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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 26 October 2016

I loved this temple! It is true one does not get to see the casket that carries the tooth but I did not have a problem with that. It is a very sacred item and it is kept safe for most of the time... It...More

Thank AR2006
Reviewed 25 October 2016

What a treat it was to go into the Temple of the Tooth - the historic significance was overwhelming. The temple is absolutely stunning and so very peaceful. The lotus flowers offered to Buddha are a beautiful sight. I highly recommend spending a few hours...More

Thank Niki K
Reviewed 25 October 2016

Stunning example of a boodhist arcitecture. Essential site for better understanding of Sri Lankan tradition and history.

Thank klav
Reviewed 25 October 2016

There's not much to see here. You don't even get to see the casket that the tooth is kept in. Unless you are on a pilgrimage or a Buddhist, it's not worth the trip.

Thank Claremont77
Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

This temple asking for money.ticket. Cost 1500/-.for foreign peoples.in the world there is no any temples ask money.but in srilanka they're asking to buy tickets

Thank khairasif23
Reviewed 24 October 2016

We went there late afternoon to see the temple in sunset light which puts all the colours in a warm light. The temple consists of a two-storey building with the inner sacred area on level 2. Evey day at 6.30 pm there is a ceremony...More

1  Thank Andreas C
Reviewed 24 October 2016

such an experience to come here and watch the ceremony. It is a very holy place and something you will never forget.

Thank carmellasoprano
Reviewed 24 October 2016

Sri Daladha Maligawa is a very sacred place. Although it is crowded by people the staff of Sr Daladha maligawa manage the crowd perfectly and ensure security of people.

Thank Venuja
Reviewed 24 October 2016

A big queue to visit the temple. It is worthwhile to get a glimpse of the sanctum sanctorum. There is an interesting story around the manner the tooth was carried to Sri Lanka. Some good sculpture adorns the temple.

1  Thank Baljit8122
Reviewed 23 October 2016

We were inside the Tooth Temple by 09:30 at the Drummer's Courtyard to see the door of the main shrine opening. It is a very interesting ritual which only occurs 3 times a day I believe. The drummers and a horn will play for an...More

Thank Linda S
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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