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“Poignant Memory of the Victorian era”

Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Ranked #2 of 74 things to do in Kandy
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Hay-on-Wye, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Poignant Memory of the Victorian era”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2013

We found it both fascinating and sad to read the inscriptions on the tomb stones. So many young soldiers helping to maintain the British Empire in the Victorian era came out to Sri Lanka to serve their country and died from malaria and dysentery, most of them under the age of 25 years. Those, mostly officers, who were older and married lost many children and babies and in some cases their wives. There was one grave commemorating a British officer who was killed by a wild elephant!
You need to be fairly fit to visit the Cemetery as it is up a very steep climb but the views are good.

Visited February 2013
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Warwick, United Kingdom
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“Interesting colonial rule insight”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2013

Up a small hill behind the big Buddist Temple of the Tooth is a small, well kept colonial cemetary which gives an interesting insight into the lives & deaths of the British in Ceylon around 200 years ago & how young many of them were when they died, with both male & female family members. Well worth an hour out & look for the gravestone with severe diarrhea marked as the cause of death - TMI methinks.

Visited April 2013
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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“well-kept reminder of days past”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013

The Garrison Cemetery was a lovely little colonial find. It was very well cared for and the staff were very eager to help. The grave stones are interesting and there is a nice museum as well. Enjoy!

Visited April 2013
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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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“Thought Provoking”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

This is a thought provoking insight into the lives and deaths of those young people who came to Sri Lanka in the early days from the UK (England and 'North Britain'). It is tidy and carefully maintained by Mr Charles Carmichael and his assistant. Mr Carmichael is the grandson of a Scottish settler and an Indian lady. His knowledge is immense and his demeanour is delightful. While previous reviewers have commented that 'tips' are not necessary, I found that Mr Carmichael was extremely grateful for my donation. By all outward appearances, he could do with it. Recommended to those with an interest in accessing some real insight into the colonial history of Sri Lanka / Ceylon. Our Sri Lankan guide (who had never before been here) found it fascinating.

Visited April 2013
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“interesting for historians”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2013

nothing particularly spectacular about the garrison cemetery. will appeal to thpose rresearching local history but otherwise probably not worth a detour

Visited April 2013
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