Tangasseri Light house, the pride of Kollam. It’s the tallest light house which has a height of 144 feet, on the shores of Arabian Sea in Kollam City. The light house is painted in Red and white bands on a cylindrical tower. It’s an operational light house since 1902 built by British East India Company and later it was modified in several years.
The Light house is built for navigating the ships near the shore and to let the sailor know about that the ship is reaching the shores as ships used to crash into the dangerous reef of Tangasseri. Since 2016, the Grand old lady has an elevator facility too 🙂
The spiral staircase from all the way up to down resembles that of a well. Though it has the elevator facility, to reach the very top of the light house there’re almost 10-20 narrow shorter steps. At the top, the authorities have showcased some of the vintage lamps and devices that are used in light houses.
You’ll get a splendid view when you’re at the very top of the light house. The breeze, church bells, kites at the eye level, the view of dwarfed coconut trees and the crashing waves will give you some good moments to get relaxed. Apart from these, the 3 km long breakwater will give a breathtaking view from the top!
Portugans are the first foreigners of Thangashery who established a trading center for pepper in 1502. In the wars with Arabs that followed, the ancient church of St.Thomas was destroyed and Portugese built St.Thomas Fort which got destroyed in the subsequent wars with Dutch. Later Dutch conquered the city in 1661. Remnants of both Portugese and Dutch can be found in Thangashery. In the 18th Century, the kingdom of Travancore conquered Kollam, followed by the British in 1795. Thangashery remains an Anglo-Indian settlemen for the continued presence of Europeans for different centuries.
This is the place where Travancore ended. Beyond this arch, surrounded by Travancore on three sides was the British controlled Tangasseri. The entry to the enclave was restricted!!
Before leaving from Tangasseri light house, we had an evening wallk through the breakwater wall, which is built to protect the harbour. On the rocks, we can visualize some great anonymous artists with their creative talents and our little one posed for few!!
Never miss a chance to visit Tangasseri if you are at Kollam!!