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Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Ranked #2 of 81 things to do in Kandy
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Reviewed August 1, 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.

Thank KJulian
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Reviewed July 24, 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.

Thank PBCinEngland
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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.

Thank JJBroome
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Reviewed June 16, 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.

Thank Sharon L
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

Behind the Tooth Temple is this historic cemetery with interesting stories. The man who looks after the place was not available when we visited but he is amazing with his knowledge, so try to see him and if you are able, please consider leaving a donation. This will help continue the care of this historic cemetery for generations to come. Definitely worth a visit. Combine with a trip to the temple or to the Kandayan dancing which are all in the same place. Be careful of touts who try to lure tourists with all sorts of schemes although don't be suspicious of everyone who engages you in conversation as most people are genuine. Check out the tout and fort blogs/tips.

Thank Geni7
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