Tarangambadi was a former Danish colony that was known as "Tranquebar".
This tiny village lies on the Coromandel (east) coast of India.
Tarangambadi is located 35-km north of Nagapattinam
and 50-km from Chidambaram.
Ore Gedde, the commander of the Royal Dutch Navy built Tarangambadi Fort, in the year 1620.The fort has two storeys and is a stunning piece of Viking architecture, with enclosing stonewalls and cannons facing the sea. The fort was the most important building, which housed the top echelons of the Danish officials. Apart from the ramparts, the rest of the buildings are in good condition.
The fort is now converted into an archaeological museum, with many weapons and artefacts from the Danish past. The museum also showcases marine life and a row of Danish ships, which sailed into Tranquebar.
Air: The nearest airport is at
Trichy, 128-km away.
Rail: The nearest railway station is at Nagappattinam, 35-km away and Chidambaram railway station is only 50-km away.
Road: Tranquebar is easily accessible from the temple town of Chidambaram. Tourists can hire taxis and vans from either Chidambaram or Nagappattinam. The town is also well connected by local buses.
Accommodation is available at the hotels in Chidambaram as well as in Nagappattinam.