Ten-Second Takeaway

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.  

By The Sea

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.

bungalow on the beach at tranquebar

Source: Neemrana Hotels

The hotel is made up of eight rooms and almost all of them {except the one called Elephant} are named after Danish ships that sailed to Tranquebar, many moons ago. So, there’s Prince Christian, Crown Prince of Denmark, Princess Louise, and Countess Moltke to name a few. The interiors of the bungalow, though renovated, maintain the antiquity. Rooms are fitted with old-world four poster beds, antique rocking chairs, chests and dressers.

Any one who has stopped by The Bungalow On The Beach agrees that it is perfect for just lazing around. You can sit for long hours in the verandah and gape at the sea in the front. When you are done with that, you can stare at the 15th century Danish Fort that’s on one side of the hotel. On the other side, there’s a 14th century Masilamani Nathar Temple that was built by the Pandiyans and is one of the rare, still-standing architectural landmarks, in Tranquebar, that is reminiscent of the town’s Tamil heritage.

Land Of The Singing Waves

Before the Danish 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}.

Where: 24 King Street, Tharangambadi

Price: INR 5,000 onwards

Contact: 4364 289036

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