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Alamparai Fort

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Grab Your Squad This Weekend And Drive Down To The Stunning Alamparai Fort On ECR

Anirudh posted on 11 August

Ten-Second Takeaway

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 Is It?

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 18th century. After being destroyed once by the British and later by the devastating tsunami in 2004, the fort has turned into a heritage site and a tourist spot for Chennai folks. As it lies on the popular East Coast Road {ECR}, you can drive down to the 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 actually shot at this fort.  

Who Is It For?

If you are looking for a place to do a nice day trip with your squad, then this is the perfect spot. Within driving distance from Chennai, this spot makes a great case for history-meets-unspoiled-beach combination.

What Is The Place Like?

The fort is a lesser-known attraction near Chennai, and is never crowded during any time of the day.  So if you are a person who enjoys privacy and serenity, this is surely the place for you. I would recommend you take along some food with you as only sugarcane and lime juice prepared by local residents is available outside the fort.

How Was My Experience?

I drove down to Alamparai Fort with a couple of my friends on a Friday afternoon. The weather was perfect for a long drive on the ECR {which has a sea view at certain points} and we reached the fort in an hour. The fort faces the backwaters across which there is a beach. We walked along the shallow path through the backwaters {fishermen offered us a ride on the boat but we preferred to walk} and reached the seashore. The beach was deserted; the sand was so clean with corals and shells, and the water was absolutely clear. It really looked like one of those beaches of Thailand. It was a great experience; I got really good photos too.

How To Get There?

Alamparai Fort is located 100 kms from the heart of Chennai — a little off the ECR, further down Mahabalipuram and 50 kms 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.  

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Alamparai Fort

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    locationEdaikazhinadu

    Edaikazhinadu, Tamil Nadu

    Monument

    Alamparai Fort

    locationEdaikazhinadu