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“A Worthwhile Experience”

Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa)
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Private Tour: Kandy Day Tour from Colombo
Ranked #1 of 77 things to do in Kandy
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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“A Worthwhile Experience”
Reviewed April 6, 2014 via mobile

We were staying at the Club Bentota Hotel in Aluthgama and visited The Sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic as part of a two day trip to Kandy.
We arrived at nightfall and our first impression was how beautiful it looked lit up with the river in the background, lovely.
We went through security and those who's knees were not covered were given a sarong to cover up with. It is custom when visiting Buddhist temples that both your shoulders and knees should be covered. You also hand in your shoes until you leave.
There were hundreds of people bearing flowers for Buddha and heading inside the temple to pray and hoping to catch a glimpse of the golden outer casket they believe to hold Buddha's tooth.
We were lucky enough to get a glimpse ourselves and considered it an honour to be allowed to share in this experience as it is only possible to get to see this relic for 15 minutes a few times a day before it is locked away again. Also many religions do not allow 'outsiders' to see inside their places of worship so we considered it a privilege.
The temple is extremely beautiful with its intricate paintings and we found the history fascinating.
It's wonderful that it means so much the people who visit every day and not being particularly religious ourselves found their dedication to their belief a very humbling experience.

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“Worth seeing if you are in the vicinity”
Reviewed April 5, 2014

We were staying on the SW coast of Sri Lanka for seven days and then planned to have 2 nights in Colombo before flying home. Decided to visit Kandy on the journey to Colombo. Had completely underestimated the time it takes to travel relatively short distances in Sri Lanka. took five hours to get there and four hours to do the 115km back to Colombo. So if you plan to tour round Sri Lanka expect to spend lots of time sitting in a car.

However, the 1.5 hours we spent in the Temple of the Tooth was very interesting. Our driver explained lots of interesting facts. You need to leave your shoes at the main entrance and it costs 1000 Rs each to get in (you do get a free DVD as part of the entrance fee). In places the paving slabs were very hot, we noticed some people had socks which was a great idea, so you might want to carry some socks just in case.

Visited April 2014
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“If you are not Buddhist feel the atmosphere in the temple”
Reviewed April 5, 2014

Without experimenting and without seeing things from a different angle you are left with what you have. I am not Buddhist, but I enjoy the religious atmosphere in the temple. People are genuinely paying their respect and hope for blessing in the temple. I believe it is fundamental need in every human. Go and experience it yourself.

Visited March 2014
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“Unless you are a believer, don't feel bad if you have to miss this”
Reviewed April 5, 2014

I feel uncomfortable rating a holy site as a tourist attraction and do not wish to give offence. From the outside the temple complex with its lakeside location is very picturesque. However, inside is so crowded that it is impossible to see anything (if indeed there is very much to see) and it is very unpleasant being pushed along in the press of bodies in the heat.

I should point out that the crowds are overwhelmingly devotees bringing flower offerings, not tourists, and that is well and good. I have seen more interesting Buddhist temples however (generally more off the beaten track).

Kandy offers more enjoyable places for the tourist (the Botanical Gardens and tea factories for example) so spend your time there.

The bar of the immediately adjacent Queen's Hotel is a reasonable place to get a cold drink or pot of tea to cool off after the temple visit.

Visited March 2014
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“Hayes & Jarvis tour”
Reviewed April 5, 2014

A holy place and very busy. View of the Tooth casket very limited but soak up the atmosphere. The stuffed elephant a bit sad.

Visited March 2014
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