Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
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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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  • Dottie_Brisbane
    Brisbane, Australia18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
    This is a must as a culturally significant sight. There had been huge crowds being the long weekend of Buddha's birthday. However, waiting until the next day and visiting early on a rainy day, we beat the crowds.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 29 May 2023
  • Odyssey27286697394
    8 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A short but interesting evening visit
    Recommend going between 5 and 8 pm for slightly fewer crowds. An ok trip to a religious monument. You enter and can queue to walk past the room hosting the Sacred Tooth Relic. The new shrine room also has some paintings and plaques about the history of the Tooth, which was interesting. A 30 min trip max as there is not much else to see.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 June 2023
  • HHess
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates141 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take the guide inside the temple
    You have to walk barefoot from the security checkpoint. Its worth to take one of the local guides to explain things around the temple. They work on donation system. We had an amazing time with our guide and were happy he explained to many things to us. The temple is beautiful and interesting, it has gardens and hindu temple as well. Avoid ceremony times as it gets very busy.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 8 July 2023
  • Terri W
    South Wales, United Kingdom126 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spiritual spectical.
    Beautiful old temple with stunning ornate decorations. Even in the pouring rain it was a sight to behold. Be prepared to take shoes off and make sure you are appropriately covered as this is an active temple not just a tourist destination...people are praying.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 July 2023
  • Bea
    Sydney, Australia1,770 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wasn’t much to see frankly
    There isn’t much to see as the tooth is stored in 7 layers of a protective stupa looking covering and stored behind small doors that were closed when we arrived. Perhaps as the Kandy Festival is commencing soon the temple was busy with staff preparing. I wouldn’t say it is a must see as we didn’t stay long.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Judith
    Freiberg, Germany75 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unfiltered insight into religious practice - must experience
    I can confirm a lot of the other reviews. It is very full especially on poya (full moon days). BUT please consider this is a sacred religious place for the locals and as tourists we are lucky to be allowed to enter and get a glimpse of the religious practice and culture. Still for me it was somewhat overwhelming: people will not mind your personal space and push you along the stream of people, there ist a lot of loud praying and people bring tons of flowers and other offerings. Look out: In front of the main building there are many people who want to be your guide and tourists are guided to leave there shoes with some guard. We did not give them money because we think the entrance fee is high enough. And a guard is not necessary there. Pro tip: if you don’t want to stand out too much were white like the locals. If you’re not up to it don’t come during the ceremony times (around 10:30/ 11am and 17:30/18pm).
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 August 2023
  • Raymond H
    West Wickham, United Kingdom165 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see in Kandy
    A fascinating Buddhist temple in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Supposedly a tooth was recovered from Buddha’s own funeral pyre in Nepal and transported to Sri Lanka for safe keeping. This is a wonderful (and perhaps unique) temple location, There is an older inner temple around which the main structure was built. A place of great significance for Buddhists.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 October 2023
  • Wil P
    Maastricht, The Netherlands131 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit!
    The Temple of the Tooth ceremony is a must see, when you are in Kandy, and starts every day at 21.30. After the ceremony we met Dinesh (tuk-tuk driver) outside in front of the temple where the tuk-tuk drivers stop and he made us an offer to drive us all through Sri Lanka and showed us the most beautiful places of his country. We had a 14 days drive with this beautiful guy, always smiling and reliable and drove us to places that tourists never see. He was a perfect tourguide. Call him and you never will be disappointed !! Dinesh tel. +94 750323014
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 October 2023
  • Matthew P
    Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom759 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Calm and Serene
    What an amazing place so beautiful and serene with so much to look at both within and outside the temple. As a visitor make sure you have appropriate clothing, shoulders and upper arms covered as well as knees as this is considered respectful to Buddah. Take your time to look around and take in this amazingly spiritual place and respect the devotees who are often sitting in the temple praying and chanting. If you have time go both in the day and again in the evening when the temple is lit up like a fairy castle which is jus amazing to see.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 November 2023
  • Handysmith
    Ryde, Australia316 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Use an Official Guide if going to the tooth opening in the evening
    Our private driver arranged for an off duty official guide to take us around. We timed it when the tooth room was open in the evening. This was well worth the extra money for a guide as he took us via shortcuts only the guides know and timed everything to the second so we were in the correct spots at the correct times. He kept checking his watch to make sure we didn't miss anything. In the evening rooms are only open for a short period so if you have no idea where you are going and what you are looking at I strongly suggest getting a guide who works there and knows where to be and at what time. We also wanted to see the Raja Tusker Museum and would have never found it in the dark without him. Being a religion place you cannot wear shoes and knees and shoulders have to be covered.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 November 2023
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Joelle N
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Beautiful place, interesting culture, amazing architecture!
Highly recommended for people visiting Kandy to learn more about Buddhists history.
Written 9 April 2024
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Jamie G
Basingstoke, UK6 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Couples
We came here as a non-religious couple, hoping to enlighten our cultural understanding of Buddhism. We decided not to go during the ceremonies as we didn't want to ruin the experiences of other devotees.

