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About Madras War Cemetery

Looking for a change from temples and beaches while in Chennai, then check out the Madras War Memorial. This quaint memorial styled on lines of a “Lawn Cemetery” makes for a picturesque sight with its green manicured lawns dotted with tombstones. The unique feature of this cemetery is that there are no dead bodies buried here, but only plaques that have on them inscribed the names of over 1000 British soldiers who died in the two World Wars. The plaques have the inscription 'Their name liveth for evermore'. The actual bodies lie in numerous civil and cantonment cemeteries all over India where it is not possible to maintain their graves permanently. Madras War memorial is presently being maintained by the CWGC (Commonwealth War Graves Commission) and the Government of India. It is located on Mount-Poonamallee Road, Nandambakkam, and is at a short distance from St. Thomas Mount. The cemetery is open to all and is well worth a visit when you are in Chennai, because of its unique structure and the fact that it is very well maintained.

Pro Tip: You can drop in at the Madras War Memorial while on your way to Guindy National Park or when visiting St Thomas Mount.

Highlights

  • Best Time to Visit Morning
  • Facilities Food Stalls
  • Recommended Hours Min. 1 hour
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Couple, Family
  • Allowed Footwear, Camera, Video

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