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Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa)

Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
+94 81 2 234226
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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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Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
+94 81 2 234226
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Reviewed August 29, 2016

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...More

Thank crazygecko
Reviewed August 29, 2016 via mobile

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

Thank LauraatjeNL
Reviewed August 29, 2016

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...More

Thank joannefeghaly2015
Reviewed August 29, 2016

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

Thank Nishal S
Reviewed August 29, 2016 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)...More

Thank Graham K
Reviewed August 28, 2016

If you are planing to visit Sri Lanka, you must visit Kandy and Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa), you should aware of the dress code before you visit this holy place. They do not accept short dresses, better wear something long and very...More

Thank Nilakshi2015
Reviewed August 28, 2016 via mobile

You must visit this temple when the open the door of the holy temple and you can see the peregrine offers and relic.

Thank rfr_bcn
Reviewed August 28, 2016 via mobile

What a temple! So simple yet so pious. My deepest respects. Wonderful flow throughout the Temple, lots to read and reflect upon. So nice to see so many devotees there with full faith praying.

Thank Jayesh P
Reviewed August 28, 2016 via mobile

Kandy the cultural capital of Sri Lanka and home to the temple of the sacred tooth this is a stunning building built around 1687. Our party of 7 were guided through the buildings with our trusty guide Manu knees and shoulders must be covered on...More

2  Thank Darren E
Reviewed August 28, 2016

I have visited many Budhist temples throughout asia but did not find this to be a good one. As a westerner there was not enough information available to explain the history of this building and the tooth of Budda that it is supposed to house....More

Thank jimbrian2016
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if661 .
March 8, 2017|
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Response from Tarek K | Reviewed this property |
1 to 1.5 hrs....many other places to see around in kandy...
Maryam S
March 2, 2017|
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Response from ashwini s | Reviewed this property |
It's USD 10. approx Rs1000. Do take a guide so that you may enjoy the place with getting knowledge about it. Also avoid going on Sundays or public holidays. It becomes very crowded.
January 31, 2017|
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Response from birderPa | Reviewed this property |
Gosh, I am not sure as I just followed my g adventures guide. But I expect it is always open. The midday sun is hot, if it is a sunny day. The DVD they gave me shows Morning Thewawa as 5:30 am to 9:30 am. I think the temple... More