Thangasseri, about five kilometers away from Kollam town is one of those pockets that boasts of colorful past. This seaside village used to be a busy port during the 18th century. The Portuguese set up a fort and a couple of old churches here. The lighthouse was commissioned in 1902. Our photographer Rahul R Pattom takes a stroll through this sleepy village.
This arch was built by the British at the entry point to Thangasseri in 1939
Thangassery was leased out to the Portuguese and they built a fortified city in the early 1500s. The San Thome fort, as you can see now is in ruins.
The Portuguese built a couple of churches. In 1661, the Dutch defeated the Portuguese and took over this town.
In 1795, the British defeated the Dutch and took control of the town.
As you stroll through the village, you will see remnants of a 450 year European culture.
Climb to the top of the lighthouse and you see Kollam in all its glory.
View from the windows as you go up to the top of the lighthouse.
So if you are around Kollam, take a trip back in time - visit Thangasseri