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In Photos |Tharangambadi: A Scandinavian Slice Atop the Bay of Bengal

Flashbacks of Danish days engulf Tamil Nadu’s shoreside town.

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As Pondicherry basks in the limelight for its French colonies, a coastal town-let 120 kilometres shy of India’s little France remains frozen in time since Danish invasion. Tharangambadi, (anglicised as Tranquebar) translates to ‘land of the singing waves’, and rightfully so. With shores caressed by the Bay of Bengal, Tharangambadi is a beach town in the Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu. 

Succeeding the iron hold of the Chola and Pandya dynasties, the seaside hamlet got a complete makeover with the arrival of the Danes. Centuries after the British bought the town from them, the former trading port reminisces the reign of Denmark. A 6-hour drive from the scurry of Chennai to the beach town would mean enchanting Kaleidoscopic sights of Danish, British and German settlements while being charmed by the ocean breeze, just the stuff thrilling for history buffs. 

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  • Sudrisha Goswami hopes to connect people with engaging stories from spectrums of art, culture, design and communities. She can be spotted sipping a cup of hot chocolate on any given day with a book in her hand and her eyes scanning crowds for different journeys.

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