British Garrison Cemetery, Kandy

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  • Address: Near National Museum, Kandy, Sri Lanka
  • Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Time Required: 00:45 Mins
  • Tags: Cemetery, Family And Kids
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About British Garrison Cemetery, Kandy

This colonial find is a peacefull place to visit. This cemetery is a short walk uphill behind the National Museum. There are 163 graves of youngsters and elders who came to Sri Lanka from England and north Britain. The most striking aspect of a visit to this melancholy place is just how young most people were when they died – if you made it to forty you were of a very ripe old age. Some of the deaths were due to sunstroke, elephants or jungle fever. The Cargills of supermarket fame lie here.

British Garrison Cemetery Information

  • Local guides are available.

How To reach British Garrison Cemetery by Public Transport

  • You can hire a three-wheeler which is called a tuk-tuk. Walking is also recommended as all the attractions are close to each other.

Restaurants Near British Garrison Cemetery

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  • Italian
  • Thai
  • Sri Lankan food

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  • The place is mystical and offers you a small inside in some lives from foreigners that died near Kandy over 100 years ago. Very interesting.

  • British Garrison Cemetery (also known as the Kandy Garrison Cemetery) is a British cemetery in Kandy, Sri Lanka, for British nationals who died in Ceylon. It was established in 1817 just after British captured the Kandy[1] and closed in 1873 due to a ban on burials within the municipal limits, although special provision was given to allow the burial of relatives of those interred in the cemetery, with last person buried there being Annie Fritz in 1951.[2] The cemetery contains 195 graves of men, women and children. The most common causes of death were tropical diseases such as malaria and cholera. The cemetery was restored in 1998 using financial contributions from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and is currently maintained by a group called 'The Friends of the British Garrison Cemetery in Kandy'.[3] The cemetery is located within the land of the Sri Dalada Maligawa, the cemetery is maintained by the British while the Diyawadana Nilame and the Chief Prelates maintain the land.[4] Prince Charles made a visit to the graves in November 2013.[4] Notable graves Sir John D’Oyly (1774-1824), a British colonial administrator and responsible for drafting the Kandyan Convention of 1815, which resulted in the British takeover of the Kandyan Kingdom. Lady Elizabeth Gregory (1817-1873), the first wife of William Henry Gregory, Governor of Ceylon (1872-1877). John Spottiswood Robertson (1823-1856), the seventh and last recorded death of a European in Ceylon killed by wild elephants. William Robert Lyte (1846-1865), grandson of the Rev. Henry Francis Lyte, author of the hymn "Abide with Me"

  • Amazing place to visit! The cemetery is taken care of by Harsha and his uncle so please ask them for a guided tour. They are not asking for money but rather rely entirely on donations. Harsha gave us an excellent tour and he was very engaging throughout. It was a truly great experience - thank you so much!

  • If you are a British visiting Sri Lanka this is a place you must visit. Amazing place with huge history behind it.

  • Beautiful place. A must go in Kandy

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