While most of them who board the daily Colombo-Tiruchy flight are transit passengers, travel operators say tourists have not been planning holiday trips to Sri Lanka for safety reasons.
Having lain low for more than two years due to Covid, tourism has bounced back in the state.
Police sources said the bus with around 70 passengers, mostly women and children of Sultanpur village under Udayanarayanapur district in West Bengal had left for touring Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.
Chinese government has blocked foreign tourists from visiting since the pandemic hit in early 2020 and has told the Chinese public to avoid foreign travel that isn't essential for business or study.
The 18-member team of tourists from Andra Pradesh was heading to Munnar from Chinnakkanal in three cars when one vehicle lost control and fell into the gorge at Lockhart Gap near Munnar.
India's first Bharat Gaurav Tourist Train will make its maiden journey on June 21 with 600 passengers
The railway has approved the routes to run this train on the Ramayana Circuit, which has been identified under Swadesh Darshan scheme covering prominent places associated with life of Lord Shri Rama.
These packages include budget non-AC hotel accommodation with twin or triple sharing basis, pure vegetarian meals, and sightseeing.
Among the 11 tourists were three women and a minor from Remuna in Balasore who had gone to have Kalijai darshan.
The train is fitted with a well equipped pantry car for rustling up freshly made vegetarian meal for the tourists.
The Ministry of Tourism may kindly build basic infrastructure in all the Buddhist Circuits in Odisha and Jharkhand.
The data will be collected by the state governments and Union Territories. The ministry will facilitate the survey and provide financial assistance to carry it out.
The IATA also said tourist visas with a validity of 10 years are no longer valid.
He said the issue was also taken up with Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar during a meeting in Dushanbe in September last year.
The sector is likely to witness a positive flow throughout the summer this year.
Besides domestic visitors, group tours from north India have also begun | Some less-frequented destinations saw a ten-fold increase in footfall