Travel from CMB Colombo Airport: 117 km – 3 hours drive.
Travel from Colombo: 150 km – 3 hours 50 mins drive.
Hire a Car (not cheap, but comfortable) : Car rental can be arranged directly from the Colombo Airport or any location in Colombo. To get the best deals, do your research and book before you arrive in Sri Lanka. Hire a modern A/C car or van with the service of English specking driver from US$ 116.
Climate: Kandy located in the centre of the island and in a high elevation, the city has a relatively wetter and cooler temperatures. Between January to April is the drier period, May to July and October to December the region experiences its monsoon season, and from March through the middle of May is the inter-monsoonal period.
Aluvihare is an ancient rock temple situated about 26 km from Kandy in the Matale along the drive to Dambulla. Buddhist cannon and its commentaries, which were till then handed down orally, were committed to writing for the first time at Aluvihare temple in 2c. B.C.
One of the most famous landmark of Kandy, is its lake, in the centre of the city. The old building at its edge near the Temple of the Tooth was the Queeb’s Bath. On the other side of the Temple of the Tooth, housed in part of the former royal palace, is the Kandy Museum which houses excellent exhibits from the Kandyan period of SrI Lanka’s history.
The Temple of the Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha or Sri Dalada Maligawa is situated in the centre of the Kandy city, the highest venerated religious place with steeped in cultural heritage attracting the highest respect of the Buddhists as well as the other religions all over the world. The beautiful magnificent temple was built by late king Vimaladharmasooriya – I in 1592 AD.
The Relic Shrine is approached by a large draw-bridge over the moat and through a beautifully decorated frontispiece. A tunnel “ambarawa”, leads to the main shrine complex, having a central courtyard surrounded by storied structures.
A service rituals (Thevava) are performed daily at regular times of the day at dawn (5:30 am – 7:00 am), at noon (9:30 am – 11:00 am) and in the evening (6:30 pm – 8:00 pm).
Entrance fee for Dalada Maligawa : 1500 LKR per foreign visitor ( in January 2019).
Opening hours: from 5:30 am – 8:00 pm. Start very early or late afternoon to avoid the crowds (it’s a much more enjoyable without the tourist crowds. However, you don’t actually see the tooth as it’s kept in a gold casket shaped like a dagoba (stupa).
Tips:The Temple of the Tooth can get crowded as it receives many worshipers and tourists throughout the day. Have a pair of socks to protect your feet as you have to remove your shoes and walk barefoot and where cloths to cover your shoulder and legs.