Overlooking an undying expanse of blue, it stands amidst boulders and rocky shores. Yes, it’s a lighthouse, that stands tall and invincible, being a guide to those who are lost.
Accustomed to the occasional whoosh of the waves and the constant clatter of the wind, these lighthouses are magnificent structures that stand and battle time and nature. Here are a few you could visit, if you’re on a beach.
1) One of the first and oldest lighthouses to be built in Asia, this seventeenth century lighthouse in Goa stood tall to protect the Portuguese from the Dutch and the Marathas. The 13 meter high lighthouse at Fort Aguada initially used nothing but an oil lamp and was later renovated. It was also home to a large bell that is now placed elsewhere.
2) This 19th century beauty in Pondicherry was built by the French. With a round tower and a square base, back then it was also a view point to look far out into the sea. It was later renovated and now it is replaced by its modern counterpart (seen in the background of the image, below).
3) This 35 meter lighthouse at Kovalam gives you a 360 degree view of the place. Open during the evenings, it greets you with stone stairs and the final bit of the journey to the top is done by a climbing a metal ladder.
4) Situated on the Mahabalipuram Hill, this lighthouse is also known to house a museum which makes it one of its kinds. Though no photos are allowed inside, you would be more than satisfied by the kind of view it offers.
5) The lighthouse at Muttom near Kanyakumari was built by the British, closed because the government didn’t believe it was stable, it is now renovated and opened again to tourists. In 1857, there was a light hoisted on a mast to guide the fishermen at night. This 15 meter structure was built later around it.