Dutch Cemetery, Kochi
This cemetery seems a bit abandoned and most of its tombs are partially covered by the plants, but is interesting to read the inscriptions and imagine the kind of people who are buried here.
It was built in 1724 to bury Europeans who died here on the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Now is managed by the Church of South India.
The 282-year-old Dutch Cemetery in Fort Kochi is considered to be an authentic record of hundreds of Europeans - both the Dutch and the English - who arrived in India to expand their colonial empire. It is the oldest European cemetery in India. Consecrated in 1724, the cemetery has 104 tombs. It is now being looked after by St. Francis Church.
The gates are closed for fear of damage to the graves, but they can be opened on request.
Consecrated in 1724, making it one of the oldest in India, the tombstones here are the most authentic record of the hundreds of Europeans who left their homeland on a mission to expand their colonial empires, an event which eventually had changed the course of history of this land.