Hotel owners fleece pilgrims
Several pilgrims complain that some hotel owners in Kataragama are
selling food items at exorbitant prices. Pilgrims from North and East
are fleeced. According to them some hotels charged Rs.20 for a plain
tea, Rs.35 for a tea bun and Rs.175 for a plate of vegetable rice.
And when they inquired about the high prices of food they behave in
high handed manner threatening to assault them.
They said they belonged to the low income group and come to
Kataragama annually to pay respect to God Skanda.
"Throughout the year we collect money for our annual pilgrimage to
It is hardly enough for the trip but we come to Kataragama with our
families spending money. So it is very unfair to exploit our money
selling food at exorbitant prices.
These hotels do not have price lists. Our areas were under LTTE those
days. Kataragama is a predominantly a Sinhala area where all communities
live in harmony and we the outsiders to this sacred land do not wish to
create chaos with anybody over these fraudulent activities the pilgrims