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Kandy Garrison Cemetery

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Address: Temple of The Tooth, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
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+94 77 784 1066

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Take time to listen to local guide

Interesting to visit. Guide is excellent and site provides insights into the challenges faced by early British families.

Reviewed 1 week ago
JennyWandP
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting to visit. Guide is excellent and site provides insights into the challenges faced by early British families.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited this after reading reviews on TA and it was an excellent couple of hours. I'm no colonialist but it gives you such an insight in to a slice of history especially as like other people we were shown round by Charles Carmichael the caretaker. If you can get him to show you, he wants nothing for his time... More 

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Woodend, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is so easy to find - right near the back of the temple. Easy stroll up Cemetery Road. We were so lucky to meet Charles the caretaker. He's managed the cemetery for the past 29 years. He spend an hour with us showing the graves and explaining the stories behind those that died 200 years ago. It was so... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Small cemetery, but lots of interesting stories associated with each grave. Be sure to speak with the sweet young groundskeeper... his family has tended this cemetery since the 1800s.

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Oundle, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We came to the cemetery after reading about it's history and occupants online, we were looking at the graves when a local young man ran over to us and started telling us all about the history and of the people who are buried there. He knew everything. He had grown up there and his uncle worked there for years and... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 20 April 2017

Just behind the Temple of the Tooth, this is a very interesting cemetery. The caretaker has an intimate knowledge of the history of this cemetery and the people who are buried here, men who survived great British naval battles only to succumb to cholera and typhoid. Women, children, plantations owners, early settlers. A real snapshot of what it would have... More 

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Thank Raelene H
Staffordshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Immediate thoughts were we would spend a short time reading the headstones but after a few minutes we were joined by the Caretaker who then brought told the stories behind the gravestones. He was very informative Xbox interesting to listen to. Well worth a visit just to learn the hardships these British settlers faced

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Thank karen18w
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

We were shown around the cemetery by the man that helps to maintain the cemetery and has been doing so for the past 20+ years. His knowledge of the history behind each person that is buried here is extremely good. This was a facinating 30+ minutes and with it being so close to the Temple it is worth a visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 April 2017

A definite must visit. Not everyone is keen on visiting cemeteries, but the Kandy Garrison Cemetery is very peaceful and fascinating. If you are lucky to get hold of the cemetery guide - he will offer wonderful insights into the people buried in the cemetery and their past lives in Kandy. Make sure to watch out for wild monkeys though,... More 

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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 April 2017

Visit this cemetery and you'll get a fascinating glimpse of Britain's past in Sri Lanka. Avoid the caretaker - if you can- and be patient with the sometimes difficult to decipher headstones.

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