Colombo (LNW): The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (BOI) has announced the signing of an agreement to establish the first cable car operation in Sri Lanka, offering a unique experience for international travellers and introducing adventure tourism to the country.
The agreement, valued at $4.5 million, was signed with Amber Adventure and Ambuluwawa Biodiversity Centre, with technical and product expertise provided by China Machine-Building International Corporation.
The cable car, spanning 1.5 kilometres, will provide scenic beauty and high-elevation thrills 3500 feet above sea level. Three stations will facilitate entry and exit, with the cable car pathway designed through the biodiversity centre forest range in Ambuluwawa, a biodiversity complex and Sri Lanka’s first multi-religious sanctuary. The ecosystem boasts rich biodiversity, housing 29 endemic species and a total of 126 species.
The cable car experience, set to offer 360-degree views of mountains, forests, rivers, and towns, will showcase the diverse Ambuluwawa region, known for its evergreen forests, flora and fauna, and medicinal plants.
Surrounded by prominent mountains such as Piduruthalagala, Bible Rock, Sri Pada (Adam’s Peak), and the Knuckles Mountain Range, the area provides a cool mountain breeze.
Technical collaboration for the cable car project comes from China Machine-Building International Corporation, a Fortune 500 company established in 1980. The company will provide total integrated solutions for cable cars, including 8 and 6 seats, weatherproof cabins with panoramic views, automatic door opening and closing functions, and a large transportation capacity of about 400 people per hour.
The BOI emphasises that the first cable car experience in Sri Lanka goes beyond adventure, offering a diverse eco, spiritual, and cultural experience for both local and foreign travellers.