Portuguese Cemetery, Pulicat, Thiruvallur
Portuguese Cemetery is situated to the Northwest corner of Kottaikuppam in Pulicat in Thiruvallur District of Tamilnadu. This is an older cemetery where the Dutch, Portuguese and Indians were buried, but that area is largely inaccessible, today. This cemetery belongs to 16th century and it is in poor shape.
The compound, overrun with thorny bushes, is now frequented by miscreants in the area. The cemetery is unused now and contains 22 tombstones, including that of a lone Raya (from the Vijayanagar empire), as well as those of a few Portuguese and several Dutch people. One of the tombstones even has Tamil inscriptions on it. All the graves are in the east-west alignment.
The cemetery was discovered in 2007, by the Art and Architecture Research, Development and Education (AARDE) Foundation, a not-for-profit architecture and design service organization when it was scanning the area on Google Maps. Pulicat’s other cemetery, called the new cemetery which is under the control of the Archaeological Survey of India, is three centuries old and has 77 graves. It is near the town’s bus terminus.
The Cemetery is located at about 650 meters from Pazhaverkadu Bus Stop, 1.5 Kms from Pulicat Bus Stand, 9 Kms from Thirupalaivanam, 10 Kms from Karungali, 20 Kms from Ponneri, 20 Kms from Ponneri Railway Station, 74 Kms from Thiruvallur, 70 Kms from Chennai Airport and 55 Kms from Chennai. Town buses are frequently available from Ponneri and Red Hills.