After paying the significant admission cost, we were completely underwhelmed by our experience.

The main section that you enter is lovely but completely overpriced and underwhelming. We have visited temples all over the world and we're incredibly disappointed.

Would not recommend.
Written 6 April 2024
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Debbie P
United Kingdom95 contributions
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Mar 2024 • Couples
Great experience to see the architecture and culture! Fascinating to learn about the history. Be warned it gets very busy around the service times. We went at night when there were many tourists and at times it got very uncomfortable!
Written 1 April 2024
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Adrienne321
London5 contributions
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Mar 2024 • Family
As well as viewing the Lake, this was one of the first things we did in the Kandy area. We made sure we were dressed appropriately (shoulders and knees covered). We bought flowers from the flower sellers outside the gates, and at the ticket office we met a guide, and this worked out perfectly for our family (2 adults 2 kids). We quickly gave in our shoes (for a token) and went to the foreign tourist entrance. Our guide walked us through the different parts of the temple, pointed out specific features, the lanterns, the carved wood panels, where to put our flowers and how to present them, the story of the tooth coming to Sri Lanka. We particularly enjoyed the many Buddha statues, and the royal elephant enclosure (with Raja a former royal/processional elephant).
You must walk barefoot so it’s a bit hot at times on the walkways. We covered a lot in quite a short time with our guide, learned a lot and enjoyed this beautiful temple visit. It’s also beautiful from the outside with the carved walls, and golden roof. You can see the queen’s bathing hall across the road too.
Highly recommend for an easy site to visit in the centre of Kandy and close restaurants, shops and lakefront.
Written 1 April 2024
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Marisa
Colombo, Sri Lanka49 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Friends
This World Heritage Site is for sure one of the most popular places to see when travelling to Kandy.
Be prepared that it's quote crowded and warm, especially inside due to all the visitors.
You won't be able to see the actual tooth of Buddha, which is kept in ornamental boxes inside boxes.
I found it rather interesting to learn more about people's customs and traditions and enjoyed the beautiful grounds surrounding the temples.
People bring offerings like lotus flowers, which vendors will try to sell you. Also, be aware of the "guides" at the entrance trying to chat you up - you are not obliged to hire them and if you do, then better negotiate about the price right from the beginning.
Men and Women must be dreased respectfully and wear at least half arm shirts and trousers/skirts covering the knee otherwise you will have to wear a shawl and/or sarong-wrap from the temple.
Plan about 30-45 minutes for the visit.
You may bring an umbrella and a water bottle in your bag against the very intensive sun, but hats or caps are also not allowed.
I always bring a pair of light socks with since you have to remove your shoes when inside the temple.
Written 1 April 2024
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Charitha Samarasinghe
Colombo, Sri Lanka70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This is the heart of all Buddhist Sri Lankan's. Countless times have visited here.

Located on a beautiful place in kandy city next to Nuwara Wewa (in ancient time called 'The Milk ocean' which was a big paddy field).

The most luckiest thing is any body can worship the sacred tooth of lord Buddha which is saved in a Golden casket. No matter your religion or nationality you are welcome there.
Written 27 March 2024
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Jet Lanka Tours
Kandy, Sri Lanka13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
The Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, Sri Lanka, is a mesmerizing UNESCO World Heritage site that holds great cultural and religious significance. It houses the sacred relic of the tooth of the Buddha, making it a focal point for Buddhist pilgrims and visitors alike. The architecture is stunning, reflecting traditional Sri Lankan craftsmanship and intricate design. However, due to its popularity, it can get quite crowded, especially during religious festivals. Overall, it's a must-visit for anyone interested in history, culture, and spirituality.
Written 23 March 2024
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Victorianlad
Melbourne, Australia17,173 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
I had been here almost a decade ago but didn't remember much of our visit.

We gathered in a group at just after 1000 on a Sunday morning.

Inside the temple, there was much drumming. Some of the rooms were reasonably crowded, though this apparently was only mild compared to how many visit on some other days.

As usual one had to remove shoes before entering. There was one area dripping with water so I couldn't take a short cut to reach it, but apart from that most surfaces were level including where there were flagstones.

The large expanse of lawn outside the temple (though still within its grounds) could do with far more trees to soften and provide shade.

It was easy to retrieve shoes.
Written 21 March 2024
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Akshay Sharma
New Delhi, India10,630 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
This place is supposed to have a tooth of Buddha but is not visible to anyone except the monks. One can visit the top floor and move around the temple. This is a live temple and rituals and procedures with prayers are being observed at this place.
Written 17 March 2024
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Molly1107
United Kingdom493 contributions
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Feb 2024 • Couples
We went there as was told it was a "must see". We took some nice photos as the sun set over the lake.
The temple was absolutely mobbed, we were beng shoved and bashed and along with the extremely loud noisy music - mostly drumming we made a quick exit.
Not for us but to be fair didn't take time to read up on what we were looking at.
Thre was an upper floor but again folk were pushing and shoving to get up the stairs so we gave it a miss.
Written 11 March 2024
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