide a scenic view of the spot for tourists. And now, the Parliament has passed the Marine Aids To Navigation 2021, which would bring improvement of lighthouses as tourist destinations. According to an Expression of Interest document of the Union Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, 65 lighthouse sites have been identified for revamping into tourist spots in public private partnership mode.
The ministry has said that one of the lighthouses that would be transformed for this project is the Mandvi Lighthouse in Gujarat, which is built on the Mandvi Fort overlooking the Arabian Sea from the west coast of the country. This lighthouse is located at a distance of 8 kms from the Mandvi Beach, and the spot would get to see facilities like gardening, landscaping and seating.
The ministry recognized the untapped tourism potential in the vast coastlines of the country, and hence, it has decided to open up lighthouses for tourism opportunities through the Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships (DGLL).
The ministry has undertaken up this initiative with the objective of increasing and developing the existing lighthouses into maritime landmark and unique tourist destinations.
The identified lighthouses are spread across Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Lakshadweep, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.