Sri Lanka Lost Era Recalled by British Graves

Posted by admin on Sep 22, 2011

Just a few hundred metres from the clangour of the Temple of the Tooth – the holiest shrine for Sri Lankan Buddhists – lies a small Anglican graveyard that takes the visitor back in time. Walking up a short lane, you quickly leave the noise behind and have only the monkeys in the trees as company.

Here lies the British Garrison Cemetery, established in 1817 for the British army just after the British takeover of Kandy. The Kandyan kingdom had been the last part of the island, then called Ceylon, to hold out against the colonial power.

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