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Tangasseri Light House, Kollam

Tangasseri Light house, kollam is an icon of ancient Quilon and is situated 5 km away from Kollam town in the state of Kerala. Tangasseri or ‘Dutch Quilon’ as it was called, was once a British enclave. Meaning ‘gold village’ in local parlance, this was the hub of a flourishing trade that used gold as currency. This seaside village of historic importance shelters the ruins of an Old Portuguese fort and churches built during the 18th century. Tangasseri Lighthouse is an icon of ancient Kollam and is situated 5 km away from Kollam town in the state of Kerala.

Tangasseri Light house, kollam boasts of being the second tallest on the entire coast of Kerala and is thus even one of the most visited lighthouses in the state on this account.It is one of the two lighthouses in the Kollam Metropolitan Area and is presently under the surveillance of the Chennai Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships. The majestic tower is clearly visible and distinct, with its painted red and white oblique bands, and looks pretty indeed in all its glory and majesty. The tower has a total height of 41 metres, or 135 feet, and has been operational since the year 1902. The beacon can be seen up to 13 miles out at sea. Check out the lighthouse at Thangasseri, which is open to visitors from 1530 – 1730 hrs. Get to see the sun setting and the moon rising simultaneously at Thangasseri on the drive down the Lighthouse Road, which gives you a breathtaking view of the sea as well. Lift facility has been installed at the lighthouse to help everyone reach the top of the lighthouse with ease.

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St. Thomas Fort Tangasseri, Kollam

Saint Thomas Fort Tangasseri, Kollam  is also known as Tangasseri Fort, is a ruined fort located in the beach town of Tangasseri on the shores of the Arabian Sea. It is located around 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) from the city centre of Kollam. It is situated right between the breakwater and Vaadi Fishing Harbour. 

Tangasseri was associated with the Chinese trade from the first millennium AD and later colonised by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British to become the “gold village”. According to Historians, Captain Rodriguez came to Quilon and was appointed as the captain of the factory and trade, with permission from the queen. St.Thomas Fort (once known as Fortaleza da São Tomé) was built by the Portuguese under Afonso de Albuquerque for the protection of the newly developed trade. In 1505 the Portuguese established a trading port here, and in 1518 established its sovereignty through the construction of St. Thomas Fort Tangasseri, Kollam Later in 1661 the town and the fort were handed over to the Dutch who made it the capital of Dutch Malabar. The Dutch occupied the fort for several years. In 1795, the British East India Company took possession of the fort. In 1823 Fort St. Thomas accepted a lease by Travancore from the British Government for a period of twenty years.

“Thangasseri” literally means “Gold village” in Malayalam language. The place was named as Thangasseri because this was the place where trade was done using gold as the currency. Thangasseri Fort was the favorite spot of the Dutch and the Portuguese. The Thangasseri Fort was constructed in the 16th century and right now only the ruins are left behind. The fort was about 20 feet tall. In olden times, Thangasseri was of strategic importance to the colonial powers that were constantly trying to establish their control of trade on the Malabar Coast. As per records, the Portuguese initially approached the Rani of Quilon in 1517 to construct a factory at Thangasseri for trade purposes, which was granted. However, it is believed that the locals subsequently burned down the factory. Although the Portuguese were given permission to rebuild the factory, they decided to build a fort instead. In 1519, the Thangassery Fort was constructed strategically on a promontory overlooking the choppy waters of the Arabian Sea. Thangasseri was sequentially under the Dutch who defeated the Portuguese in 1761 and then passed into British hands with the rout of the Dutch at Kochi in 1795.

The Portuguese Cemetery (after the invasion of Dutch, it became Dutch Cemetery) of Tangasseri in Kollam city, India, was constructed around 1519 as part of the Portuguese invasion of the city. Buckingham Canal, a small canal between Tangasseri Lighthouse and the cemetery, is situated very close to the Portuguese Cemetery. A group of pirates known as the Pirates of Tangasseri formerly lived at the Cemetery. The remnants of St. Thomas Fort and Portuguese Cemetery still exist at Tangasseri. 

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Tangasseri Breakwater – A Man made wonder

The historic Tangasseri village bearing the reminiscence of Dutch aBritish rule is set to become a breakwater tourism destination. The fishery harbour at Vaadi is a basin for traditional fishermen, achieved by the construction of two breakwaters originating from harbour engineering department. Tangasseri Breakwater, a man made wonder is located right next to the Light House and is one of the longest breakwaters in Kollam, Kerala.

The length of the main breakwater is 2100m and of the leeward breakwater 550 m. This provides sufficient beach length for landing facilities for all operational craft. The main entrance to the backwater begins from the Harbour Engineer Department Office Premises close to the light house. Entry is strictly with advance permission from the harbour engineering office. They do entertain tourists and general visitors who go for walking and cycling through the breakwater. The road through the breakwater is wide enough for a vehicle to drive through. However there is no permission for vehicles to enter the premises. It is quite an experience to walk or cycle through the Tangasseri Breakwater, a man made wonder while you enjoy a breath taking view of Arabian Sea, Light House, Kollam Port, Kollam Beach and The Quilon Beach Hotel. 

The area including the lighthouse at Tangasseri, a mascot of Kollam, will be developed into a tourism hotspot under the Rs 2.5-crore project. An amphitheatre will be the main attraction for tourists. The fund has been allotted by the tourism department based on the proposal put forward by the harbour engineering department. A tourist facilitation centre and the boating in the breakwaters will also be introduced as part of the project under the harbour engineering department. The project is said to be open to public by 2022. 

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