British Garrison Cemetery – An interesting attraction in Kandy

British Garrison Cemetery

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The British Garrison Cemetery is probably not the most popular tourist attraction to visit while you’re in the beautifully rich island of Sri Lanka. However, the cemetery, eerie feelings aside, is probably one of the most beautiful in the country. Located in Kandy, the cemetery can be found in the heart of the city, closer to the popular and most sacred Sri Dalada Maligawa. Although most hotels such as Cinnamon Citadel Kandy will have planned tours that will take you to the popular tourist attractions in Kandy, it might not include the British Garrison Cemetery as one of the items on your tour list, so do make sure you visit it before heading back to your hotel in Kandy.

British Garrison Cemetery is a cemetery that was established in 1817 for British nationals who occupied the city of Kandy, but was later closed in 1873. The cemetery is known to hold around 195 graves of women, men and children and the last person to have been buried in the cemetery was Annie Fritz in 1951. It has been known that one of most common causes of death at the time were due to malaria or cholera.

The entrance of the cemetery is marked by an old chapel which has now been converted to a museum that holds an exhibit of photographs and documents with relation to the restoration of the cemetery.

The Cemetery is open to visitors from 8 am to 6 pm and is managed by the Trustees of St. Pauls Church. Although there are currently no burials held here since 1873, visitors are encouraged to walk through the paved pathways and stone tombstones.

For those interested in learning more about the history of the British Garrison Cemetery, a famous author known as John Penry Lewis wrote about it in his book titled “List of Inscriptions on Tombstones and Monuments in Ceylon, of Historyical or Local Interest with an obituary of Persons Uncommemorated”.

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Hanthana Mountain Range – Hiking through Sri Lanka’s rugged beauty

A hiking adventure in Sri Lanka is the ideal way to spend your holiday while visiting the breathtaking tropical island. Sri Lanka, located on the Indian Ocean, just off the coast of India, is a land rich in beautiful beaches and stunning mountainous landscapes. Hanthana Mountain Range is located in central Sri Lanka, south west of Kandy, therefore if you’re looking to stay at any of the Kandy hotels, make sure transport can be arranged to and from the mountain range, which would make your trek slightly more convenient. However, there are also public buses which operate from the city to Sarasawigama, which is an approximate 30 minute journey to your destination. Some hotels in the city such as Cinnamon Citadel Kandy have a wide variety of other excursions which tourists can engage in, such as hiking excursions to Adam’s Peak or The Knuckles Mountain Range.
Hanthana is a famous mountain range in Sri Lanka and has seven prominent peaks, with Ura Ketu Gala being the highest. Those adventurous enough can aim to trek through all seven peaks, while also witnessing the glorious beauty of the surrounding landscapes. The range is environmentally protected area and was declared so in February 2010 under the National Environment Act.
It is advised that a trek to the Hanthana Mountain Range should begin as early as possible, and covering the entire Hanthana Mountain Range would take at least one and a half days to two days with night time camping. If you’re interested in hiking, make sure to pack all necessary items such as camping gear, food, water, protection from rain and leeches, and other things you may need to survive for about two days in Sri Lanka’s wilderness.

 

Embekke Devalaya – The shrine of wood carvings

Visiting the hill capital of ancient Sri Lanka, Kandy, is one sure way to immerse yourself in the deep rooted culture of the country. The essence of the island is embedded in every element here, from narrow streets to every Kandy hotel. Offers might allure you here, but what will keep you in Kandy is its timeless preservation of art. The best example of this is Embekke Devalaya.

Located in Udunuwara, which literally means upper Kandy, a 45-minute drive away from Cinnamon Citadel, the Embekke Devalaya is found in the village of the same name. There are many alternative spellings of the place – Ambakka, Embekke, Embakke – so do not be fazed if the sign posts you see carry a different variant. A lone shrine that sits amidst regular dwellings, the significance of the place lies in its architecture. The Embekke Devalaya s considered to have the best wooden carvings in Sri Lanka. If you were to observe the wooden pillars that hold up the structure, you would see that each is intricately carved. These carvings are of varying objects ranging from wrestlers to female figures to mythical creatures to leaf patterns. It is believed that these pillars were originally from a royal hall in the city, but later found their way to the shrine. These carvings have made the Embekke Devalaya a favourite to visit among artists and a must-visit for local art students studying styles of Kandyan era.

According to history, the shrine was built under the patronage of King Wickramabahu II, in the 14th century, as per a request made by his queen. The Devalaya is believed to be paying homage to God Kataragama. The premises of the Emebekke Devalaya has three main components: the Devalaya or the shrine, the digger, and the hewisi centre i.e. place where ceremonial trumpets were played during ancient times.

Embekke Devalaya: Carvings

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