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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 21 January 2017

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...More

Thank travel m
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

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.

Thank phillipg196
Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

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...More

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Reviewed 20 January 2017

We went there in the morning. Foreigners pay 1500 lkr then you have to line up to hand in your shoes. Then you get into a line to see where the tooth is held but as you get upfront to the small hole in the...More

Thank Raffaellalavitabella
Reviewed 20 January 2017

Beautiful Buddhist temple by the Kandy Lake. As we are told this is something of big importance to Buddhist. There is lots of nice and new things to see, especially for European. I was stunned by the golden canopy over main shrine.statues, symbols and lot...More

Thank Teo O
Reviewed 20 January 2017

Visited in the evening at about 6.30-7pm. Place was crowded. Long walk barefoot.Older people who cannot climb stairs shouldn't visit. It has entrance fee :( You cannot see the tooth though.

Thank Travel E
Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

So definitely worth a view if travelling through Kandy. You will see that this place is popular with both tourists and Westerners. It is worth reading up on this temple before visiting so that you can understand why this temple is considered so sacred. Be...More

Thank AngelicaG123
Reviewed 19 January 2017

There were many many Buddhists who were making their pilgrimage to this sight, therefore it is very crowded. Therefore there were too many people for me to see "the tooth". There was lots of trash outside the temple and around the area where we needed...More

Thank BFK123
Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

If you are Buddhist I am sure it is a must see. However, as world travellers we thought easily missable . Actually quite a rip off ! Save your temple experience for Thailand Laos or Vietnam.

Thank tothai4
Reviewed 19 January 2017

Nice tourist attraction at Kandly, which is nicely kept. UNESCO Heritage site. Visitor amenities are clean and nice. Must visit place for visitors to Kandy

Thank srameshdelhi
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Min J
4 December 2017|
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Response from lightfan | Reviewed this property |
I would think it will be open as they are Buddhists and so don't celebrate Xmas.
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