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“Hidden resting place”

Commonwealth War Cemetery
Ranked #3 of 81 things to do in Kandy
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Owner description: Formerly known as Pitakande Military Cemetery, it was acquired originally by the military authorities, and was subsequently taken over by the Commission as a permanent war cemetery. Kandy is in central Sri Lanka, 910 metres above sea-level. It is 121 kilometres north-east of Colombo, from which it is easily reached by road. From the Botanical Gardens at Peridenya, take the road to Kandy. Just past the gardens, take a left turning at the roadside direction sign, down Lady Magdalene Drive. The Cemetery is approximately 1.5 kilometres along this road.
Reviewed April 13, 2013

We came across this cemetery by coincidence en route to our hotel. As ex- Service personnel my husband and I always like to pay our respects and this beautifully kept resting place was a little oasis of peace. The gardener appeared as we arrived and told us about the various nationalities that are buried there. So wonderful to see how well-looked after these places are around the world.

Thank Nikki M
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

We visited the war graves during our Kandy stay. Up the hill in a beautiful setting. Superbly tended gardens and so peaceful and srene. It was quite a moving experience.

Thank Steve H
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

the gardener provided us with some lovely stories of relatives still coming to visit now. some for the first time as they have not been able to afford to visit until now and some not able to come due to the civil war. a mix of nationalities lay in this cemetery, along with the unknown soldiers. brought a tear to our eye

Thank Loulabelle2611
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

The custodian arrived as soon s we appeared and took us all round with such a sense of pride and knowledge of the varied people buried here. All World War Two victims but of a range of ages, backgrounds and even two women because there was no actual fighting in Sri Lanka but reflected the way in which the war had nevertheless had an impact.

Thank Jane H
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

This is not for everyone but the Commonwealth War Cemetery is worth a visit if only to see the graves of Muslims, Hindus, Christians and the sole Jew laid out in neat lines in a wonderfully manicured garden. The epitaphs were full of pathos, made more so by the fact that I wondered how many family members have visited their graves. Worth a visit.

Thank 69Penny
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