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Temple of the Gadaladenia

Address: Kandy, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #20 of 31 Attractions in Kandy
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This is a very small temple and not really interesting. The setting is nice, but the temple itself is nothing special. OK, it's (very) old. Normally these kind of temples are free of charge, but they charge you 300 Rps per person without giving any information. I understand that you need some funding for maintanance, but normally this money is... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Built during the early Kandy Kindom Kings, Gadaladeniya is a temple built with Stone. The temple building shows Hindu architecture, while the buddha statue is created as "Pallawa" tradition. The buddha statue had been plated with Gold, but it has been decayed. You could see glazed ceramic tiles laid inside the temple which are hundreds of year old.

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Kandy
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

One of the key places to visit while anyone passing through Kandy, but sadly the money money money is the slogan. As a Sri Lankan I get disgusted when locals and foreigners have to pay a different fee to visit these Buddhist religious places.

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Lagos, Nigeria
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40 reviews 40 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Interesting to go to see one of the smaller temples. No need to worry about the crowds here - there weren't any. The artistry is fantastic and the colours amazing.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

outside kandy lies this beautiful temple. Although not as important as the temple of the tooth, this place has been once as important in the 14th century. worth the visit if you like to go far and beyond the normal tourist attractions

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maine
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60 reviews 60 reviews
26 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I would recommend visiting the three temples described here rather than any one. Each temple has a different atmosphere and design. After a drive of about 30 minutes outside of Kandy, nestled in the hills lie three beautiful, yet different temples built in the late 1500s by King Buwanekabahu IV (1341 to 1351) and his successors. The three temples, Gadaladeniya... More 

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India
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37 reviews 37 reviews
23 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Out of the three Lonely Planet recommended temples this is the worst. 2 years on it still has scaffolding and corrigated iron covering most of the outside. With an entrance fee of Rs 300 we did't even bother going in. There are plenty of other temples around that are just as good if not better.

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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
22 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

that is nice temple with old arts.that is hidden gem in this area qeit calm and nice place to with. recommended this place.

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Copenhagen
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58 reviews 58 reviews
32 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

If you are tired of Kandy city and the Tooth temple then take a rickshaw up the hill and visit this temple. Very relaxed, plenty to see and not too many guests. When I was there the man who sold the tickets was also sitting outside selling his paintings. I thought they were good so i talked with him. He... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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89 reviews 89 reviews
32 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

This does not get as many tourists, and hence we found the place very calm. The structure is simple, but some of the sculptures are very well done. And the Buddha statue is very impressive. But the reason that made our visit to this temple more special was the caretaker of the temple - D. Rathnayake. He clearly cares for... More 

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