Activities & Attractions Around The Bungalow on the Beach - 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 Bungalow on the Beach while ensuring more than the basic comforts that have come to be associated with the changes in lifestyle since the 17th century. The Bungalow on the Beach offers a unique experience of seeing and ‘living’ history along with a range of local excursions that help our guests discover South India. 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. Our hotel in Tranquebar also hosts anniversaries, birthdays and other memorable occasions.

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The private garden pool is situated between the Bungalow and the sea, surrounded by a sun-deck. 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 Bungalow on the Beach literally sits on the beach on which it commands an emblematic position.   

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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. 

Dansborg Archaeological Museum

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. 

Governor's Bungalow in Tranquebar

The Governor's Bungalow

Built in 1784, the Governor’s Bungalow now being restored. 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. 

Masilamani Nathar Temple in Tranquebar

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 touches the pool edge of the property and no effort to visit.  

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The Shore Temple's
As guests embark on their heritage journey from Chennai Airport to the 17th c. Neemrana's Bungalow on the Beach in Tranquebar, a stopover is recommended at the 725 AD Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram which is a captivating midway pause, bridging the gap between the bustling city and the tranquil coastal retreat.
Located 60 kilometers south of Chennai in Tamil Nadu, this structural temple, crafted from granite blocks, offers a profound glimpse into India's heritage. As part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram since 1984, it stands as one of Southern India's oldest structural stone temples.
The temple was once referred to as the "Seven Pagodas" by Marco Polo and European merchants. It served as a vital navigational landmark for seafarers due to its pagoda-like appearance.
The Shore Temple's architecture is a testament to ancient craftsmanship, with finely cut local granite forming its pyramidal structure. Inside, the Dharalinga, a Shivalinga in Rajasimha style, stands at 6 feet tall, exuding a sense of divinity. The Somaskanda panel, a carved stone depiction of Shiva, Parvati, and Kartikeya, adorns the temple walls.
Wandering through its chambers, one encounters sculptures of Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva as Tripurantaka, and Durga. A circumambulatory passage allows visitors to pay homage in a clockwise direction.
Intriguingly, this temple, like Neemrana's Bungalow on the Beach, preserves India's architectural and spiritual heritage, making it an ideal stopover for travelers embarking on a voyage through time, from ancient India to the 17th century, all while witnessing the serenity of Tranquebar's shores.