Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
(i) The Hotel +94812235585 firstname.lastname@example.org
Adequate twin room for LKR 1,500.- or US$ 13.50 per night.
(ii) The Olde Empire Hotel +94812224284Nostalgic twin room with a great communal balcony for only LKR 890.- or US$ 8.- per night.
(ii) Click below for an interactive road map of The Olde Empire Hotel in Kandy, which we would recommend, and for directions:
Exploring busy and noisy Kandy which still retains the living traditions of its sovereign kingdom era and learning (i) that Buddha’s holy molar tooth, the traditional symbol of Sinhalese sovereignty and an object of supreme devotion for many Kandyans, which is kept and safeguarded inside the famous Temple of the Sacred Tooth (admission: US$ 10.- per foreigner), measures at least three inches, unlike any human tooth ever known, (ii) that Kandy’s Maligawa Tusker, the strong male elephant who carries this remarkable tooth during the Esala Perahera, must fulfil a couple of peculiar physical requirements (e.g. all seven parts of the elephant's body, namely his four legs, his trunk, his penis and his tail, must touch the ground when he stands upright), and (iii) that Robert Knox, a British traveller and captain in the service of the British East India Company, observed already in 1660 CE about the proud aristocratic Kandyans: “They make no account nor conscience of lying, neither it is any shame or disgrace to them, if they be catched in telling lies; it is so customary...”
“I don't mind being called a liar. I am. I am a marvelous liar. But I hate being called a liar when I'm telling the perfect truth.”
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