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.