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Garrison Cemetery of Kandy

Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha, Kandy, Ancient Central, Sri Lanka.
Location : Kandy
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The Garrison Cemetery was opened in 1822 as the final resting place for British nationals who passed away while in then colonised Ceylon. The cemetery was open until the 1870s, when it was closed due to lack of space.
The cemetery contains 195 graves of varying shapes and sizes, of men, women and children who died during the period it was functioning. The most common causes of death were tropical diseases such as malaria and cholera. There are several who had passed away due to heat stroke as well.
It is evident how alien the tropical climate was for the colonists because the average age of those buried is under 30, apart from a few exceptions. The cemetery, which was neglected for years, was restored and is now maintained entirely on donations by a group called The Friends of the British Garrison Cemetery in Kandy.
The cemetery caretaker Charles Carmichael is the best guide you can have for a tour. He knows the stories behind the tombs by heart and will point out the more interesting stories. Today, around 195 graves have been identified.
The Cemetery is managed by the Trustees of St. Pauls Church and is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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