Kandy War Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery
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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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Bandley
Cumbria, UK21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Kandy War Cemetery
Having visited Sri Lanka several times, one of the places that I wanted to visit was a CWGC Cemetery, on our recent visit in February 2024, this wish was fulfilled.
What can I say, a beautiful place, which was very peaceful and the grounds are kept immaculately.
We were greeted by one of the staff who tend these gardens on a daily basis, they were very knowledgeable, giving us an insight about the numerous headstones.
Well worth a visit for the contemplative hour away from the bustling city.
Written 6 April 2024
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michael a
43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Beautifully maintained cemetery within a lovely setting - the keeper can direct you to various graves - and the diversity of nationalities who fought against dictators many miles from home is sobering in these times .
Written 14 March 2024
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,628 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
It is a small cemetery dedicated to foreign soldiers who died during the Second World War. Reading the names and other information on the headstones, I noted that most of them died young. I wondered why their remains were not taken back to their own countries.

The garden is well maintained. The grass/lawn has been cut short, flowering plants surround the area, and there is a big cross hanging at the center. I enjoyed my brief visit here.
Written 9 March 2024
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Martin C
Gerrards Cross, UK55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Visited here early morning and was given a guided tour by the head gardener who clearly has a great love for the cemetery and who recounted stories of many of the brave men and women buried there. The cemetery is beautifully maintained and well worth a visit to pay our respects to the war dead.
Written 2 March 2024
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Amanda T
Arco da Calheta, Portugal302 contributions
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Feb 2024 • Couples
Stopped off en route from our day long tour of Kandy.
What a wonderful place of rest for these servicemen and woman x1 who lost their lives during the war years.
So well kept by the war commission, immaculate gardens-the head of which was a charming knowledgeable worker that wished to engage and gain more insight into the history of the 2 nd world war from a visitors point of view.
Peaceful tranquil and thought provoking.
Humbling to say the least.
Written 29 February 2024
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Neil S
Ludlow, UK157 contributions
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Aug 2023 • Friends
Probably one of the best settings for a war cemetery that I have visited. Beautifully maintained. Incredibly peaceful. Head gardener shared a lot of information and facts and those buried there.
Left with a sense of intense gratitude for the sacrifice the men and women buried in this beautiful place made.
Written 4 August 2023
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Kanishka Herath
Kurunegala, Sri Lanka137 contributions
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July 2022
Commonwealth War Cemetery Kandy, formerly known as the Pitakande Military Cemetery, is a British military cemetery in Kandy, Sri Lanka, for soldiers of the British Empire who were killed during World War II as well as a soldier who died during World War I.

Calm and cool place to visit in Kandy city. Attractive place.
Written 10 February 2023
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Bryan H
Alicante, Spain73 contributions
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Mar 2022 • Solo
A beautiful resting place for young men who died in war. So many of them in their early 20's.

Many are buried here far from their homes in East Africa, UK, Canada, Australia and even Italy.

A reminder of the wastefulness of war, and the loss as we watch another one unfold in Ukraine. Will we never learn?

Lest we forget... 💜
Written 16 March 2022
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TheFrogOfLondon
London, UK221 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Couples
Peaceful common wealth war cemetery - which unusually provides a resting place for a few Ceylon, french and Italian soldiers too (amongst the British, the Canadians and the Americans).
If you are lucky enough to bump into the head gardener, do take the time to say ‘hi’ and he will give you a tour, sharing some great stories about the soldiers buried here. The gardens are stunning and the place is well looked after. Really worth a visit if you are in the area.
Written 15 December 2021
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nir0sh
Colombo, Sri Lanka953 contributions
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Sept 2020
Common wealth war cemetery of Kandy is also known as Kandy war cemetery. It is a nice peaceful place. This cemetery is dedicated for for soldiers of the British Empire who were killed during World War II as well as a soldier who died during World War I. It is situated at Deveni Rajasinghe Mawatha. No entrance fees for the place.
Written 17 August 2021
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