This Gorgeous Former Danish Colony Is Just 8 Hours Away From Bangalore 3 Days Ago

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Ten-Second Takeaway

Tharangambadi, popularly known as Tranquebar, is a tranquil, seaside town that promises a laid back holiday. An 8-hour drive from Bangalore, the town will charm you with its rich history.

Once Upon A Time

European colonisers sure did leave their mark on coastal Tamil Nadu. In Chennai, there are many monuments erected during the British Raj and in, nearby, Pondicherry you’ll encounter its tryst with the French East India Company. Travel further south and you’ll encounter a little known gem — Tranquebar {the name sounds so exotic no?}. Now officially known as Tharangambadi, this serene town was once a Danish colony between the 17th and 19th centuries.

Today, Tranquebar is a sleepy, little town that’s increasingly getting noticed by tourists. Still, you won’t encounter the crowds that you see in Pondy or Goa here. Which makes it ideal for  an easy going holiday where you spend your time relaxing and taking in the scenic views. While the town has only a handful of hotels, most prefer to stay at this gorgeous Neemrana property that’s sits on the beach.

The Singing Waves

Tharangambadi translates to “the land of the singing waves.” And the first thing you’ll notice about Tranquebar is its immaculate beach. You can walk along as the sandy shores as the deep blue waves crash onto the promenade {this is not the place to bring out your two-piece}. As you walk along, you’ll see fishermen going about their business and vendors doling out fritters.

Apart from this, Fort Dansborg, that stands on the town’s main beach, is the star attraction here. The structure is a great example of Danish architecture, of the time, and also houses a museum that showcases artefacts from the colonial period. You can also wander down Goldsmith Street gaping at old, restored bungalows. While on King’s Street, there’s the New Jerusalem Church built in 1718. The colourful Masilamani Nathar Temple is over 700 years old {although it has seen heavy restoration work after the 2014 tsunami} and is also worth a visit.