Just lying on the verandah on the first floor of this restored property, taking in the sea view and the cool breeze of the sea, took me away into a dreamy world, gave a nostalgic feel like no other.
I got to know about this property via the Neemrana website.
This 17th century property was totally renovated, and you will get to know about this, if you look at the photo album placed on a table near the hotel front desk. This album shows pictures of how the property looked before the restoration and now.
We booked Princess Louise on the first floor, this being the only room available at that time. This incidentally also happens to be the largest room in the Bungalow. This room is like any other typical Neemrana property in Tamil Nadu. High Ceiling, Antique type furniture, 4 poster bed, etc.
There is only 1 restaurant in this village and that is in the property, so do have a good lunch before arriving here as the checking in time is 2PM. As we reached this place at 10AM , we strolled around the village to kill time. We visited the Maritime Museum, the 2 churches nearby, and the beach side. As it was getting really humid, we decided to drive to Karaikal( 12 Kms from this place) for lunch and then get back by 2PM. We visited Thirunallar Temple( Temple for Saturn God) a famous temple around here , had lunch at Hotel Sri Kandaas and drove back to Tranquebar.
In the evening, we had a nice walk around the beach and the fort. The fort is closed every Friday, so we had to wait for a day to visit this.
There are very less options at the restaurant here. We ordered a few dishes for dinner. Frankly, I did not enjoy the dinner here as the taste was not to my liking, especially the fish items.
After dinner, my wife and I were enjoying the sea breeze on the first floor verandah which was facing the sea. The management has placed chairs and tables here as seating for the guests who wish to enjoy the sea view.
The sleep quality is excellent, and the singing waves acts like a lullaby.
The breakfast was simple, and good. We ordered omelette and Dosa. The omelettes were well made and the croissant also tasted fresh and nice. They also had freshly cut fruits, corn flakes, and toast.
We visited the Fort( entrance is Rs 5/- per head, and an additional Rs 30/- for camera).
The fort has visitors from nearby schools, and villages, where people come on a day trip to this village.
As we had an onward journey, we checked out by 11AM and leaving behind a tiny place lost in history.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The restored Bungalow stands as a reminder of a Danish Admiral, Ove Gjedde, sent by the king of Denmark with two ships. They were well received by the Nayak ruler of Tanjore, and given this territory. Then Dansborg, the Fort of Tharangambadi – a solid example of Scandinavian military architecture was established to export pepper to Denmark. The oldest Lutheran church in India was built here in 1706.Today you can drive in through a beautiful gate of the majestic King Street, past Lutheran churches and grand bungalows of the Danish Governors’ and the British Collector’s residence. Re-live marine history; visit the temples of Kumbakonam and Tanjore. The town remains a glorious tribute to architecture from across the world.Tranquebar is reputed to have the thickest ozone layer in India which is ideal for relaxation as it rejuvenates and helps all those who visit prolong their life. Facing full east, The Bungalow on the Beach gives guests their own encounter with the sun and sea breeze. Time becomes irrelevant when you stand facing the sunrise: a 14th century Pandya temple on your left and a 17th century Danish fort to the right.Come taste ‘eternity’ in a stopover! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bungalow On The Beach Hotel Tharangambadi
- Hotel On The Beach