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Address: Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
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+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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A very interesting place. We joined lots of local people all taking their flower offerings into the temple. Very peaceful. Another room had paintings around the walls which told... read more

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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The title says it all. Very busy. We went on a Sunday & were constantly in a crowd of people shoulder to shoulder inside the temple. We couldn't go near the tooth, only local religious people could and we paid a high entrance fee to get in so we were disappointed. Once outside in the gardens the crowds were less.... More 

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Quite expensive to go in. It was very busy and struggled to in fact see the tooth. Nice to walk around though

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A very interesting place. We joined lots of local people all taking their flower offerings into the temple. Very peaceful. Another room had paintings around the walls which told the story of Buddha and his tooth which were very interesting. There are very strict rules regarding everybody having their legs and arms covered. It is a shame "foreigners" have to... More 

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Arrived in time for a 9:30 a.m. ceremony, the second of three each day. Very busy, but a mix of tourists and proper worshippers so the whole temple had a truly spiritual feel and I like the fact that you are all bare footed so connecting with the place in a fully tactile as well as spiritual way. Do leave... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Crowded temple. Too many people to see tooth. Not worth the visit. All temples in Sri lanka are very similar. There are many others that can be visited free of charge with no crowds.

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One of the best experiences i had during my visit to kandy. It is such a beautiful temple. The museum is very informative. Be aware of the tour guides around the temple who'd charge so much from tourists. The attire is stricter than other places. Knee length isn't permitted in the temple.

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What can one day, the temple with the tooth of Buddha in it, one of the most important places for Sri Lankans. If you are moving around Sri Lanka then you should call into Kandy to visit. There is a no shoe policy as with most temples. We had a guide as part of our tour but not needed if... More 

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We visited as it was supposed to be on the must see attraction list! unfortunately wasn't worth the travel as there is nothing much in the temple/museum Temple was closed and unfortunately only foreigners are ticketed and that too for a temple is audacious The place where you leave your footwear is the next gamble place, the guide along with... More 

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This is a place most sacred to Buddhists but also visited by tourists of all faiths. The temple has plenty of history, details of which are plentifully available on Google. Recommended.

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Amazing! Be aware of tour guides who will want to rip you off. I've seen shoe keepers dig into the money box kept there. They will force you to put money in it. Don't be fooled by the notes that are currently in the money box for the shoe keepers since it's controlled by them. Put as much as 50rs!... More 

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