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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

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 Maligawa | Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
+94 81 2 234226
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Reviewed today

Very well maintained, inspite of so many devotees and tourists. very clean and neatly maintained.. there is a provision for keeping your footwear too..

Thank 721harlanh
Reviewed today

This is actually the castle of the last king of Kandy, which has been transformed into a temple. It holds the tooth of Lord Buddha & is the holiest & most sacred place for Buddhists in Sri Lanka. As someone from Kandy, I visit the...More

Thank Dhushan
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This was a temple and strict code on dress has to be past the knees. There is a museum inside and can spend about an hour in it. We got there and then seen the ceremony at 6.30pm as we had been in an hour....More

1  Thank Unar123
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Very nice to see, you don’t get the chance to see the actual casket but its an interesting place to visit. Can get crowded but best to go in the morning.

Thank GarethSW
Reviewed yesterday

It is a magnificent temple. A huge amount of pilgrims and so many tourists where there. The architecture and budhist ornamental design was so atractiv. It is one of the most beautiful temples.

Thank Shahria Y
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a must see right downtown in Kandy. The temple is great but you get little time to view the tooth, especially on holidays when the lines are long. Go early in the day.

Thank Doreen O
Reviewed 2 days ago

If you want to feel peace and emotional balance go to this Temple! Bring beautiful lotuses to the Buddha and meditate there!

Thank yogaswami70
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit. We ended up being part of the viewing of the Tooth which all happened very quickly but was a great experience. It happened by accident really but you can easily do it yourself by visiting around 9.30am and just follow...More

Thank WolsOnHols
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is an amazing place. Lots of ceremony which is very atmospheric. Loads of tourists but well controlled. Lots of different parts to give the background to the religion. A 'must visit'.

Thank Coyote1001
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The temple is a real treat to the eyes and it oozes with architectural grandeur. It’s very well maintained and so peaceful. People of all age groups and all nationalities are allowed into the people but be sure to follow the dress code for entering...More

Thank ck_194b
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Nirmala H
30 October 2017|
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Response from Michael D | Reviewed this property |
Apologies, Nirmala. I do not know what countries are within the(?) SAARC. For foreigners from the EU, USA and Australia, at least, these people are required to pay a small fee for entrance into the whole temple complex... More
Zainab A
24 August 2017|
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Response from Aditya_salian | Reviewed this property |
There is no color mandated, but as suggested by others, you have to dress appropriately for a temple - Basically no shorts or sleeveless tops. In case you are wearing sleeveless, you can always drape a scarf around your... More
Amila M
29 July 2017|
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Response from Alison W | Reviewed this property |
Next to the Kandy City shopping Complex there is one, our driver parked he for a fee and it's a small walking distance to walk there.