India’s Ministry of Tourism has revealed plans to drive tourism to the country’s lighthouses.
As part of a broader project to develop tourism on the country’s coasts and islands, a group comprising the Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Shipping, the Indian Coast Guard and other stakeholders has now submitted a report to the government that highlights 78 lighthouses that could be developed as tourist attractions.
The report stated that these lighthouses – 44 of which are on the mainland and 34 on islands – could be incorporated into large-scale tourism projects, “including recreation facilities such as water sports, resorts, light and sound shows”.
Thirteen of the lighthouses are located in Maharashtra and Goa, while 12 are in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, 10 are in Gujarat, 10 are in Kerala’s Lakshadweep islands, and eight are in mainland Kerala. Others are located in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal.
A report on the “holistic development of islands” has been submitted to the Ministry of Home Affairs.