Kandy Garrison Cemetery, Kandy

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Stroll through Kandy Garrison Cemetery for a unique perspective on early colonial life in Sri Lanka. The cemetery houses British nationals from the early colonial period, where tombstones reveal the various struggles of those times. Many perished from tropical diseases, but you'll also happen across more exotic causes of demise, including elephant trampling. A single caretaker painstakingly maintains the grounds, and is more than happy to offer an informative tour. Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kandy trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.
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  • The Guy who takes care of the place , Has studied about all the graves and has Knowledge in what he does  more »
  • The firepower superiority of the European colonial powers enabled them to stretch their claws and establish dominion in many Asian countries. One country that suffered the tyranny of the British rule ...  more »
  • A cemetery with tombstones of British Soldiers who served in the World War 1 and 2. It used to be a well kept cemetery but you can see signs of negligence.  more »
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  • Visited this secluded little cemetery where Harsha the attendant relayed some sad but most interesting stories of those buried there. He had such a wealth of knowledge and made the stories of the people come to life. There is a tiny picture museum to see as well. Pleased we did not miss this from out itinerary well worth a visit.
  • It is a old cemetery was opened in 1822 and closed in 1870. Anybody can visit their between 8am to 6pm.its behind the kandy national museum.The caretaker Mr.Charles is a very kind person and he knows every stories behind the tombs.There are some tombs of the memorable people from the colonial era.
  • Great experience. Not only army but plenty of civil servants and family members. Did this on 100 years anniversary ww1 very poignant to remember
  • British Garrison Cemetery British Garrison Cemetery (also known as the Kandy Garrison Cemetery) is a British cemetery in Kandy, Sri Lanka, for British nationals who died in Ceylon. It was established in 1817 just after British captured the Kandy and closed in 1873 due to a ban on burials within the municipal limits, although special provision was given to allow the burial of relatives of those interred in the cemetery, with last person buried there being Annie Fritz in 1951. The cemetery contains 195 graves of men, women and children. The most common causes of death were tropical diseases such as malaria and cholera. The cemetery was restored in 1998 using financial contributions from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and is currently maintained by a group called 'The Friends of the British Garrison Cemetery in Kandy'. The cemetery is located within the land of the Sri Dalada Maligawa, the cemetery is maintained by the British while the Diyawadana Nilame and the Chief Prelates maintain the land.
  • This place is a bit off the beaten track but well worth a visit . Look out for the old boy Charles who is the caretaker of the place or Harsha his nephew . They know all the stories in this protected area of those who are resting and although most have a sad ending there are some who have died in unfortunate circumstances. There is a small museum next to it which they will open to the public . There is no entrance fee so donations are welcomed ..
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