In the late afternoon we had a first walk on the new promenade that was built on what is left of the Dutch fort foundation. The Chinese fishing nets were still there and in operation. We were very surprised to see how many mainly Indian tourists where enjoying the breeze. It was also full with tourist shops and small food stalls.
Next day we started to do the Dutch heritage walk in Fort Cochin, mapped out by Bauke van der Pol. One of the heritage hotels is also offering such a walk online. The St. Francis church with some Dutch gravestones in the inside wall was full of Indian tourists who were rushing through and queing for taking pictures.
The vicar told us that the Dutch cemetery further away was open. When we arrived it was closed. Pictures from the back showed some heavily growing of bushes making some grave tombs unrecognizable. Later when we went with a guard from the church we saw that some maintenance is done occasionally. See for more info on church and Dutch cemetery also their website.