THANKASSERY FORT KOLLAM

kollam thankasery

Location: (5 km from Kollam) Thangasseri 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.The famed lighthouse of Thangasseri which is 144 ft high, constructed in 1519 by the British is open to visitors from 1530 - 1730 hrs This seaside village of historic importance shelters the ruins of an old Portuguese fort and churches built during the 18th century. The famed lighthouse of Thangasseri which is 144 ft high, constructed in 1519 by the British Thangasseri, a silent sentinal warning seamen of the treacherous reefs of the Thangasseri, since 1902.Thangasseri was once a favourite settlement of the Portuguese, the Dutch and the English in succession, as Kollam was one of the oldest and most important port for international cashew trade on the Malabar coast. Today, it showcases a few ruined forts built by the Portuguese, and the Dutch.

 

 


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