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1The Bungalow On The Beach, Tranquebar
The Bungalow On The Beach, Tranquebar

HolidayIQ Traveller Gaurav says, "It was a bewitched abode by itself. Actual calm and serene beaches and to accompaniment the bank you accept too acceptable ancestry acreage - Bungalow by the beach. It was a anesthetic acquaintance watching sun acceleration and sun set from the allowance and the appearance of old dutch acropolis on one ancillary and age-old hindu temple on the added side. Staff was actual affable and we acquainted actual special. They accept a acceptable mix of continental and bounded cuisines ambrosial to our aftertaste buds. The apartment are a big highlight with the aged setup.It is a colonial architecture with accurate apartment and the abundant set up with actual absorbing appliance. It is like blockage in a baby museum. The account is as accepted abundant with acceptable breakfast and dinner. Array of the ailment continental and Indian. You can airing to the apple and the acropolis and relaxe. It is an ideal break if visiting Tranquebar."

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2Tharangambadi
Tharangambadi

From 1620 to 1845, this small town was a Danish colony in India, well before the British invaded India. The first printing press in India was established here and the beach in Tranquebar (now known as Thrarangambai) is said to have the second richest ozone content in the world.

Sudarshan Sampath from Bangalore shares: “With the view of danish fort and lots of old. Well we spent good 2 hours in the fort seeing the Dutch architecture and design their store areas of Arm and Ammunition, Ration, visiting the old churches was an experience. We also went to Velankanni church. Very huge and a powerful place. A place to heal oneself.”

Manoj Bawa stayed the Bungalow on The Beach: The location is for those keen to visit the Danish fort/ colony at Tranq. The hotel building which was destroyed by the tsunami has been renovated very well and though there is no room service, the people in the hotel are very helpful. There is no elaborate menu and though the food tastes good, there is room for improvement. 

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Reviews (3)

Sudarshan Sampath

Sudarshan Sampath3.6/5

2 reviews

The Dutch colony-Tranquebar

We friends were looking for total solitude, beach, new destination, a colonial place and a history to reckon with and of course a long drive. Started off early morning with the map. Had sumptuous breakfast at Krishnagiri. After 7 long hours reached the Bungalow by the beach, the ambiance was of the old colonial style room and furniture with a nice sitout and pool beside to take a evening dip. There are no other hotels except at the Bungalow. Next day it was fun to see the morning sunrise. With the view of danish fort and lots of old. But well maintained churches along the two kms walk to the main road. Well we spent good 2 hours in the fort seeing the Dutch architecture and design their store areas of Arm and Ammunition, Ration, visiting the old churches was an experience. We also went to Velankanni church. Very huge and a powerful place. A place to heal oneself. There we heard instances of people being healed for incurable diseases. A must visit place.

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Ravi Bs

Ravi Bs4.3/5

2 reviews

Amazing Place

Good Place to relax on the beach & the Old rebuilt bungalow gives you all the reasons to be there.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Attractions are the heritage temples which are close by to this place & Not to be missed is the Fort which is next to Nimrana Resorts - Bunglow on the beach

Activities & things to do: Absolutely nothing to do except relaxing....but you can watch fishing in the surroundings.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Be ready for a long journey.Best is to go by train to Nagapattanam & just 30 KMS from here to Tranqubar.

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Tranquebar Overview

Tranquebar is a small panchayat town situated in the Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu. The name of the town Tranquebar is derived from the word 'Tharangambadi', meaning 'Land of the Singing Waves'. From 1620 to 1845, this small town was a Danish colony in India. Between the 10th century and 13th century, Tranquebar was under the rule of the Chola dynasty, which was later annexed by the Pandyas in the 14th century.

The town was under the rule of Thanjavur king, Raghunatha Nayak, in the 15th century. During this period, Tranquebar was an active international trading port and was popular amongst Moravian entrepreneurs, German theologists and Muslim traders. It was also the main trading hub for Arab and Portuguese traders.

When construction of the Dansborg Fort began in 1620, it marked the establishment of the Danish East India Company. Dansborg Fort is quintessential Scandinavian military architecture and was constructed by the Danish Captain, Ove Gjedde. The construction of this fort started after a treaty was signed between the king of Denmark and the Thanjavur king on November 19, 1620. This treaty was signed for approving the export of pepper from India.

The Danish East India Company took over the entire town of Tranquebar by 1777, which was later captured by the British in 1801. Again in 1814, Danish colonial rulers regained control of the town, which was eventually purchased by the British in 1845. Tranquebar is essentially a fishing village that is renowned as the first Danish settlement in India.

It is also the place where the first printing press of India was established and where the first Protestant missionaries arrived in India. The beach in Tranquebar is said to have the second richest ozone content in the world.

Apart from fishing, the local inhabitants also weave baskets using bamboo and make small household items with coconut shells. Travellers coming to Tranquebar can buy local handicraft items such as jewellery made from beads, jugs, toys, idols made of terracotta, slippers made of palm leaf and wood furniture.

The best way to explore Tranquebar is on foot. The town is pretty small and tourists can take a self-guided walking tour around the town. There are not many dining options in Tranquebar except Bungalow on the Beach on King’s Street.

The main tourist attractions in Tranquebar are Town Gate, Old Danish Cemetery, New Jerusalem Church, Ziegenbalg Museum Complex and Masilamani Nathar Koil. Poompuhar, Chidambaram, Velankanni, Pichavaram and Karaikal are some of the famous places where excursions can be planned from the town of Tranquebar.

The Tiruchirapalli International Airport and the Chennai International Airport are the two nearest airports from Tranquebar. Chidambaram and Nagapattinam railway stations are situated just few kilometres away from Tranquebar. Buses are also available to travel to the town from the neighbouring towns and cities, like Chidambaram, Nagapattinam, Chennai, Karaikal, Puducherry, Thanjavur and Tiruchirapalli, on daily basis.

The months of October, November and the first week of December are best avoided, as it rains heavily in Tranquebar during this season. The best time to enjoy sightseeing and swimming in Tranquebar extends from February through August, when the temperature is moderate and the weather is cool.

Photos of Tranquebar

Town Gate, Tranquebar

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Chetana Siddagangaiah

Town Gate, Tranquebar
Town Gate, Tranquebar

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Chetana Siddagangaiah

Town Gate, Tranquebar
Bungalow on the Beach, Tranquebar

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Chetana Siddagangaiah

Taken from Danish fort
Bungalow on the Beach, Tranquebar

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Chetana Siddagangaiah

Bungalow on the Beach, Tranquebar

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