Porto Novo (Parangipettai)

PORTO NOVO (PARANGIPETTAI)

This port, now defunct, was associated with several European powers such as the Portugese, Dutch, Danish, British and the French. One can still see the ruins of a Dutch cemetery (Hollander Thottam), the battlefield where the British under Sir Eyre Cool defeated Hyder Ali and the French in 1781 in their last decisive fight, the remnants of a Danish factory and an English iron works. Porto Novo is now an important fisheries centre. Regular bus services are available from Chidambaram.This port, now defunct, was associated with several European powers such as the Portugese, Dutch, Danish, British and the French. One can still see the ruins of a Dutch cemetery (Hollander Thottam), the battlefield where the British under Sir Eyre Cool defeated Hyder Ali and the French in 1781 in their last decisive fight, the remnants of a Danish factory and an English iron works. Porto Novo is now an important fisheries centre. Regular bus services are available from Chidambaram.

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