Welcome to Tharangambadi (Tranquebar)
The tiny seaside town of Tharangambadi, still known as Tranquebar, is easily the most appealing base. A great place to recharge from the crowded towns inland, this quiet former Danish colony is set right on a long sandy beach with delicious sea breezes and fishing boats. Denmark sold it to the British East India Company in 1845.
With its colonial-era buildings, the old part of town inside the 1792 Landporten Gate makes a brilliantly peaceful stroll, and has been significantly restored since the 2004 tsunami, which killed about 800 people here. INTACH Pondicherry (www.intachpondicherry.org) has a good downloadable map.