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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  • This is a small but very well maintained cemetery. We had a guided tour from the caretaker which was very interesting and informative.  more »
  • We stumbled across this cemetery but I'm so glad we did. There are around 100 British graves here and many have died from some very "interesting" causes! The caretaker is so knowledgeable and took his...  more »
  • This was a wonderful place for a short visit - a beautifully maintained cemetery and resting place to approximately 200 soldiers from different regiments and nationalities during the 2nd world war. I ...  more »
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  • I took my family to the British Garrison Cemetery on 21st July 2017. It is a fabulously maintained document to years gone by. The highlight of our trip were the wonderful histories told to us by the cemetery's caretaker Mr Carmichael. Truly amazing and most unexpected! Well worth a visit...
  • Opened a little later than advertised but an interesting walk around with some information from the cemetery caretaker.
  • Really nice and peaceful place. From my understanding I was told this was the dead centre of town. I'm unsure if this is actually the centre as it's a little bit off the centre of the main city centre of Kandy but it is still a lovely place to 'chill out' and appreciate what is there. Fun triva: find the gravesite that has the oldest person. We found someone who lived until the age of 66. Good luck.
  • Nice place to see.behind temple of the tooth.
  • Walking through Kandy with a couple of hours to kill I was looking for a quiet spot and some shade when I saw signs to the British Garrison Cemetery. This peaceful and utterly charming 19th century graveyard was empty save for the caretaker's 25 year old nephew who happily and enthusiastically showed me round. Lovingly maintained lawns and trees surround the gravestones which were apparently all made then shipped over from Britain. The cemetery was vandalised in 1998 but restored then reopened by Prince Charles in 2013. My young guide had a story for almost every grave, some with more detail than perhaps plausible. Most striking of all was the young ages and causes of death recorded on the gravestones; nearly all of them in their 20's or 30's dying from cholera or malaria. Although being 'trampled by an elephant' or a 'house collapsing' also stand out! Just when I was about to leave, over a hundred monkeys jumped down from the adjacent hillside forrest to run and play amongst the stones. Although sad, this was absolutely the best and most unexpected thing about my trip to Kandy.
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