The Temple of the Tooth is one of the most important Buddhist relics in Sri Lanka. As the name suggests, one of Buddha’s teeth is indeed to be found here. It is said that the tooth was smuggled to Sri Lanka in a princess’s hair in 1590, and is now preserved in a gold casket, with a wealth of lotus flowers in front of it. Three times a day, a religious ceremony is performed, which is a really exciting experience. You can see the many devout Buddhists in their beautiful clothes and even participate if you wish.
The casket is only opened once a year, causing pilgrims to flock to the temple for a glimpse of the tooth. This is done at the major annual procession, Esala Perahera, in July and August, where you can experience the many talented dancers and elephants, which are adorned with lavish garments.
The complex houses several interesting temples and museums, and your guide will give you a fascinating insight into the significance of the temple.
Duration: approx. 1-2 hours
The excursion must be booked in advance.
|Per person||Per person: £21|