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“Something unbritish”
Review of Danish Fort

Danish Fort
Reviewed January 28, 2013

I did not know that the danish people also had a fort in India. Very small fort as it was used for Business only. This is the major attraction in this town. Spend a couple of hours in the museum inside and learn some history of your country

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Reviewed December 10, 2012

The Dansborg or Danish Fort is steeped in some rich history and culture dating all the way back to the 17th century. It is a modest 'palace' if one were to use the term here, and the location is idyllic with the waves lashing up against its sides and the sun bathing its walls in warm hues. However, the monument has not been maintained well or even presented to its full glory, and display within the walls lacks effort, seeming dreary, uninteresting even due to the poor lighting and signage (back-up during power-cuts is also not provided and given the frequency of these, visiting it during the day is suggested for better light). This place is a jewel from its period and deserves to be treated that way so as to portray its essence rightly to visitors.

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Reviewed September 8, 2012

if you do not visit this you do not miss much,the sea is the only lovely view in this village,when i was there it was raining evening times so everything got very humid and wet not much fun for sightseeing.

1  Thank veroniek k
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Reviewed January 16, 2012

This little known corner of the Earth was Demark’s single toe-hold on the Indian subcontinent during that crazy period in history when Europeans went around the world enslaving everyone else. Very few people know of Denmark’s role in the European land-grab so Tranquebar with its Danish colonial twist is somewhat of a hidden gem. Definitely for people with an interest in little known historical events, this Danish outpost in India should appease with not only the walled fort, but colonial era graves, a church, colonial era housing & the old crumbling city walls.

The abandoned Danish Fort known as the Dansborg Fort is currently in good condition since its extensive joint renovation by locals & Danes. Mostly empty of any furniture or life, having a healthy imagination will help make this visit enjoyable, in other words there are a lot of empty rooms & hallways. Located right on the beach, the unremarkable fort makes for a picturesque tourist site & very cool at sunrise or sunset to sit around & enjoy, recommended to at least stay one night to soak in the sleepy atmosphere of the ghost town rather than rush in & out on a tour bus. Few other places in the area could match its ideal location & vibe to escape the crazy Indian everyday hustle. There is the 700 year old Masilamani Nathar Temple within the vicinity which is slowly being eroded away by the sea which adds to the atmosphere.

During our stay we were continually reminded that the beach was ozone rich in heavy oxygen & has the second highest reading in the world behind somewhere in Switzerland, not knowing anything about ozone-rich or heavily oxidated waters It didn’t seem too out of the ordinary in the hot Indian summer. With little around there is little pollution & garbage spoiling a day sunbathing. There are 4 hotels of varying budgets all operated by the same company immediately inside the old walled town. If just turning up, beware of the sometimes sneaky tactics by management to get you to stay in the more expensive hotel. Located 275kms north of Chennai, there are no McDonald’s. KFC or Pizza Huts around but perhaps this is the appeal of escaping the big population centres.

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Reviewed January 28, 2010

interesting place for fort lovers. the danish fort is situated at seashore which adds extra beauty to this fort. once entered into the fort, you will be taken to 17th century. the museum inside the fort showcases lot of tools which they used during that period. it is worth visiting when you are nearby.

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