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Sudarshan Sampath

Sudarshan Sampath3.6/5

3 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 ambience 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 hrs 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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Sudarshan Sampath

Sudarshan Sampath3.6/5

3 reviews

The Dutche colony

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 ambience 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 hrs 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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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

Photo by

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

Photo by

Chetana Siddagangaiah

Bungalow on the Beach, Tranquebar

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