During road trips, one looks for great places to stay, which have a magical way of relieving one of the journey’s fatigues and rejuvenating the whole travel experience. So in our long Mumbai – Puducherry Roadtrip, we found such a place in Tranquebar (Tharangambadi) tucked right into the beach, and aptly named The Bungalow On The Beach by Neemrana.
Tranquebar itself is a tiny fort-town, once part of the Chola and Pandya Kingdoms, it was an important trading outpost for the Danish who built the gorgeous Fort Dansborg on its beach.
The Bungalow on the Beach is located right next to the Fort, with the Masilamani Temple on the other side, and sea in its front. Built in the 18th century, this bungalow once belonged to the then Governor of Danish India. Neemrana Hotels acquired the hotel in 2000 and run this as a beautiful property along with two more properties called Nayak House and The Gate House. In 2004, two days after opening, The Bungalow On The Beach was destroyed by the Tsunami, and was restored after another few months’ work.
The rooms are gorgeous and charmingly named after Danish ships of yore, like Christianus Septimus, Countess Moltke etc. The restaurant by the pool serves delicious food, and in the evenings, cool breeze from the sea make dinner even more of a great experience. A must visit place, if you are visiting Puducherry or Chennai or just for Tranquebar (Tharangambadi).
How to reach: Tranquebar is roughly 116km to the south of Puducherry. From Chennai its about 285km to the south. Puducherry has a tiny airport, and Chennai has a large important one. Mayiladuturai is a large and busy train station 25km from Tharangambadi. You could find local transport from here to take you to the hotel.