Tranquebar/Trankebar Maritime Museum

This museum was put together by the Dutch, not by our government, after the 2004 Tsunami. The is no entry fee and the guide inside, is very informative. You can also buy books and postcards here.

Below is a postcard I bought from this museum.Β The original Tranquebar/Trankebar according to the Dutch, much of this encroached by the sea now. The sea towards the east, top. Fort Dansborg on the right top, south. Danish land gate is seen at the bottom, the west wall. The 3-gopuram temple (out of which only one is standing even now) is seen in the middle of second row of building from the east wall.

tranquebar postcard and map

The original Tranquebar/Trankebar according to the Dutch, much of this encroached by the sea now.

The walls of the old buildings already encroached by the sea:

ruins of a city

Be patient, the videoΒ of the Tranquebar/ Trankebar maritime museum, might take sometime to load!


Other place to see in Tranquebar:

  1. Danish fort museum
  2. Danish Governor’s Bungalow
  3. Danish Land gate
  4. A church founded by Bartholomaus Ziegenbalg (the first protestant missionary to south-east Asia), and built in 1718
  5. A 3-Gopuram temple, 2 of which are already submerged in the sea.

Danish Land Gate, Tranquebar

Danish Land Gate, Tranquebar. Built in 1792. Restored by ASI recently!

Read about Tranquebar and my trip here

tranquebar gate or Danish land gate

tranquebar gate or Danish land gate

Below: Inscription on the back side (inner side) of the gate, built in year 1792

tranquebar gate or Danish land gate

Below: the front side of the gate.

tranquebar gate or Danish land gate

Other places to see:

  1. Danish fort museum
  2. Danish Governor’s Bungalow
  3. A church founded by Bartholomaus Ziegenbalg (the first protestant missionary to south-east Asia), and built in 1718
  4. A 3-Gopuram temple, 2 of which are already submerged in the sea.
  5. Tranquebar maritime museum, setup after the Tsunami of 2004 by Danes

Tranquebar – Land of the singing waves

A month back, someone asked me “Have you been to Tranquebar?”, I replied “I don’t know the place, I don’t drink”. πŸ™‚

Only later did I know that Tranquebar used to be a Danish colony, south of Pondicherry and 10kms north of Karaikal. Danish had come to Tranquebar in early 17th Century and they had leased Tranquebar from English for a period of time. During which they built Fort Dansborg.

About the trip:

Where: Chennai to Tranquebar
Duration: Saturday and Sunday
Budget: Rs.2,500 (could have been cheaper)
Distance: 600 kms (return)
Type of place: Heritage

Note: this place has only one ATM and it was ‘out of order’ on the weekend. And Neemrana Hotels does not accept cards, which is pretty irritating. So, carry cash.

I almost cancelled this trip!

It had already been more than a month since I went travelling, to Rameswaram, and I was itching to go travel. Heard about Tranquebar, went to google maps and made a plan. A friend and I were supposed to go to this place on Saturday morning, in his car. He pulled out on Thursday. I was left alone to do this trip and I did not want to sit idly at home, doing nothing. Went to the SETC site to book bus tickets, but there were none available. Thursday went, Friday came, I didn’t have an idea of how to go to this place. It had occurred to me to postpone this trip to next weekend, but I SO wanted to go travelling. So, Friday night, I went to Redbus site to book tickets and there was some server error and I couldn’t book a ticket (usually this site is very reliable). Then I decided to go to CMBT (bus station) and thought I will get some bus going there. I called for a Fast Track cab to pick me up at 10:30 PM take me to CMBT. Cabbie came at 11 PM and I cancelled it. I had already packed and I was frustrated that I wasn’t able to do this trip. Everything was going against the plan.

But I made it… (the advantages of solo travel! :))


My dad suggested I go to Guindy and take a bus from there. I woke up at 5:30 AM and went to Guindy, fortunately for me, I was waiting and got an A/C bus till Pondicherry. Ticket cost me Rs.190 only. Reached Pondicherry at 9:30 AM.

pondicherry, Tranquebar trip, Tharangambadi trip from chennai

Got down at the bus stand and asked around for a bus to Tharangambadi (other name for Tranquebar). Got that bus, sat in it and in 15 minutes, the bus started. Also I found out how many people it takes to load a tyre on to a bus top. πŸ™‚

chennai, pondicherry, tranquebar, travel

The bus kept going and going and some more going. Finally reached Tharngambadi/Tranquebar at 1:15 PM, after 3.5 hours of travel. Thankfully I had music and my Kindle.

