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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

| Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
+94 81 2 234226
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Sri Dalada Maligawa (Sinhala: ශ්‍රී දළදා මාළිගාව) or The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex which houses the Relic of the tooth of Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sinhalese kings and is a UNESCO world heritage site partly due to the temple. The temple which houses the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha is one of the holiest shrines in the entire Buddhist world.
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| Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
+94 81 2 234226
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Reviewed 22 November 2016

I went early in the morning and ambled around for a few hours, totally fascinating the museums at the temple are well worth taking your time walking through and reading everything that you can. The museum of Buddhism around the world is extremely interesting and...More

Thank nols59
Reviewed 22 November 2016

We made sure that we visited the Temple at the time of the worship ceremony, so we could see the dagoba which houses the tooth. We joined the queue on the left, going into the room, which meant that we got a little closer to...More

Thank that_jon
Reviewed 22 November 2016

We where lucky enough to have a guide take us here to make sure we followed local custom and tradition, he got us there at a time to "see" the relic which was quite an experience as it did get a bit jostly but definitely...More

Thank henrik1967
Reviewed 22 November 2016

Try and find out when the prayer times are as it's really bustling then. Men - you have to cover up too - we didn't know that and got charged 1500 Rps for a very fetching skirt for the man!

Thank hp594
Reviewed 22 November 2016

definitely worth the visit if you have any buddhist or meditative inclination. It is located in a beautiful setting. The experience of seeing such a level of kindness and devotion from the temple visitors was very humbling.

Thank Luc M
Reviewed 21 November 2016

Really enjoyed our visit to The Temple of The Tooth, however, it get's very crowded. Make sure you bring a sarong/appropriate clothing otherwise it might be difficult to enter.

1  Thank sergiotheexplorer
Reviewed 21 November 2016

It was a normal temple. breezed through it in 5 minutes. I recommend you go outside and admire the wooden columns. You need to enter it barefoot. so if you are hygiene conscious make sure you bring your SOCKS before you come in. I didn't...More

Thank Gastronomica_lady
Reviewed 21 November 2016

We were staying at the Queen's Hotel about 100 meters from the Temple of the Tooth and ambled over at about 6pm. The place was heaving with people and we learnt that at 6.30pm they would open the door of the room where the Tooth...More

1  Thank Jill C
Reviewed 21 November 2016

It was very nice to walk in the gardens & then wander around the museum. The ceremony itself is noisy but interesting & there are hundreds of people waiting Round with beautiful smelling water lilies & lotuses to present as offerings

1  Thank Tez_Shaz_Bali
Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

This is a beautiful temple, even more interesting given its history which dates back to the era of King Ashoka. One doesn't really get to see the tooth Relic per say as it's covered and under protection of government. The temple is truly magnificent and...More

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Amila M
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Response from Alison W | Reviewed this property |
Next to the Kandy City shopping Complex there is one, our driver parked he for a fee and it's a small walking distance to walk there.
if661 .
8 March 2017|
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Response from Tarek K | Reviewed this property |
1 to 1.5 hrs....many other places to see around in kandy...
Maryam S
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Response from ashwini s | Reviewed this property |
It's USD 10. approx Rs1000. Do take a guide so that you may enjoy the place with getting knowledge about it. Also avoid going on Sundays or public holidays. It becomes very crowded.