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.
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:
Wheelchair access is possible via the main entrance.
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.
In 1958 the Commission moved in two graves from Kandy Civil Cemetery where
permanent maintenance could not be assured.
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
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