I had come across the information somewhere during my forever reading sessions that there is a danish port town as well one giant fort in southern India named Tranquebar. I felt intrigued because I am very fond of ancient stories and historical influences so I was certain that one day definitely I will walk down the roads where Danish Navy had walked in. While we were planning for our Christmas special trip in Pondicherry ,I had done my research to visit my dreamland for a day.
The port town of Trankebar which in Danish meant ocean currents, then It was Tranquebar and now it is named as Tharangambadi - the place of the musical waves. The town is located in Tamilnadu which is well connected by roadways from Chennai, Karaikal and Pondicherry. We had booked one car with the help of our hotel in Pondicherry and we went there for a day trip on 24th December,2018.
The place will recite you the long story since its origin. The port town has experienced the wrath of the tsunami which were evident in most of the ways. but while walking along the King's Street and Queen's street you will definitely feel the vibe that the town is fighting back.
As I have read,there was a Shiva Temple built in 1306.the temple is the oldest monument around there and the town has been built around it. (I still regret that I forgot to click pictures of that ancient temple !! )The town was under the reign of Thanjavur Kingdom. Then the Danes came around 1620.Ove Giedde,the Danish admiral fell in love with the loves and made this town as the most important trading centre for Danes in Coramandal Coast.
The town welcomed us with the European style white gate with the Danish Emblem on it. It was built on 1792. It had made me believed that I am no less than a princess entering the kingdom. Just as we entered the town, the thatched cottages along with the European buildings provided with the perfect resonance of Indo-European Cultures.They were singing their own song together.
We had visited New Jerusalem Church which is a mix of ethnic Indian and European style and it was gearing up for Christmas the next day.. the church looked beautiful inside out
Zion Church is believed to be as the first Protestant Church of India.
Fort Dansborg is locally called the Danish fort,which had given me the vibe of the GoT Fort. The roaring sea in front of the fort,the ruins due to the tsunami took me to another zone. I had never felt so composed and calm on reaching the end that brick structure.
The Maritime Museum, Boat house, Governor's Bungalow are other places that we had visited.
The Collector's Bungalow has been taken over by the Neemrana Group and is restored as one stunning hotel with lots of green inside- Bungalow By the Beach. We had our lunch there. walked along the beach in the afternoon and came back to Pondicherry in the evening.
note - The car driver took 3500 for the whole day including the fuel cost. We had a south Indian breakfast for 400 rs. for four people and lunch was around 1400 for four people. You should carry snacks and water for the road and charge your mobile and pack your earphones.. amazon prime music will be a good help for the journey..