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Kandy War Cemetery

  • Country Sri Lanka
  • Total identified casualties 198 Find these casualties
  • Identified casualties from First & Second World War
  • GPS Coordinates Latitude: 7.28172, Longitude: 80.60807

Please note

Please be aware of the following:

Parking is located on a bend, on the side of the road.

The steep grass banks can be a slip hazard.

Beware of falling coconuts.

Location information

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 continue over a traffic island and take the next left at the CWGC signpost down Lady Magdalene Drive. The Cemetery is approximately 1.5 kilometres along this road.

Visiting information

Before considering a visit to Sri Lanka the Commission strongly recommends that you check the advice given by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on the travel section of their website:

Kandy War Cemetery is open every day between 07:00-16:00. Outside of these hours the cemetery is locked. Wheelchair access is possible via the main entrance.

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History information

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.

The Army Graves Service transferred to this cemetery service war graves from Divatalawa Boer Military Cemetery; (including graves which had previously been moved from Divatalawa Camp Cemetery and Diyakaduwa Cemetery and from Bandarawala in the Punjab); Galkissa General Cemetery; Ihala Vitiyala Burial Ground; Kandy Civil Cemetery; Kollonawa Burial Ground; Kotagala Forest Creek Cemetery; Mahaiyawa Cemetery; Murugampola Cemetery; Rawatawatte General Cemetery, Moratura; Tibotugoda Etakorasa Cemetery and Trincomalee Hindu and Buddhist Cemetery.

The Special Memorial commemorates a naval man known to have been buried in the cemetery but whose grave could not be precisely located. It bears the superscription "Buried near this spot". There is 1 Commonwealth burial of the 1914-1918 war and a further 196 Commonwealth burials of the 1939-1945 war commemorated here. In addition there are 4 Foreign National and 2 non world war burials.