Alamparai -a photo feature
The milestone says about 50 kms to
, when I pass a fish market in Kadapakkam. I take a detour and drive through a lost hamlet surrounded by backwaters. I take another detour and enter the portals of a port lost amidst the ruins, located right next to the seashore. There is no one in sight. Coconut and palm grooves shelter the broken bricks as the rubbles resonate with the glory of the past.
This is the 17th century Alamparai fort also called Alampara or Adamparai. Built during the Mughal era it was ruled by the Nawab of Carnatic and was later on gifted to the French for their support. The British eventually destroyed the fort and the dockyard which was more than 100 metres long.
A rusted ASI board gives us more information. Alamparai, it says was the ancient
, mentioned in the literary work, Siruppanatruppadai. The sea port was used for trade by the Arcot Nawabs and zari , salt and ghee were exported from here. Coins were minted from here as well and later on the mint was shifted to neighbouring land of Idaikazhunadu . The mint built on a highway near Alamparai here even housed a Shiva temple, a “choultry “ and a pond and was built for the benefit of the travelers coming down this route towards Rameshwaram.
“Do you want to go boating ?” asks a local . The sea looks inviting, but the sun sends me a warning . I decide to give it a pass although the salts of the sea did beckon us.
Beautiful composing of pictures! The blue sky gives a perfect background. I had been to this fort ruin last year and being near the water was wonderful.
This place is very peaceful, but it is much ruined now, Its one of precious antic place. The sea side and combination of land, water and blue sky add wonderful scene.
The place is really beautiful. Nagaon beach in Alibaug near Mumbai is also similar.
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Hi Lakshmi! I just came across your blog and have been thoroughly enchanted by it! India has such a rich heritage and culture that there is so much to learn and discover and explore everyday! I will be visiting India in a few months and we’re planning on travelling in Kerala and Tamil Nadu! Cant Wait!
The coast is just wonderful, and the way you’ve captured it. Keep up the good work! mytravelfitness.com
Like idling at such quiet beautiful unspoilt places. Been to Pondy. Should visit this place next time.
nice pic . been to pondycherry so many time but had never visited this place. will have to check out soon
Nice blog Lakshmi! I have been to Alamparai fort as well. I see your style is more of travel writing 🙂 I liked it!
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