World War I Memorial in Kandy (මහනුවර පළමු ලෝක සංග්‍රාමයේ ස්මාරකය)

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Kandy, the last capital of Sri Lanka, was declared as an world heritage city in 1988. With 2500 years of flourishing buddhist heritage and British architecture since 1815, it a city you will find little jewels everywhere you turn.

In the small square known as Torrington Square (Also known as George R. De Silva Park), near the Kandy clock tower lies a World War I Memorial probably seen by many but not noticed. This 33 feet high granite monument with a cross at the top has been built by the British to commemorate the solders who died during the World War I.

A large number of planters enrolled as soldiers during the World War I in 1914-1918 died in battle. The purpose of the pillar was to honour those heroic soldiers. The names of these soldiers are engraved in the pillar.


  1. Abeyawardhana, H. A. P. (2004) Heritage of Kandurata: Major Natural, Cultural, and Historic Sites. Kandy: Kandurata Development Bank, in association with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.

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Route 1 from Colombo to KandyRoute 2 from Colombo to Kandy
Though : kadawata – Warakapola – Ambepussa – Mawanella
Distance :120 km
Travel time : 3.45 hours
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Distance :150 km
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Route from Kandy Railway Station to World War I Memorial in Kandy
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