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Address: Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
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+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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Tip: if you are visiting on a sunny day, wear socks because the pavement gets VERY hot. Temple is interesting but it is not set up for tourists with explains and signs. This is... read more

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The temple is aursome, a special place full of history, very busy, so an experienced quite is essential, words cannot explain what you feel and experience. The quides should make sure you pay the correct amounts as some can take advantage also they will know where to go to see the most and avoid major queuing.

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Jersey, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

When visiting this temple it is best to go early in the morning ,be prepared to wait if you want to see the tooth relic it is not always on view, people buy flowers to take to the Buddha and there are loads of people ,the museum next door is very interesting ...

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A must visit whilst in Kandy. Stunning temple with so much history and culture. Not surprisingly gets very very busy although everyone remains very polite.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Tip: if you are visiting on a sunny day, wear socks because the pavement gets VERY hot. Temple is interesting but it is not set up for tourists with explains and signs. This is primarily a place of worship with a lot of cultural significance. Best thing for info is the world Buddhism museum behind the temple. Your ticket to... More 

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Tangalle, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Temple of Tooth houses the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. Three times a day people flock to the temple for the pooka ceremony. Here offerings are made to Buddha and the monks before the shine which houses the Tooth relic is revealed for public viewing for 15 minutes only. As a result expect a crowd and a bit... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the main attractions in Kandy and a must see temple and museum. The Tooth relic itself was hidden away, so not visible at the time we visited.

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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The relic in the Temple of the Tooth is intricately bound to the Buddhist Sri Lankan identity and nationhood. It is an impressive site with a rich and varied history attached to Buddha's tooth and its protection by the Sinhalese kings.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Not quite sure why the "foreigner" admission is so high, but there doesn't seem to be much justification for it. The temple itself is not really that interesting unless you are a Buddhist. There is no tourist pamphlet or literature to help you understand the interior, although we read stuff from the guide books that helped a little. We toured... More 

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A great introduction to Buddhism and a warm experience. Pristinely maintained, it is definitely a must see despite the steep entrance fee

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Temple of tooth is the building that keep relic of Buddha. Sinhalese kings vow to protect this relic and they have build places near the relic and who ever possess the relic had the right to rule the kingdom of Sri Lanka. So past kings protected it with all their might. That's why they have built fortress around it. Kandy... More 

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