Temple of the Tooth by night


Temple of the Tooth Kandy

One of the most sacred temples in Sri Lanka

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Home to a tooth replica of the Buddha himself, this sacred gold-roofed temple will offer a spiritual side to your Sri Lankan holiday. Visit the World Buddhism museum too for a slice of culture and history. In a land of temples, the most sacred of them all is the 17th century Temple of the Tooth Relic, home to a tooth belonging to Buddha himself.  The tooth is said to have been snatched from the flames of Buddha's funeral pyre and smuggled into Sri Lanka in the hair of a princess. Most Sri Lankan Buddhists consider it important to make at least one pilgrimage to the temple in their lifetime. Hidden within six gold caskets that diminish in size, you won't get to see the tooth, the ornate decoration of this Buddhist temple is reason enough to visit.

Essential Information

  • Useful Information:  It is recommended that trousers and arms are covered a sign of respect. Shoes must be removed to enter the temple and there are several shoe huts where you can leave them for a small fee whilst you explore the temple.

Top Tips from our Experts


Destination Manager

"The temple is quite a hub in Kandy and is most often than not, very busy. Where the tooth relic is kept, beautiful flowers and offerings, piled high in the temple. Spend time learning about the history and beliefs as you walk around this elaborately decorated temple".