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Fort Dansborg in Tranquebar

·  Summer: March-June (29°C - 36°C)
·  Winter:  December-February (25°C - 31°C)
·  Monsoon: July-September

Best time to visit:  December-April

Opening Time: 10:30 a.m.
Closing Time: 05:00 p.m.
Weekly Holiday: Friday

Entry Fees for Indians Adults:  INR 5
Children:  INR 5
Cameras:  INR 30
Video Camera:  INR 30
Entry Fees for Foreign Nationals Adults:  INR 5
Children:  INR 5
Cameras:  INR 30
Video Camera:  INR 30
The only Danish structure in India, Fort Dansborg represents Denmark’s short-lived colonial rule in the country. Facing the Bay of Bengal, it is a spectacular trapezoidal structure built in 1620 and sold to the British in the mid of 19th century. Huge halls, towering columns and housing many interesting structures, the fort is no less than a small European town. Zion Church, Masilamaninathar Temple, Town Gateway, New Jerusalem Church, Danish Governor Bungalow, Muhldorff’s House and Rehling’s House are some of the notable structures within this huge complex.

The main attraction of the fort is its museum section that exhibits some interesting collections of Danish coins, weapons, seals, paintings, palm leaf manuscripts and Danish ship models. Warehouses, kitchens and dark tunnels leading to the prisons are also worth exploring. Charming sunrise views from the fort can leave you speechless. It is advised to avoid visiting the fort during monsoons when the area is prone to cyclones.  

Road: The scenic East Coast Road connects the town of Tranquebar with popular places like Chennai. Buses and taxis are the most convenient modes to reach the place. When in town, you can easily access the fort on foot.

Railway: Mayiladuthurai Railway Station is the closest one, about 28 km. from the fort; whereas Nagapattinam Railway Station is also close (about 33 km. away). Frequent buses as well as good taxi services connect the railheads with Tranquebar.

Airway: Trichy Airport is about 175 km. while Chennai International Airport is about 264 km. away. The fort is accessible from each of these airports by buses and taxis.