Grab Your Squad This Weekend And Drive Down To The Stunning Fort On ECR
Within driving distance from Chennai lies the stunning ruins of the Alamparai Fort. Unspoilt beaches, backwaters and Instagram friendly views make this an awesome day trip.
What Makes It Awesome
Once a seaport, the ruins of the Alamparai fort overlooks the magnificent Bay of Bengal. The fort was built during the Mughal-era in the 17th century. After being destroyed once by the British in 1760 and later by the devastating tsunami in 2004, the ruins of the fort has turned into a heritage site and a tourist spot for Chennai folks.
The architecture in itself is an experience. Covering an area of 15 acres, the fort is built of bricks and limestone. At the centre of the fort, there is a mausoleum. There are tall walls that surround the fort and gleaming res bricks that lead to the top of the tower. The watchtower provides views to die for. As it lies on the popular East Coast Road (ECR), you can drive down to the Alamparai fort for a scenic view and a clean beach experience. With the help of the local fishermen, tourists can even have a fishing and boating experience. Don’t forget to bring along your cameras (even a phone camera will do actually), because you will have ample opportunities to click breathtaking pictures at this location. Many Tamil movies have had scenes, which were shot at this fort.
The best season to head here is probably October to January when the rains aren't crashing down or the sun is booming in the sky. Alamparai Fort is located 100 km from the heart of Chennai — a little off the ECR, further down Mahabalipuram and 50 km before Pondicherry. Since it is located in a village between Chennai and Pondicherry, one has to drive down from Chennai and return back after visiting the fort as there are no hotels or lodges nearby. It is rather unsafe to venture to the fort after sunset. To avoid the unforgiving sun and the heat, carry an umbrella and wear enough sunscreen so as not to get sunburns. You might not food and water easily nearby so it is advisable to carry your own food and water bottle as well.
You can trek up to where the fort is, however, the entrance inside the fort is now prohibited to visitors for safety reasons. However, you can still experience the beauty of the scenic surrounding and the ruins of the once magnificent fort.
The fort is a 100 km away from Chennai and 50 km from Pondicherry. You can catch a local bus nearby and then have a trek from there. However, the easiest way to reach the fort is to drive down to the place.