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Address: Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94 812 234 226,
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Sri Dalada Maligawa (Sinhala: ශ්‍රී දළදා මාළිගාව) or The Temple of the...

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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Fascinating with thousands visiting. Many different rooms and much history. Lots of gold. Great elephant story ceremony in august.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Fascinating with thousands visiting. Many different rooms and much history. Lots of gold. Great elephant story ceremony in august.

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited the temple once while we were in Kandy. We went about 6pm and stayed for an hour. There were lots of people but it is worth going. Required clothes: Men - need pants or sorong that covers your legs. Women - need pants, dress or sorong that covers your legs. Also no dresses with 'slits' in them that... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited here first thing in the morning. It was still busy then. Make sure you wear appropriate clothing to make the most of all the various rooms held here. Parts very ornate and all telling a story. If you fall lucky every 6 years there is a procession parading the replica relic on elephants. If not you can see its... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Not being Buddhists, we decided to visit the temple during the day (not when the casket is displayed) because we heard about the huge crowds. It was fairly quiet when we went so we visited the museum as well. It was really interesting to learn about the history of the tooth and see all the items donated by royalty around... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

no entrance charge to the grounds which were fantastic and only nominal charge to enter the shrine. Q to see the relic or library were long, but rest of site easily accessable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great temple to visit. Several different rooms and a museum on site. We were there during the ceremony and it was a great experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited during the evening ceremony when they open the shrine to the tooth relic. It was extremely busy, but I feel it was completely worth it. It's a beautiful building and a must see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

cool place to visit. very silent and beautiful place. one of the popular and proud place for the sri lankans.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Beautiful location, well maintained inside, chaotic outside with vendors outdoing each other trying to hardsell, very busy and thronged by local devotees, the temple complex itself is impressive as are the smaller adjoining buildings. Very different from Buddhist temples in Nepal, Thailand, Laos, etc. Very worth visiting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It is one of the wonderful Buddha temples, must visit if you are in Kandy, Sri Lanka. The entry fees for tourists is not that high, you need to go inside bare feet.

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