Accordingly the season for international visits is from mid December to mid March, January being the coolest month. However for visitors from lowland India, and notably excursionists from inland Tamil Nadu, the height of the season is May (April to June) when the combination of heat and humidity away from the coast, becomes close to unbearable. During this period day-visitors will frequent Tranquebar to enjoy the breeze from the sea.
6. HEALTH & SAFETY
By tropical standards Tranquebar is quite a healthy place, and only normal health precautions should be taken. Malaria is very rare, and, when present, brought in from the outside. The very few cases of malaria encountered have been the benign Plasmodium vivax, which can easily be cured, and there is no need for taking a prophylactic.
Tranquebar has a very low rate of criminality. Only normal simple precautions should be taken.
With fisheries as a main activity Tranquebar has an excellent supply of seafood, with species variation throughout the year. Agricultural products, as almost everywhere in India, are plentiful.
8. PRESENT TOURISM
Present tourism comprise minimal visits by Western visitors, often for church or research purposes, while the newly founded Danish Tranquebar Association, based on the island of Fyn, also functions as a generator of visits. A few Danish package tour operators have Tranquebar on their schedule, as a short stop between overnights in Pondicherry and Thanjavur on the standard tour of South India, while the Danish travel agency Grace Tours organise individual standard tours by chauffeured vehicle including one night at the Bungalow on the Beach Hotel in Tranquebar.
Western pleasure tourists will visit the Fort and take a short 10-15 minute tour of the near-by streets.
Also overnight visitors from India will arrive in small numbers having an interest in history, architecture or as part of visiting Tamil Nadu temples, churches or music/dance festivals. Such visitors are decidedly up-market and will stay a the Bungalow-on-the-Beach Hotel.
Local excursionists come in large numbers by mini-bus, car, scooter or motor bike, mainly to visit the beach and enjoy the wind from the sea, but also at times for taking a sea-bath, i.e. walking, mainly fully clothed, a very short distance into the sea. Inland Indians are only rarely good swimmers. The Fort Museum receives a number of local visitors, the entrance fee being 5 Rupees for Indian nationals, but 50 Rupees for foreigners.
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