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Address: Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94 81 2 234226
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5:30 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:30 am - 8:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Temple of the tooth

Crazy busy, little expensive if you include the guide, be sure to wear long pants, guide was 2000rupee, probably worth it, as we avoided most of the queues, plus some interesting... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Crazy busy, little expensive if you include the guide, be sure to wear long pants, guide was 2000rupee, probably worth it, as we avoided most of the queues, plus some interesting information. Need to pay for shoe storage, be sure to have a small note! Was caught out duh! Cost 1500 entrance, 2000 guide, 500 shoe storage.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The entrance fee is 1500 lkr + 50 lkr for shoe handling. The staff was rude and we practically had to fight our way through guides offering us 1000 lkr guided tours through the temple. All together you just get a really bad feeling that this is a money making machine rather than a religious, spiritual place. When we got... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This being a buddhist temple, we expected a calm surroundings. But, surprised to see huge crowd. Later our guide informed that it was a full moon day and an auspicious day for the locals. Despite the crowd, it was not noisy. Had a pleasant visit

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Be prepared - we went on a quiet day with our driver and it was madness!! So many people racing around to see the different parts of the temple during ceremony time. Amazing levels of detail throughout the temple and also a lot of very interesting history. I personally am not religious but always find temples very calming. Despite the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Kandy is a wonderful city in sri lanka.when we have time we always like to visit temple of the tooth relic.it's really peaceful place and awesome cultural experience.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Although my husband and I had a private guide, I basically could not grasp the ardor of entire complex. Actually, it was so crowded, I was literally a sardine within the spectacle. I loathe such extreme crowding. However, I subsequently viewed the photos my husband had taken while researching each exhibition on the internet. THEN I appreciated each picture/exhibit. I... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Cost to enter for an English person was 1500LKR (Depending On what country you're from determines the cost of entry!! Shocking I know!!) The shoe guy tries to make you give him 100 rupees to look after your shoes but he leaves it on the side and doesn't put it in the money box (so put it in the money... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We were here around 6.30 pm because of the ceremony which took place. As we didn't make use of a guided tour, we had no clue what was going on. Still, the whole complex is very impressive and it also lets you see a bit of the local culture. Must see if you visit Kandy

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were lucky to accidentally visit on a poya day, and we took part in it as my husband is Buddhist. It was extremely crowded but peaceful, and we certainly don't regret taking the time to make our way into the city just for this.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The location is very nice and special. The temple itself is ok unless you are Buddhist as there is one of the Buddha tooth. Sunset the best the place to go.

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