I knew Tranquebar was not a big city but I expected something a little bigger that what I saw. It has one road through which buses and traffic pass through. I got off at the only bus stop for this little hamlet. I knew already that there was one hotel here by “Neemrana Hotels”. I googled for that name and got a mobile number. Called the person and asked him for directions to reach that place. He, Kiran, regional manager of Neemrana hotels, was very helpful and guided me. I walked a bit and reached the Bungalow by the beach.

Streets of Tranquebar:

Streets of Tranquebar

Streets of Tranquebar


Reached ‘Bungalow on the Beach’, went to the reception and asked for the rates. Tariff starts from Rs. 4,000, I asked him if he had anything more reasonable. They have another property called ‘Tamil Nadu House’, where the tariff for a double-bed room is Rs.990. I took that one, checked in, had a shower and came to the Bungalow on the Beach for lunch. The restaurant serves good food, costly though and the cutlery was rusting away. I will review(not a good one!) this Neemrana Hotel in another blog, now let’s focus on Tranquebar.

I had my lunch and went back to my room and rested till 4 PM. I asked around and there are few must see places:

  1. Danish fort museum
  2. Danish Governor’s Bungalow
  3. Danish Land gate
  4. A church founded by Bartholomaus Ziegenbalg (the first protestant missionary to south-east Asia), and built in 1718
  5. A 3-Gopuram temple, 2 of which are already submerged in the sea.
  6. Tranquebar maritime museum, setup after the Tsunami of 2004 by Danes
  7. Beach

Everything is close-by and you can cover the whole place in half a day. I took it slow and started with Fort Dansborg, then there was the beach I went too. It was a bit crowded because of the weekend. After which there is the 3-gopuram temple and by this time it was well past sunset. I went back to my room and freshened up, read a book and then went to ‘Bungalow by the beach’ for dinner.

The beach:Β 


Went to the ATM in a nearby village to get cash to pay the hotel people. Attended the church that was built in 1718. The church service got over by 10AM. After which, I walked around the town and chanced upon the Maritime museum. The guide, in this small shack of a museum, was very informative and explained with patience, significance of each of the artifacts. There are guide books available at this museum that will educate you more on the history of the place. This museum was setup by the Danes after the 2004 Tsunami.

The checkout time for the hotel was 12 noon. Checked out and walked to the bus stop to get a bus to Karaikkal which is south of Tranquebar. I had to go to Pondicherry, to get a bus to Chennai. The buses to Pondicherry, from Karaikkal, goes via Tranquebar, but my chances of getting a place to sit in a bus was higher if I boarded the bus from Karaikkal. So I went to Karaikkal, took a bus to Pondicherry and from Pondicherry, took a bus to Chennai and reached Chennai by 8PM, Sunday.

That was my first solo trip, and I had a wonderful experience πŸ™‚


Stay at TamilNadu House for a night: Rs.990 (is reasonable for a double-bed room, bathroom with a geyser, good view)

Lunch and dinner at Neemrana Hotel: Rs.1000 (which is pretty costly!)

Travel: Rs.500


If you want to do a budget trip, get a hotel in Karaikkal or Chidambaram. If you are staying in Chidambaram, you should add Pichavaram to your itinerary.


Tweets from Chennai- Hampi – Chennai road trip

All tweets during my Chennai to Hampi roadtrip in Skoda Rapid. Click on the links for photos.

chennai to hampi, karnataka, India

Tweet URLs/images in Tweet Date Time
Last month, Rameswaram. Last week, Tranquebar. This weekend, Hampi! πŸ™‚ woohoo!! #RTrip9 #travel #Hampi πŸ™‚


6:30:26 PM

I have a feeling this Hampi trip, this weekend, is going to be a bit expensive. #travel #rtrip9


12:09:08 AM

Less than 24 hrs to start my Hampi trip πŸ™‚ in Skoda Rapid #travel #rtrip9


7:38:42 AM

@enchantingtrvls This weekend to Hampi πŸ™‚ later will plan the rest. #travel #RTrip9


