The Ruins by the Sea’ is an apt title for Alamparai Fort because that’s how it is exactly. All that remains of the once a sea-fort are a few dilapidated walls. Yet it features on the list of forts in Tamil Nadu, thanks to its unique location. Drive down the East Coast Road from Chennai for about 108 km and you reach a small coastal village called Kadappakkam. The ruins of the fort are situated on the shore of this village. This place is surreal. Here a stretch of sand separates the backwaters from the sea. To understand the charisma of this place, you have to be here. No words can do justice to the beauty of this magical shore-side landscape. One thing is apparent that Alamparai is more about a weekend escape from Chennai and less about heritage. For nothing worth exploring has survived here for the heritage explorers.
Note: At the end of the post there is a short video showing Alamparai Fort and its surroundings.
Originally the fort was spread over an area of 15 acres and was made of bricks and limestone. It was built in the early 18th century. Initially it was with Nawab of Arcot. And just like many other forts, it eventually landed in the hands of the British. Today fishing is the staple occupation in the village here. These fishermen also double up as the boatmen for the tourists.
The map below shows driving directions from Chennai to Alamparai:
How to Reach?
Railway: The nearest railway station for Alamparai is at Chengalpattu, 68 km northwest.
Road: Alamparai is 108 km south of Chennai and 54 km south of Mahabalipuram.
Air: The nearest airport is Chennai International Airport.
Here is the short video of Alamparai
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