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“Very atmospheric!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa)

Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa)
Palace Square, Kandy, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #4 of 27 attractions in Kandy
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
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Owner description: 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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“Very atmospheric!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

As the main 'attraction' in Kandy for both natives of Sri Lanka and visitors to the country crowds are an inevitability. However the mystical atmosphere is if anything intensified by this. Don't worry if you don't actually get to see the casket at close quarters. A DVD is given to visitors with the entry ticket so you can see what you missed. Just soak up the atmosphere, the sound of drumming, the scent of the flowers and the fabulous colours!

Visited July 2013
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“The highlight of out trip to Kandy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

We went early and were seated outside the small temple where people make their offerings.We stayed here for 1/12 hours just taking in the atmosphere with drums etc playing and throngs of people queuing then pausing for a few moments of viewing this sacred relic. Loved the love on the faces of all Sri lankans not only from Kandy but I guess fro all over Sri Lanka and further. There are other temples etc to visit here as well.dress appropriately and try to keep your photos to a minimum as this is a Holy Place to all Buddhists

Visited July 2013
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“Worth to visit!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

We have been to many Buddhist temples in Thailand. But this one is most important. This one is huge and very beautiful. It was really crowded but amazing. Definitely worthwhile and the main attraction in Kandy.

Visited May 2013
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“Don't expect to see the Sacred Tooth Relic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

The road from Colombo to Kandy is a very busy one: tuk-tuks, motorbykes, vans, buses, trucks, cars, bycicles, loud horns and pedestrians share the road on both directions. The traffic is crazy and heavy. Finally, three hours later, we arrived in Kandy, the former Sri Lankan kings capital, to visit the famous Sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic, housed in the Royal Palace complex. A magnificent construction, very beautiful, on the shores of Kandy Lake, great paintings on its ceilings, full of candles and offerings to Buddhist deities. Inside, the holy shrine that keeps the last physical relic of Sidharta Gautama: the canine tooth of Lord Buddha, brought from India by Princess Hemamali and her husband, Prince Dantha, hidden in the hair of the Princess, to escape from hindu vandals. All right, it took us three hours get there, we paid an expensive entrance fee, hired a guide whose English was terrible, the place was overcrowded and we didn't even get close to the relic. The sacred tooth is only seen during the religious festivals of July and August. But I do not regret all the trouble. It was quite an adventure and one has to go through it all. Otherwise, it is not Kandy. Enjoy!

Visited February 2013
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013 via mobile

I enjoyed this temple and found it rather interesting but I haven't been to a Buddhist temple before (my friends had and were not that impressed). However, I did get frustrated with the large crowds and constant requests for a donation. On balance, if you are in Kandy it's worth a visit.

Visited July 2013
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