A Day At The Kanatte

Posted: March 7, 2011 in Uncategorized

There’s something very serene about the Borella Kanatte during the day. It’s actually an awesome place to picnic if it weren’t so awkward to tell people ‘hey I’m gonna go eat a sandwich in a graveyard.’

Tall trees, wide trees, leafless ones, ones that break out from the ground and topple tombstones, and lots of flowers – so much life growing on human fertilizer. And it’s quiet despite being next to the busy road, as if the city just stops at the gate.

Two friends and I walked around taking pictures of the greenery, the rows of death wrapped up in neat square concrete boundaries, the stone statues of angels looking deep in thought, the odd white crane camera-shy and hopping around the graves with its little bird feet. For a place where dead people go, it’s actually not even remotely creepy or sad, on the contrary it’s full of life and light.

I’m sure most of you have been there at some point or another to see someone being lowered to the ground but just go to take a leisurely stroll one day. Maybe don’t tell people too much about it though because it’s usually socially unwise to say you take leisurely strolls through graveyards and someone will quite possibly put their hand on your shoulder, furrow their brows, and say very slowly, ‘Hey. Are you okay man?’

If this does happen though, just say, ‘Are any of us?’ and look into the middle distance, because that’s funnier than saying yes.

  1. dee says:

    I agree… its lovely in april when the esesla trees are in bloom… yellow yellow everywhere! 🙂

  2. Jack Point says:

    I seem to like graveyards myself.

    If you go in from the Catholic section, (entrance from the road that passes on the side, opposite AF Raymonds) you will find the graves of some French sailors who drowned when there ship sank. (Its on the left, just after you walk in) Some particularly interesting marble statues there. Also trying to translate some of the Latin and French inscriptions is also fun.

    Even the little graveyard in Kirulapone quite nice, even though it is very small and has no marblework to speak of. There is a nice breeze and an air of stillness that is very nice.

    Since we don’t have a proper park anymore (I think the Victoria park has been ruined), this is the next best thing.

  3. Chavie says:

    Loved the pics… graveyards are orsum! 😀

  4. Sigma says:

    Lol – looks like quite a few people agree with you Maks!

  5. Camicazi says:

    My sentiments exactly! There’s a war cemetery in Kandy, and it’s just breathtaking!

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