Alamparai(Alampara) fort is a war ruin fort on the East coast road. It is 100 KM from Chennai. Not much is known about the place historically even after my attempt to gather information locally and on net.
Alampara fort was built by Mugal(Nawab of Arcot) as docking station for smaller ships in mid-17th century for exporting salt and cloths. The Fort change hands from Mugals to French and then to British within 20 years and was subsequently destroyed.
What to do at Alamparai Fort :
- Bike Ride on ECR – The Bike ride on the scenic ECR is very energizing from Chennai. Start early as possible. Plenty of fresh palm fruit, jack-fruit and coconuts on the road.
- Lighthouse : There is an old working lighthouse surrounded by a clean lake as added beauty.
- Boating : You can hire a boat for ₹500-700 rupees for 10-12 people. Get into the water with a safety jacket and rope tied around you.
- Food : You can come early and villagers there to cook for you. White rice with fish curry. Advance payment need to be made. Cost around 100 per person.
- Beach : Alamaparai has a big beach. Since the beach is mostly untouched and hardly people visit, it is clean. More like your own private beach, so bring your food, snacks, tent, water, chairs…
- Fort : The ruin fort is unguarded so you could go around and climb the fort.
How to get to Alamapari :
- Bike or Car – 50 KM from Kalpakkam via ECR road.
- Public Bus – Take Bus from CMBT or Thiruvanmiyur towards Pondicherry and get down at Kadapakkam Bus Stop. The fort is 2KM from this stop and plenty of share-auto available.