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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 yesterday via mobile

Centrally located in city centre with a great view of Kandy Lake. Scenic environment. Buildings well kept. Statues and wall murals interesting. A popular religious site and tourist destination. A few good well maintained structures. Good for a visit and one of Kandy's main attractions.

Thank CKE383
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a spectacle that we don't have in the UK. Queues of people lining up to pray. The temple is remarkably beautiful and it is a totally different experience from anything I've seen before - offerings of flowers. Take care for mosquitoes though, you...More

Thank Helen B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Large temple, lovely floor plan and lots of interesting things to look at. The temple is still very important to local followers, The outside and inside are both good to see. You can leave your shoes at the entrance in a room for a small...More

Thank Bluemargt
Reviewed 3 days ago

There are better places in Sri Lanka, however, this is probably more historic and it is definitely marketed well to visitors.

Thank kmajumdar
Reviewed 4 days ago

Though you dont really see the tooth this building is great, then there is a museum and other buildings also to see. the ceremony is at 9.30 am and you can see the local music as well. Well worth the entrance fee

Thank cathhhhhh
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is the highlight of the area, but it was so busy and hot, so many many people pushing to see this event - but not our thing, it is amazing to see so many buddhists and the depth of their love. very disappointed to...More

Thank Georgina B
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Must see for everyone visiting Kandy. Come here in the evening and spend time with the locals. Every night the door to buddhas tooth is getting opend and people come to pray.

Thank germexcoup
Reviewed 5 days ago

It's an amazing place and a must do if you talk about Sri Lanka. It's county's center of attraction for locals accord to our driver. But we say Sigiriya As tourists. A peaceful place with though vast Buddhists gather for their religious observances. Bit overrated....More

Thank Emma d
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We went in the evening for the ceremony. Incredibly crowded. Ceremony wasn’t worth going for. Maybe if you went when this wasn’t one, place would be less crowded? We had to queue behind hundreds of people & were pushed & jostled up stairs to have...More

Thank Drifffting
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Elephants in chains outside the Temple for tourists entertainment Ivory inside the Temple in full view

Thank SalsaKitty
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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.
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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...