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Commonwealth War Cemetery

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Address: Lady Magdalene Drive, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
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Formerly known as Pitakande Military Cemetery, it was acquired originally...

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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Gem within Sri Lanka

well worth the visit and went as part of an organised tour with Mercury Direct. (although the visit was an impromptu one)

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Reviewed 1 week ago

well worth the visit and went as part of an organised tour with Mercury Direct. (although the visit was an impromptu one)

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely worth a side track from the Tooth Temple, along the way you'll also pass a newly constructed and spotless toilet (donated by a Chinese construction company). Like other reviewers have said, the caretaker Mr Charles Carmichael is extremely knowledgeable and has been there since the cemetery restoration works. All of the tombstones were shipped in from England and Scotland... More 

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Thank Esther S
Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Impeccably maintained cemetery that keeps War memory alive. Moving feelings occurs as you stroll around the tumbs and see how young most of these men were.

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Thank Diane I
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Small beautifully kept war grave tended with loving care by the gardener who is very proud of his responsibilities which is heart warming. Peaceful and quiet amongst the hustle and bustle of Kandy

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Thank princecharlie
Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 23 April 2017

Immaculate gardens and an interesting wander around the headstones. Peace and harmony in the mayhem of Kandy. Lest we Forget.

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Thank BoatGR
UK
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Reviewed 20 April 2017

Not much to say. Visited on a Thursday and it was closed. Got some nice photos because I held my phone over the security bars.

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Thank Craigkeane
Portsmouth, England
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Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

This is a beautiful place to pause and reflect. This features graves from the Second World War. The gardens are beautifully manicured. Details of the service personnel who died can be located via the British war graves commission in Berkshire.

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Nhulunbuy, Australia
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

The gardens here are just amazing and the over 200 grave sites honoured and well cared for. You have over 7 different countries including Sri Lankans, Africans, Canadians, British, Italians though no Aussies even though we did fight here. Saddest part a large majority died mid 1945 and most were in their early twentys.

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Thank Kate G
Coventry, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 April 2017

A moment of reflection in a wonderful holiday. This beautifyl kept cemetery is a reminder of the many nationalities that died in WW11 in Sri Lanka. A moment of calm and reflection in a a busy city..

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Thank John L
Kandy, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 4 April 2017

it is good place which is situated in Kandy .One of the tourist attraction now a days:)Good if you can add it to your ravel tub.

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