Kollam - Tangasseri Light House

Kollam - Tangasseri Light House is one of the most frequently visited excursions from the city. The Tangasseri Light House rises to a height of 144 feet. Built in the year 1902, the lighthouse still retains the splendor of its yesteryears. The lighthouse presents a captivating view of the reef filled waters of the Indian Ocean.

History of Tangasseri Light House

Tangasseri Light House was constructed in 1902 by British East India Company. The Company built the light house to help the fleets that landed on the coast of Tangasseri. During the mid 19th century a column was constructed at this place and an oil lamp was placed on it. The Tangasseri point lighthouse tower is made of brick masonry with wooden lining inside. M/s. Chance Bros, Birmingham supplied the optical equipment of the lighthouse. On 1st March 1902, a PV light with a 55mm burner was specially made inside 2nd order optic.

How to Reach Tangasseri Light House from Kollam

Rented cars are the best means to reach Tangasseri Light House from Kollam. The distance between Tangasseri Point Lighthouse station and Quilon Railway Station is about 4 km. The station lies on Ernakulam – Trivandrum rail route. The Kollam - Tangasseri Light House can also be reached from Kollam by using backwater inland navigation system.

Unlike most of the lighthouses built during the colonial period in India, the Tangasseri Light House near Kollam permits the tourists to enter its premises. The visitors are permitted to enter the lighthouse daily only for two hours between 3 P.M in the afternoon to 5 P.M in the evening. The entry fee varies from Rs. 3 to Rs. 5 depending on the age of the visitor. Children and students below 12 years are charged less than adults. The officials do not allow photography within the premises of the Tangasseri Light House.

Last Updated on 9/15/2011