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“A haven of peace”

Commonwealth War Cemetery
Ranked #6 of 86 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 October 8, 2013

The cemetery was just a few minutes from our hotel. The caretaker quickly appeared to show us around & was incredibly well informed. The place is beautifully kept. How sad to see the average age of the dead(about 25 yrs). Nice to see how well respected they are.

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Reviewed October 7, 2013

A special place in a lovely garden. A gardener who had worked there for many years emerged to show us round, and knew many of the stories of those buried there, which added to the poignancy

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Reviewed September 25, 2013

We walked up to this cemetery to see some of the famous Commonwealth names buried here. It is a lovely location and doesn't appear to be that well visited. The cemetery was immaculate. We were lucky to talk to one of the gentlemen who looked after it and had a huge, very interesting history lesson. Well worth the short walk up the hill from near the Temple of the Tooth.

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Reviewed August 27, 2013

Like many war cemeteries around the world it tells a sad tale but the surroundings are lovely and the graves are very well looked after. I would be happy knowing that a relative of mine was looked after here.

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Reviewed August 17, 2013

When we visited we were shown around by the man who has tended this beautiful place for 40 years and was able to tell us lots about the graves. It has been kept so beautifully and is truly a wonderful place to visit

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