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#4 of 41 Places To Visit in Cochin
dutch cemetery
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Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala, 682001, India
+91-471-2321132 1800-425-4747
entry fee
no entry fee
All days of the week
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
visit duration
About 2 hours

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The oldest European cemetery in India, Dutch Cemetery is a solemn reminder of the hundreds of Dutch and English soldiers and merchants who lost their lives in their attempt to expand their territory. The cemetery is more than 280 years old and was consecrated in the year 1724. Today it is looked after by the St. Francis CSI Church in Fort Kochi. Amongst the 104 tombs, lie the names of some of the eminent Europeans who had a major hand in changing the history of not only Kochi, but of the whole world. If you wish to visit Dutch Cemetery, you can ask the church for permission to open the gates for viewing. In fact, there had been so many such requests and visits made especially by European tourists, that over the years the laterite stones and the plaster covering the tombs had disintegrated. The church spend a fortune restoring the tombs back to its old look. The original calligraphic inscription of '1724' carved on the entrance of the cemetery is still preserved, along with the surrounding thick walls. Unlike other modern cemeteries, the tombs do not bear crosses but are structured in the typical Dutch architecture pertaining to that period, with Dutch inscriptions carved on them. A record of all the people buried here is maintained by the church.

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2 Dutch Cemetery reviews
Hanu Channi-Tiwary
Hanu Channi-Tiwary
Nov 12 2014
The cemetery is close to 3 centuries old and many prominent Europeans have been laid to rest here. It is taken care of by the same church that houses the tomb of Vasco-Da-Gama. Nowadays, the cemetery is usually closed for visitors as many anti-social ...... read more
Supriya Sehgal
Supriya Sehgal
The few remnants
Oct 30 2014
Another poignant reminder of the colonial presence, in the harbour town of Fort Kochi, is the Dutch Cemetery at the end of River Road. Now locked to keep curious intruders at bay, one can just peep over the gate and see the over 200 years old graves ...... read more