Tranquebar: Slice of Denmark in India
Overview: Walking along the King's street from the fort gate towards the Danish fort makes one feel traversing through one of the streets in Europe. The old Danish houses, Mühldorff’s House and Lutheran church and the new Jerusalem church have their own share of history in colonial India. The Zion church, commissioned in 1701, just close to the beach is the oldest protestant church in India.
The main attraction of the city, the fort Dansborg, was built in the mid 17th century, is one of the biggest Danish forts ever built. Right next to the fort is the Bungalow-on-the-beach, which is an old colonial Danish house, currently offers accommodation to the tourists.
Also lies on the beach is a very old temple of Lord Shiva, built during the Cholas in the pre-Danish era. The cool morning breeze along the sea and the rustic charm of the place was a pleasant experience. I would rank it one of the must visits if one is in Pondicherry.
How to reach: Tranquebar is around 120kms south of Pondicherry. The ECR highway is smooth but its a single road from Cuddalore and Tranquebar, so might get busy during day time. Public transport is available throughout the day.
Food/Accomodation: Though Tranquebar can be taken up as a day trip from Pondicherry, but staying here for a night can be an experience. There are a few luxury Danish villas like The bungalow on the beach and the Gate house. Food available in these villas is mostly European.