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  • Address: Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy, Sri Lanka 20000
  • Hours: Daily 5:30am to 8pm
  • Admission: 1000 Rs

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Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) Tours

Located within the royal palace complex of Kandy, the Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) houses Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic. In the heart of the temple, within a two-story shrine fronted by elephant tusks sits what devotees believe to be the left upper canine tooth of the Buddha, supposedly taken from his body before cremation. The Temple of the Tooth was built between 1687 and 1707 to house the relic.

While the tooth stays hidden within a gold casket, visitors and devotees still flock to the temple during puja for a glimpse at the heavily guarded inner shrine where it is kept. Also of interest is the International Buddhist Museum, housed on the temple grounds, where visitors can learn about the history and expansion of the religion throughout Asia and the world.

Once each year during the Esala Perahera procession, the relic casket gets paraded through the streets atop a male elephant. The 10-day festival is one of the largest Buddhist festivals in the world and the most important in Sri Lanka.

Practical Info

Remember to wear clothing that covers both your legs and shoulders when visiting the temple, and be prepared to remove your shoes.

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Private Kandy Tour by Air-Conditioned Car: Do it All in One Day

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

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Private Full-Day Tour: The Kandy Temple Run Tour, Kandy, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Full-Day Tour: The Kandy Temple Run Tour

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Location: Kandy, Sri Lanka
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Private Full-Day Tour of Kandy Sights Including Kandy Cultural Dance Show

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Private Tour: Kandy Day Tour from Colombo, Colombo, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Tour: Kandy Day Tour from Colombo

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This tour gives you the chance to tour the ancient royal city of Kandy and the surrounding attractions. Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic to view its ...  Read more

Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

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Full-Day Kandy Highlights Tour, Kandy, Private Day Trips
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Full-Day Kandy Highlights Tour

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Viewing of Kandy Esala Perahara, Kandy, Full-day Tours
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Viewing of Kandy Esala Perahara

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Private Day Trip to Sri Lanka's Northwest: Ancient Kingdoms Tour from Colombo

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Private Day Trip to Twin Kingdoms from Kandy, Kandy, Private Day Trips
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Private Kandy City Tour Including Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, Colombo, Private Day Trips
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Private Kandy City Tour Including Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Join us for this private family friendly full day tour including free pick-up from Colombo, Negombo, Kochchikade or Waikkal area. Experience a day in the ...  Read more

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