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Address: Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94 812 234 226,
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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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Very nice in the evening without entering the temple

we visited the temple in the evening. it is very nice to look at with all the little lights. we didn't go inside were you have to pay 1000 rupees.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Doha, Qatar
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

This temple is still being attended by worshippers and I dont think tourists will enjoy their time for the fact that it is very crowded and very loud.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The sight of the chained up elephants when you first walk into the grounds of the temple was very upsetting. Taking your shoes off and having to walk bare feet was unpleasant, so j would suggest taking socks to cover your feet! I saw multiple people who's feet were black from the walk around the temple. I would suggest finding... More 

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Lucerne, Switzerland
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we visited the temple in the evening. it is very nice to look at with all the little lights. we didn't go inside were you have to pay 1000 rupees.

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Having some from the city to explain everything, made it very interesting to see everything and know about the history and story of the castle.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

You have to experience it. For us it took a little less than an hour to get in but be there early in the morning. Also ignore all the 'guides' around the place. I can't imagine the horror of being in the line with one of them all the time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Unfortunately our guide seemed to be in a bit of a hurry and tried to rush us through. He gave some basic information but let us figure out the rest for ourselves. He was prearranged by our driver and all the other previous prearranged guides had been fantastic. we did let our driver know and he was also not happy... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Must see in Kandy. Go there to see the daily ceremonie and listen to the prayers and smell the incents.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A wonderful experience to see the temple of the sacred tooth. When in Sri Lanka, you have to see such an important building. Thanks to our well-informed guide, the tour was very informative and a moving experience. It was so nice to see so many believers with full faith praying, despite the crowds of tourists walking everywhere and taking photos.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A visit not to be missed while in Kandy or while passing through Kandy. Don't forget to visit the museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We took a guide around the shrine: he'd welcomed the queen in 1954, took Prince Charles round and two days earlier had taken the head of Unesco so he was a great choice. We visited on the moonday (full moon day is a public holiday) on the last day of perehera so it was extremely busy with worshippers - which... More 

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