Thangassery: A flashback to Kerala's Portuguese past


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

Thangasseri: A flashback to the past
What remains now of San Thome Fort. Photo: Rahul R Pattom

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.

Thangasseri: A flashback to the past
The interiors of the renovated Infant Jesus church at Thangassery. The church was built way back in the 1614. Photo: Rahul R Pattom

The Portuguese built a couple of churches. In 1661, the Dutch defeated the Portuguese and took over this town.

Thangasseri: A flashback to the past
The bishop's house at Thangasseri. Photo: Rahul R Pattom

In 1795, the British defeated the Dutch and took control of the town. 

Thangasseri: A flashback to the past
The light house. Photo: Rahul R Pattom

As you stroll through the village, you will see remnants of a 450 year European culture. 

Thangasseri: A flashback to the past

Climb to the top of the lighthouse and you see Kollam in all its glory.

Thangasseri: A flashback to the past
View from another window in the lighthouse. Photo: Rahul R Pattom

View from the windows as you go up to the top of the lighthouse.

Thangasseri: A flashback to the past
The walkway. Photo: Rahul R Pattom

So if you are around Kollam, take a trip back in time - visit Thangasseri

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