#VacationGoals: Live In This 17th Century Bungalow That's Literally On The Beach


    Tranquility reigns supreme at The Bungalow On The Beach, a beach-side 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.

    You can take an overnight train from Mumbai to Karikal and then take a cab to Tranquebar. To make it a weekend trip, hop on to a flight to Tiruchirappalli and drive down to Tranquebar . You can also avail public transport.

    A Danish Connection

    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}.

    Price: INR 5,000 onwards

    Contact: 4364 289036

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