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“Excellent and fascinating” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kandy Garrison Cemetery

Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Temple of The Tooth, Kandy, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #2 of 28 Attractions in Kandy
Type: Cemeteries, Cultural
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York, United Kingdom
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“Excellent and fascinating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

In itself, this is a small and only slightly interesting collection of gravestones recording the names and dates of various Britons who died in Kandy many years ago.

Where it sores from three to five-plus stars is in the company of its local caretaker, Mr Carmichael. The card records in the office, which he seems to have memorised, contain the detail of the lives and deaths that the stark gravestones lack. Trampled by elephants, ill-advised adventure trekking, 'Jungle' fever - he knows it all.

If you go here, seek him out and ask questions. If you do not do so, you will be wasting 80% of your visit.

Visited August 2013
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Semenyih, Malaysia
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“Beautiful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Just after the kandyan kingdom signed off to the British in 1805, the east India company brought in people from the Britain to grow coffee in the hills. however most of the hills we covered with thick jungles and wildlife and so a lot of them died suffering from malaria or we killed by wild elephants. There are so many youth and infants buried in this cemetery which is saddening, The famous sir John D'oyly is also buried in this cemetery. The cemetery is very well maintained and looks really beautiful and peaceful. The caretaker Mr Charles knows a lot about the people buried here. Its definitely worth the visit.

Visited July 2013
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“An historic site”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

There isn't much to remind the visitor of recent history but this small cemetery is a moving tribute to the British who lived on the island. It is looked after with care by an erudite gentleman and a young gardener who are more than happy to show around visitors. Thanks to funding from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission the site is being smartened and bestowed with the dignity and respect it deserves.

Visited July 2013
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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“From all corners of the globe”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

Although Sri Lanka wasn't invaded during WWII it was attacked by the Japanese from the air and the island played a vital role in disrupting Japanese convoys reinforcing their invasion of Burma. This cemetery is home to soldiers, airman and naval personnel who all played a vital role in the war. As a result there is multi national representation in this superbly kept cemetery. Kenyans, Canadians, an American and an Italian lie alongside the British in their final resting place. This cemetery should not be confused with the older Victorian Garrison Cemetery which can be found just above Kandy Lake behind the Temple of the Tooth. Well worth a visit, the custodian, Mr Carmichael is a wealth of information and very proud of his role in preserving history. If you are interested in history then I equally recommend both.

Visited June 2013
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“Interesting patch of history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

When you get to the cemetery you must speak to Charles, he knows every grave and headstone by heart. All the stories behind them. Grounds are beautifully maintained.

Visited June 2013
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