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Address: Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
Phone Number:
+94 81 2 234226
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05:30 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 05:30 - 20:00
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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The Temple of the Tooth was a very interesting place to visit, however it gets quite crowded. Don't forget to cover your knees and shoulders, and be aware that you'll have to... read more

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Abingdon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

That will be my lasting memory of this attraction. Everywhere one looked there were people carrying flowers as offerings to the Buddha. Inside the temple the flowers were piled high and although cash offerings were also being made the flowers seemed to be the favourite. Due to timing constraints we were not able to see the actual ceremony at the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The Temple of the Tooth was a very interesting place to visit, however it gets quite crowded. Don't forget to cover your knees and shoulders, and be aware that you'll have to remove your shoes at the entrance (they ask for a small donation when you get your shoes back).

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Raumati Beach, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I visited the temple in the evening about 6 pm. It was cooler and everything looked beautiful in the glow of the late day sun. I was very lucky to chance upon the opening of the golden casket holding the relic of buddhas tooth! There was much pomp and ceremony with many monks, drumming, praying and lots of flower offerings!... More 

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We went on our tour with our private guide. He was a Buddhist himself so was very passionate about it all and informed us ok everything. It was absolute madness but all very organised and well laid out. Everyone was there to worship or appreciate it as a foreigner. Nothing like madness at a drunken festival with rude and violent... More 

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The most sacred Buddhist place in the island, safeguarding the relic of Buddha's tooth. Is best enjoyed in the afternoon, before the evening puja, giving you time to see the museums as well. You can always return for the evening puja (downstairs) and see the Tooth (upstairs). Entrance is 1500LKR for foreigners (no control though), including the museums. Shoe holders... More 

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It doesn't matter in what religion you are believing or if you are not a believer at all, this you don't want to miss.

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Probably best to avoid public holidays. It was too crowded to get close to anything, including the tooth casket. The 6.30pm ceremony had extremely loud drums and not much else! On a quiet day, it would be more atmospheric and enjoyable.

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The temple is beautiful (inside). A lot of different rooms to see, amazing statues, ... But it is like in the Vatican if you ever been here, you have to follow the queue, and at the moment to see the "stupa" where you have the tooth, be prepare and ready, you will have 5 sec to see it.

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

As a Sri Lankan i visited more than 20 times to this place. If you are a traveler out side from sri lanka, you should read about the Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) before visit. It will help you to explore the impotence of this place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Temple of the Scared Tooth Relic is the primary Buddhist Institution in Sri Lanka and is one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world. It was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988. For that reason alone it deserves a visit.

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