11:55:48 AM

7 more hours to begin #rtrip9 to #Hampi . #travel


9:24:54 PM

#rtrip9 almost got cancelled due to continuous rains for the last 36 hours. But we are going ahead with it, as per plan. To stary in 30 mins


5:17:48 AM

@suvishv well said πŸ™‚ #rtrip9 #travel #hampi


6:15:06 AM

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10:05:01 AM

And it rains. Beautiful #rtrip9 πŸ™‚ #TRAVEL


10:20:02 AM

The road trippers πŸ™‚ us – on the way to #hampi in Skoda Rapid#rtrip9 #TRAVEL


10:33:16 AM

What a view! #rtrip9 #TRAVEL


10:50:13 AM

Entering Banglore. #rtrip9 πŸ™‚ #TRAVEL


12:03:04 PM

CrossedΒ  Tumkur going to Chitradurga #rtrip9 πŸ™‚ #TRAVEL


1:54:18 PM

At Jai Matha daba for lunch:) NH4 #rtrip9 πŸ™‚ #TRAVEL


2:27:23 PM

Dramatic clouds, on the way to Hampi. #rtrip9 πŸ™‚ #TRAVEL


5:06:23 PM

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5:07:27 PM

Starting from chitradurga. Going to hosepet #rtrip9 πŸ™‚ #TRAVEL


5:17:47 PM

Reached Hospet. Staying at hotel Maligai. πŸ™‚ #rtrip9 πŸ™‚ #TRAVEL


8:31:48 PM

Sunflower farm. #rtrip9 πŸ™‚ #TRAVEL


8:31:54 PM

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8:44:36 PM

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10:36:02 PM

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8:45:20 AM

Having lunch at Hotel Varsha.Β  #rtrip9 πŸ™‚ #TRAVEL #India #Hampi


1:16:26 PM

Hotel varsha. Not recommended. #rtrip9Β  #TRAVEL #India #Hampi


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Superb day πŸ™‚ low batt. Will tweet more pics once im back in the hotel. πŸ™‚ #rtrip9 πŸ™‚ #TRAVEL #India #Hampi


6:40:22 PM

at Mango tree restaurant. Came highly recommended πŸ™‚ #rtrip9 πŸ™‚ #TRAVEL #India #Hampi


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8:30:36 PM

Get ready to see a flood of photos from Hampi now. Didn’t have battery. Now charging in hotelΒ  πŸ™‚ #rtrip9 πŸ™‚ #TRAVEL #India #Hampi


9:12:32 PM

Black and the rest of colors #rtrip9 πŸ™‚ #TRAVEL #India #Hampi


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On the banks of tungabadra river πŸ˜‰ #rtrip9 πŸ™‚ #TRAVEL #India #Hampi


9:20:30 PM

Tungabadra river. Quite calm. #rtrip9 πŸ™‚ #TRAVEL #India #Hampi


9:23:57 PM

Ganesha temple ruins. See #rtrip9 for more photos πŸ™‚ #TRAVEL #India #Hampi


9:30:24 PM

Broken bridge in Hampi. #rtrip9 πŸ™‚ #TRAVEL #India #Hampi


9:34:07 PM

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9:40:57 PM

Hampi thou art beautiful πŸ™‚ now to start back home. #rtrip9 πŸ™‚ #TRAVEL #India #Hampi


6:12:56 AM

Starting now. From hospet going to ChennaiΒ  πŸ™‚Β  #rtrip9 πŸ™‚ #TRAVEL


7:51:03 AM

Yet to blog the Tranquebar trip and now hampi trip πŸ™‚ is where it will be. #rtrip9 πŸ™‚ #TRAVEL #India


9:48:06 AM

And… home πŸ™‚ after #rtrip9 πŸ™‚ #TRAVEL #India


7:16:19 PM

Where I’ve treaded so far

Why I travel?

Why not?! The world is ours and why should we not make the effort to enjoy its beauty!

I’ve been to more places that what the list suggests below, but these are the places I’ve blogged about (the recent most trip is the first, in that order)

Yelagiri, Tamil Nadu, India
Varkala & Kollam, Kerala
Rameswaram, Masinagudi, Moyar
Kolli Hills




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