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Commonwealth War Cemetery

Lady Magdalene Drive, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
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"To know life, one must know death"

On a whistlestop tour of the graveyard en route to Kandy to briefly pay our respects to all that... read more

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TravellingTwos
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This is a very moving place to visit when you wander round the graves and read the names on the... read more

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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.
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Lady Magdalene Drive, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed yesterday

On a whistlestop tour of the graveyard en route to Kandy to briefly pay our respects to all that perished in WW2. Interesting to know that until this day the British government provides the £ for the upkeep of the site, which is a good...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a very moving place to visit when you wander round the graves and read the names on the headstones. It also gives an insight into some WW2 history. It is beautifully maintained and well worth a visit.

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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

Beautifully maintained and you can read the story of Ceylon relative to this area during the Second World War. There is a caretaker there who is very helpful and will assist you with information (a 200rps tip is appropriate). 32 RAF aircraft were lost here...More

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Reviewed 12 March 2018

This is on most tours and perhaps worth a quick look. Don't hang about though there are more interesting places to see.

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

We always try to seek out a CWGC location when abroad and spend a little time reflecting on the names and history associated with them. This one is only small but is, as they always seem to be, very beautifully tended and maintained. We spoke...More

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Reviewed 3 March 2018

This cemetery is a very peaceful escape from the chaos of central Kandy. It is beautifully looked after. If you are visiting Kandy, then get your tuk tuk driver to take your here. 15 minutes is enough.

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Reviewed 22 February 2018

Sri Lanka is a busy hectic place. This is not. Usual excellent maintenance expected of these places, and usual man waiting for tip as expected in this country. Only about 270 headstones from the two Japanese air raids, many nationalities. Go if you are close.

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Reviewed 18 February 2018

Really beautifully maintained cemetary for those killed during the Japanese invasion of Sri Lanka.Worth a 10min walk around to see all the fallen

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Reviewed 17 February 2018

Any Commonwealth War Cemetary is worth a visit and this is no exception. Beautifully laid out and so well maintained there is nothing deathly about it. To walk around the lines of stones and see the sacrifices that we’re made is always very sobering and...More

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Reviewed 13 February 2018

Kandy was Mountbatten' HQ in WWII and the cemetery is one of three in the island - a total of 2000 British service personnel are buried on the island

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on the same street as Cinnamon Citadel Hotel. Its on the opposite side of the road to the river
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