Temple of the sacred tooth relic 1126 views

KandyHistory & Culture

Recomended duration
3 Hours
Best time of the year to visit
Throughout the year
Open Hours
5.30 AM - 8 PM


Little bit about Temple of the sacred tooth relic

The Temple of the Tooth in Kandy which is said to house the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha is another revered place for devotees. Tourists have much to see at this beautiful temple which lies alongside one of Sri Lanka’s most well-known landmarks - the Kandy Lake.

The temple also known as ‘Sri Dalada Maligawa’ is a UNESCO heritage site. Buddhism is the prime religion in Sri Lanka and this temple remains the heart for religion and history. Kandyan architectural structures such as “Maha-vahalkada” which can be seen at the entrance, moon stone called “Sandakada Pahana”, “Waluka Bamma” (could wall), “Makara Thorana” tell us the true creativity of the ancient Sri Lankans.

There is a special ceremony call ‘Tevava’ which is a service ritual, three times a day every day. Tevava timings are 5.30AM to 7.00AM and 9.30AM to 11.00AM and in the evening 6.30PM to 8.00PM.

During the Tevava ceremony the casket containing the Tooth Relic placed within the chamber (called “Vadahitina Maligawa”) is made visible to the visitors. So it is highly recommended to visit the Temple during Tevava sessions.

During July/August this temple hosts the grand “Esala Perahera” which is an extremely colorful parade along the street of Kandy featuring traditional dancers, whip lashers, fire stuntmen, acrobats and colorfully adorned elephants. This is a once in a lifetime experience which draws visitors from all over the world to witness a truly Sri Lankan sacred pageant.

Things to know before you go

  • Wear appropriate clothes that cover shoulders and legs
  • Better not to wear black or too dark clothes
  • As in other Buddhist shrines, take off your shoes and hats before entering. There are rooms near the entrance to leave your footware safely, free of charge.
  • Covering head is not appropriate under any circumstances
  • Do not turn your back to Buddha statues


Tevava Hours (Special daily rituals)

5.30 AM - 7.00 AM

9.30 AM - 11.00 AM

6.30 AM - 8.00 PM


International Buddhist Museum Opening Hours: 8.00 AM - 7.00 PM

Dalada Museum Opening Hours: 6.30 AM - 7.30 PM

Raja Tusker Museum Opening Hours: 6.30 AM - 7.30 PM

Royal Palace Archeological Museum Opening Hours: 8.30 AM - 5.00 PM (Closed on public holidays)




Only for foreigners

 SAARC countries, Thailand and Myanmar
 LKR 1,000
 All other countries   LKR 1,500
 Kids under 12 years  Free

Tickets to be purchased at the entrance. 


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Para, Harshana

and 2 people reviewed this

On July 14, 2018

The most famous attraction in Kandy is the Temple of the Tooth. I personally prefer the climate, cultural activities and religious values bring anyone to spiritual peace if they are really looking to it..