Tranquebar Maritime Museum, Tharangampadi, Nagapattinam
Tranquebar maritime museum housed in a palm and bamboo hut has a few fishing paraphernalia, a model fisherman house, a few old maps. This will soon be housed in King's street where a house is being renovated for this purpose. The Masula boat is unique to the Coramandel coast. It has several planks sewn together thus making it elastic. These boats helped the ships to transfer the goods to the fort. The making of the boat will be shown live to the visitors when the museum shifts to its new premises.
The antiquities connected with the colonial period and Danish settlements at Tharangampadi are exhibited. The museum contains porcelain ware, Danish manuscripts, glass objects, Chinese tea jars, steatite lamps, decorated terracotta objects, figurines, lamps, stone sculptures, swords, daggers, spears, Sudai (stucco) figurines, Megalithic Urn, Chola period utensils and wooden objects. There is also part of a whale skeleton, a giant sawfish rostrum and small cannonballs. Visiting hours: 10.00 a.m to 5.00 p.m, Friday- Holiday.
Tharangampadi is located at about 283 kms (176 miles) from the state capital Chennai and 30 kms from Mayiladuthurai, in Nagapattinam District. Nearest Railway Station is located at Mayiladuthurai & Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.