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About The Gate House

Traditional Tamil villa, heritage restored, with rich woods, antiques and pool

Tharangambadi, 'dancing waves' in Tamil, was once a small village on the Coromandel coast in south-east India. In 1620, a Danish admiral, ambassador of the King of Denmark, arrived here to study pepper trade options. The Danes christened the village 'Tranquebar' and erected a distinctive Danish Fort, 'Dansborg'. In the 1690s many Danes bought houses in the area and gradually a small Danish township took shape, with a Tamil colony beyond.
The fort still stands as a protected monument and the Gate House has been restored as an example of indigenous Tamil architecture with red tiled roofs and 6 rooms surrounding a central courtyard.

A traditional Tamil house, with period teak fittings and a pool!

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