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Originally a town of Sri Lankan settlers Nagapattinam has been ruled by everyone from the Portuguese to the Dutch to the British. Located along the Bay of Bengal it was an important port town and the years of foreign rule are reflected in its architecture: a hodgepodge of crumbling colonial buildings and low rising modern structures. Our pick of the best places to stay in Nagapattinam are great for an off the beaten track coastal getaway.
Nagapattinam locals are largely sea faring people and deal in sea trade and fishing. Make sure to walk along the lively promanade for a glimpse of local life.
A must visit is the kaleidoscopic Masilamani Nathar Temple.
Tamil Nadu receives far fewer tourists than its busy neighbor, Kerala, and Nagapattinam even fewer.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Nagapattinam are all located within easy reach of the nearby beach.
For a heritage stay
- Overlooking Fort Dansborg Fort, Neemrana’s Bungalow on the Beach is a peaceful beach retreat. House in a colonial bungalow, rooms include terracotta tiles, four poster bed and antique furnishing. Cuisine is typical of Tamil Nadu: delicious, light fish dishes – freshly caught. Unwind on the terrace and watch the waves crash on the beach. Utter bliss.
Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of the best places to stay in Nagapattinam to start to plan your trip. Or you can look further afield at all our Tamil Nadu recommendations, or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.
Best Hotels in Nagapattinam
Neemrana's Bungalow on the Beach 8 rooms from $61Nagapattinam (Tharangambadi)
Perfect beach-side location in a property steeped in local history. Airy rooms, some with four poster beds, period furniture and light fabrics create an aura of peace. Unwind on the terrace, watch the waves break on the beach, and dine on flavourful, carefully prepared, local food.On the beach - In front of the hotel.Sights nearby - Explore colonial Tamil Nadu in the Dansborg Fort and Governer's Bungalow, or visit the sacred Masilamani Nathar TempleSwimming Pool - Outdoor swimming poolBirdwatching - Good birding near the hotel.