Activities & Attractions Near Gate House - Tranquebar

All Neemrana properties are ‘non–hotel’ Hotels, because they were originally built for other purposes. All efforts have been made to maintain the old charm of the Gate House while ensuring more than the basic comforts that have come to be associated with the changes in lifestyle since the 17th century. The Gate House offers a unique experience of seeing and ‘living’ history along with a range of local excursions that help our guests unwind and rediscover themselves. Nothing about the Neemrana experience is ordinary. Soak in the sun. Feel the sea breeze as the magical night lazily settles in. Watch the stars overhead and the sea below. The Gate House also hosts anniversaries, birthdays and other memorable occasions.

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Swimming Pool

The Gate House has a private pool now laid in its court at the back. Once you experience a lazy swim here you will never be able to own up the cosmos like this anywhere else.

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The Beach

One of the major attractions of Tranquebar is its rich ozone layer – most evident on the beach. The ozone has a rejuvenating effect and does wonders to the tired urban body. The Gate House is walking distance from the beach.

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Bird Watching

The Uppanar River is a perfect venue for bird watchers. A small uninhabited island gives the option for a lunch stop.

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Boat Rides

Boat trips may be organised along the coast, with possible visits to fishing villages. The fishermen are very friendly and you can visit their homes. 

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Dansborg Fort

Every weekend hundreds of local families from the neighbouring villages gather around the 400 year old Fort which is the second largest Danish fort after Kronborg located in Denmark. Ice-cream vendors, balloon sellers and snack stalls give an insight into the humble expression of how people like to celebrate life by the ocean in Tranquebar. 

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Dansborg Archaeological Museum

The Dansborg Archaeological Museum situated inside the fort holds a collection of curios and artefacts dating back to the Danes. It also has fossils of early centuries, coins, fish bones, Chinese porcelain and weapons. Rare paintings of Maratha kings and palm leaf manuscripts are also stored here. 

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The Governor's Bungalow

Built in 1784, the Governor’s Bungalow is currently under restoration and will be transformed into a local cultural centre. This building along with the surrounding buildings, will be a central public area for Tranquebar and its inhabitants. A library, an exhibition area, a shop, a Tamil restaurant and a tourist office will be a part of this project. 

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Masilamani Nathar Temple

The 700 year old Masilamani Nathar Temple built in 1306 by the Pandya King Maravarmam Kulasekara Pandyan is unique in its architecture. It was built combining Chinese architecture with Tamil architectural technique, possibly in an attempt to attract Chinese merchants who were visiting India. It is in close proximity to The Bungalow on the Beach which is where the guests of the Gate House dine.