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. 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 in the early 2000s and converted into a hotel.

The hotel is made up of eight rooms and almost all of them {except the one called Elephant} are named after Danish ships that once sailed to Tranquebar many moons ago. 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 complete 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 built by the Pandiyans and is one of the rare still-standing architectural landmarks in Tranquebar 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 Danish culture, 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 armour from the bygone era are on display.

We also recommend that you wander by the Town Gate built in 1792, and also around Goldsmith Street where you can gawk at beautiful colonial mansions.

Where: 24 King Street, Tharangambadi, Tamil Nadu

Best time to visit: Dec – Apr

Price: Starting at INR 5,000

Contact: 04364 289036

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