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    This Gorgeous 17th Century Colonial House In Tranquebar Is A Slice Of Denmark In Tamil Nadu

    Navya posted on 15 June


    Tranquility reigns supreme at The Bungalow On The Beach, a beachside property, in Tranquebar, that was once the home of high-ranking Danish admirals and, after they left, the Collector of the British East India Company.  

    Beach Feels

    The Bungalow On The Beach stands gracefully by the frothy, blue waters of the sea. Its white-washed exteriors are topped by a slanting, red tile roof. And its long verandahs, that run around the building, and its many columns remind you of its colonial past. Built by the Danes in the 17th century, the property was taken over by the Neemrana Group {the same folks behind Villa Pottipati in Malleswaram} in the early 2000s and was converted into a hotel.

    Now, the rooms, named after Danish ships mostly, are a blast from the past, and you won’t regret checking in. There are eight rooms in total, each with four-poster bed, and a different view of the vast sea, that is right beside the property. In fact, from the corridors and verandahs, you can look straight over the swimming pool and over the rocks, onto the sea. I told you it’s right on the beach!

    A Danish Connection

    When you are done being like the suave admirals if your fancy rooms, hit up the pool for a lazy swim and a breakfast. Then head off for a bit of touring as this town has got quite a bit of history.

    Before the Danes came by, Tranquebar was known as Tharangambadi {it is now officially called by this name} or the Land of The Singing Waves. While you can’t bring out your bathing suit here, you can surely wander about the beach, taking in the sights and sounds of the sea while fishermen go about their business. 

    Given the lands’ tryst with the Danish, there’s plenty to explore on that front too. You can take a tour of the Danish Fort {also known as Fort Dansborg} and stop by the in-house museum where Danish manuscripts, porcelain ware, sculptures, lamps, and armoury from that bygone time are on display. We also recommend that you wander by the Town Gate that was built in 1792 and also around Goldsmith Street where you can gawk at colonial mansions {many of them are being restored by Indian National Trust For Art And Cutural Heritage or INTACH}.

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    Location Details

    24, King Street, Tharangambadi, Tamil Nadu

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