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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 yesterday via mobile

Seems to be the main place to visit. Go to this temple only if you have limited time like us. Includes admission to the museum

Thank Njall C
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Described as the number one tourist attraction in Kandy, we were quite disappointed after our visit to this temple. Given that this site is free to visit for locals, we found the €8 entry fee a bit too much for what we got to see...More

Thank Pieter-Jan C
Reviewed yesterday

Very beautiful grounds in good order, we had a private tour guide/driver throughout our 12 day trip who made everything that much better by his depth of knowledge. So a nice tour guide is an added bonus. My only gripe was I had a tank...More

Thank Alison W
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The temple was nicer and more interesting than what we were expecting. The Temple is stunning inside and definitely worth a couple of hours wandering around. It's understandably a very spiritual place for Buddhists and tourists alike and so being mindful of those praying is...More

Thank Natalie M
Reviewed 2 days ago

I visited this temple in Kandy some time ago. It was long before August 2016 but that's as far back as system will take us. I don't recall any high charges that more recent 'pilgrims' are speaking of. Times change for sure. The heat and...More

Thank Aunt_Pearl
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed our visit to the Temple and gives a further insight into Sri Lankan Buddhist culture. The room which holds the stupa containing the tooth was very impressive. There's also a museum on the grounds worth paying a visit to. Remember to cover up...More

Thank POC-CW
Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited this site with friends. It is a UNESCO world heritage site believed to hold a tooth of Buddha from 483 BC. We struggled to find a parking space then our driver hired a guide to take us around. I've never known a guide...More

Thank Deryn H
Reviewed 2 days ago

It is obviously a place of historical and religious significance and the most important attraction in Kandy - so it is definitely worth seeing. But I could not help being slightly underwhelmed by it all. There's just a lot less to it than to many...More

Thank tommyboy83
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed our afternoon at the temple. The nice surprise was all the additional museums & out buildings to enjoy as well. Such a unique & sacred place for those that worship. Overall a very lovely experience.

Thank Aussie_Pearl
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visited during the evening ceremony at around 6.30pm. Entrance fee for foreigners 1,500rupees. The temple was very crowded with a lot of both tourists and locals. Be patient as the queue moves slowly. Also remember to cover your legs and shoulders ( men and...More

Thank Conor H
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if661 .
9 March 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
2 March 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.
31 January 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