Unplanned and Unexplored..
When VT and I plan for our road trips we have our roles called out explicitly. He chalks out the route, the map and I work on the list of places to visit, shop and stay. Most of the times I research so much that when we reach the destination, I almost feel like I have been here and seen it all. Kidding! 🙂
This Mahabalipuram-Pondicherry trip was a little different cos of many reasons – two being, for the first time we were heading out towards the East cost of India and the drive was going to be long. There were a lot of places on my list but as usual I had prioritized them based on reviews and Wikipedia. One thing about Mahabalipuran and Pondicherry is that you can spend as little or as much time as you want. It all depends on the individual. Some of us want to take a step back and relax to admire stuff. On the other hand, some of us want to cover as much as possible in the limited time.
Fort d’Alambara (Alamparai Fort) – was on my list of places to visit but I was not really serious about it. However, we had time and a little voice inside me was calling out that we should stop by on the way to Pondicherry to explore this fort. Unfortunately, this was not on the GPS and even Google maps had no signs of the place. Left with no other choice, I had lost all hopes of finding the place and was now concentrating on the drive through ECR when I saw a road in the left leading up to Apamparai Fort. I did not miss any single minute to take a detour to explore this place.
Some 15 more minutes of this drive and no sign boards in sight, we were really not sure of where were we heading. And then suddenly we were there. A blue Archeological Survey of India board kind of reassured us that this is the place. Alamparai fort was built in the 18th century and was India’s port in the east to export salt, cloth and ghee. The Bay of Bengal back waters make the place serene and the lack of tourist interest make it unexplored and untouched. It was clean and too beautiful to describe in words.
The ruins of the fort were telling a story in itself and in spite of the scorching heat there was serenity. The fort was destroyed early in history at the time when the British defeated the French. Recently in 2004, Indian Ocean earthquake also shook the place.
It was a sunny day and to be honest I was a little apprehensive about spending too much time there. As against to the usual thing, no tourists no other soul around was not so much a relief. After capturing a few moments, we headed back. But to those who want to explore the beauty and history of India – Fort d’ Alambara should be on the top of the list. I am glad I visited the fort!
Linking this post to the Thursday challenge – theme Water. This was the most beautiful water body I had ever seen.