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The Temple Of Tooth

Kandy

14.5/5(10 Ratings)
Ranked 1 of 26 sightseeing in Kandy

This predominantly Buddhist city has a temple built around the most sacred Buddhist relic- a tooth of the lord. Since ancient times, the tooth relic has been considered the symbol of kingship, and King Wimaladharmasuriya built this temple to house this relic in the 17h century. It was later renovated by his sons King Narendrasingha and Kirti Sri Rajasinghe. The octagon “Pattirippuwa” was built by King Sri Wickramasinghe. Seven gold caskets covered by a bullet proof glass frame enclose the only remaining relic of Lord Buddha, drawing reverential Buddhists from the world over to Kandy. Two chapters of Malwatte and Asgiriya vihara monks perform rituals three times every day to worship this relic. An entry fee of 10 USD is all you need to pay for this spiritual experience.

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: Below 1hr
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Operating hours

Sun:
5:30 am - 8:00 pm
Mon:
5:30 am - 8:00 pm
Tue:
5:30 am - 8:00 pm
Wed:
5:30 am - 8:00 pm
Thu:
5:30 am - 8:00 pm
Fri:
5:30 am - 8:00 pm
Sat:
5:30 am - 8:00 pm
fee

Entry Fee

Adult:
LKR 1000
Child:
LKR 1000

Reviews and Ratings

Awadhesh Kumar

Awadhesh Kumar5.0/5

1 review

Temple with the relics of Buddha

Beautiful place nearby Kandy Lake having tooth relics of Buddha being gifted to Srilankan king by an Indian King. Temple has beautiful golden color plates narrating the story of tooth relics and its arrival from India to Sri Lanka.

Jagdish Raval

Jagdish Raval4.3/5

414 reviews

A must visit shrine

We visited Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, a Buddhist temple. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Since ancient times. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site mainly due to the temple. We found here a lot of peace. A must visit place when you are in Kandy.

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  • A must visit shrine
  • A must visit shrine

Sumit Nagori

Sumit Nagori3.9/5

127 reviews

Important tourist spot!

A very important tourist place in Kandy, temple of the tooth is located in the centre of the town near the Kandy Lake. The temple itself is very beautiful and looks even more appealing in the evening with lightings. The temple can be visited around 7pm when there is a ceremony in the temple, though visiting it in the evening might make you miss the places around - (museum and the palace were closed by this time and we didn't have another day to come back). The entry to the temple is wonderfully landscaped and very clean. The entry price to the temple is a bit too high for tourists.

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  • Important tourist spot!
  • Important tourist spot!
  • Important tourist spot!
  • Important tourist spot!
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Govindan Naganathan

Govindan Naganathan5.0/5

167 reviews

Amazing Temple

The temple of Tooth relic or Sri Dalada Maligawa is a Buddhist temple located in the city of Kandy where the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha is kept. This is a famous and popular temple of Buddha visited by both locals and tourists. Every Wednesday the tooth relic is bathed with an herbal preparation which is said to be having healing powers. The brick wall that runs along the Bogambara Lake and moat is known as water wave wall. There are holes built in this wall to light oil lamps. The main entrance gate lies over the moat and is called Mahahawalkada. At the foot of Mahahawalkada steps there is a Sandakada Phana (moon stone) which is carved in Kandyan style. You can also see elephants carved on either side of the entrance. Lots of beautiful paintings can also be seen on the walls. Then we can see the Royal palace situated at the north side of the temple. The carvings of the wooden pillars which support the wooden roof are an example of wood carving of the Kandyan period and are very artistic and beautiful.The entry fee for visitors from SAARC countries of Rs. 500 SLR per head. No photography is allowed inside the sanctum. The actual chamber which the tooth relic is kept is known as the "Handun kunama". The golden canopy built over the main shrine and the golden fence which encircles the main shrine is other notable feature. The tooth relic is encased in seven golden caskets which engraved with precious gemstone. The caskets have a shape of a Stupa. The Procession casket which is used during the Kandy Esala Perahera is also displayed in the same chamber. There is a queue to get to the main place where relic is kept and one has to carry lotus and other flowers to offer which is sold at the entrance.We had an excellent guide who was able to explain the importance of the temple without which we could not have learned so much about this temple which is a holy shrine for Buddhists.It takes at least 3/4 hours see the place and is a must visit place to go when one visits Kandy

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  • Amazing Temple
  • Amazing Temple
  • Amazing Temple
  • Amazing Temple
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Vidyasagar Mehta

Vidyasagar Mehta5.0/5

96 reviews

Buddha temple

It is an ancient Buddha temple an a UNESCO world heritage site. You have to pay entry ticket to enter the temple, SAARC national have to pay some other amount and foreign national have to pay some other. Its sad that in Sri Lanka you have to pay amount for entry in temple as in case of any temple or church or mosque its free.
  • Buddha temple
  • Buddha temple
  • Buddha temple

Muralidhar Srirama

Muralidhar Srirama4.3/5

4 reviews

Of course - How can you miss this

If you visit Sri Lanka, Kandy is a must, and in Kandy this sacred temple, the Temple of Tooth should be the No 1 place or even the only one to see, don't miss it. You don't need a guide just enter the place and you will experience the serenity and feel the sacred of the place your own.I went to Kandy during September, there are restrictions on attire, sensible enough. The sacred tooth of Buddha is kept closed in a chamber on the upper floor and no one is allowed to enter the chamber. Local devotees just pray at the front of the chamber sitting around the closed area of the entrance of the chamber decorated with their beautiful lotus flower offerings. Visited September 2014.

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Swapna Arulraj

Swapna Arulraj5.0/5

2 reviews

Beautiful temple and adjoining museum

This is one of the most cleanly maintained temples and the crowd management is very good! It is housed in a sprawling property and there is an adjoining museum of international Buddhism, which is a must visit!

Thejoananda  balasundaram

Thejoananda balasundaram4.3/5

3 reviews

Had a good time!

This is such a wonderful place! I had a good time!

Nitesh Kothari

Nitesh Kothari3.9/5

3 reviews

You can take amazing snaps!

I believe it was way to expensive. The place was free for locals, but for foreigners it was way too high. And they have a mobile app that tells you a lot about the place. But it is chargeable. You can take some really good pictures here!

Photos of The Temple Of Tooth

The Temple of Tooth, Kandy

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Sumit Nagori

The Temple of Tooth, Kandy
The Temple of Tooth, Kandy

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Sumit Nagori

The Temple of Tooth, Kandy
The Temple of Tooth, Kandy

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Jagdish Raval

The Temple of Tooth, Kandy