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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

| Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
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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
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Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

Our driver is a devoted Buddhist and was kind enough to take us along with him to the temple. We arrived around 9 am and there was already a queue for the ceremony at 9.30. He bought some flowers to sacrifice, so we did the...More

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Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

Worst temple so far in Sri Lanka. Not worth the entrance fee. Drums banging all the time, standing in a long que to see a gold and glitter covered room with the tooth(?) for 10 seconds.

Thank ojadventures
Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

I find the entry prices for many of these places are too high. While one expects to pay a little more as a visitor, it's a bit off putting.

Thank Kay J
Reviewed 18 December 2016

One of the most important Buddhist shrine in Sri Lanka A lot to see but u need to be organised : better wear sock , if possible have a guide as explanations are few weeks, and avoid specific ceremony or time of worshiping in the...More

Thank Gil_750
Reviewed 18 December 2016

seeing this majestic palace make you feel the gloriousness of old sri lankan kingdoms. this is now very famous for its cultural event, dalada perahera in july. thousands of tourists come to observe this beautful pageant annualy.

Thank chathusum
Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

Very interesting place, better if you have a guide to explain the full story. Make sure you cover your shoulders and take your shoes off as a mark of respect. There are flower offerings you can buy outside the temple.

Thank Donna L
Reviewed 17 December 2016

Get to know the timings of the puja which are done thrice a day. Be there 30 mins befire that. There is a lot to see and experience in this temple complex. Please read about it or hire a guide. We paid Lankan rupees 500...More

Thank RajivRamanjani
Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

This is the most important Buddhist shrine in Sri Lanka. Built next to a giant tank (artificial lake) built by a king of Kandy to hold a tooth of the Buddha, it is a must see. Full of devotees, interesting architecture and large, but not...More

Thank rider0109
Reviewed 17 December 2016

Set in pleasant, peaceful grounds. Take off your footwear ate the entrance and pay (donate) for the on collection. The entrance is up a few steps where it's appreciated if you buy some Lotus flowers to use as an offering when you go to the...More

Thank George H
Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

An interesting place, lively, place for good pictures. The museum is interesting and offers a view on different bouddhism nations.

Thank M_and_FT
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Zainab A
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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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8 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...