Tangasseri Lighthouse

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Tangasseri Lighthouse
Thangassseri Lighthouse.jpg
Thangassery Lighthouse
Tangasseri Lighthouse is located in Kollam
Tangasseri Lighthouse
Location in Kollam, India
Tangasseri Lighthouse is located in Kerala
Tangasseri Lighthouse
Tangasseri Lighthouse (Kerala)
Tangasseri Lighthouse is located in India
Tangasseri Lighthouse
Tangasseri Lighthouse (India)
LocationTangasseri, Kollam, India
Coordinates8°52′50″N 76°33′57″E / 8.880691°N 76.565955°E / 8.880691; 76.565955Coordinates: 8°52′50″N 76°33′57″E / 8.880691°N 76.565955°E / 8.880691; 76.565955
Year first constructed1902
FoundationReinforced concrete
ConstructionMasonry tower
Tower shapeCylindrical tower with double balcony and lantern
Markings / patternRed and White diagonal stripe
Tower height41 metres (135 ft)[1]
Focal height42 metres (138 ft) above mean sea level
Original lens700 mm 2nd order 3 panel revolving optic inside 3.65 m diameter Lantern House (Chance Bros)
Intensity1,27,950 CDS (220/250 volt) AC 400W X 3 nos. (Metal Halide Lamps)
Range26 nautical miles (48 km; 30 mi)
CharacteristicFl (3) W 15s.
Admiralty numberF0720
NGA number27504[2]
ARLHS numberIND-109[3]

Tangasseri Lighthouse or Thangassery Lighthouse is situated at Tangasseri in Kollam city of the Indian state of Kerala. It is one of two lighthouses in the Kollam Metropolitan Area and is maintained by the Cochin Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships.[4][5] In operation since 1902,[6] the cylindrical lighthouse tower painted with white and red oblique bands has a height of 41 metres (135 ft), making it the tallest lighthouse on Kerala and on india Coast.[7] Tangasseri Lighthouse is one of the most visited lighthouses in Kerala.[8]


Prior to construction of the lighthouse, the British East India company had installed a tower with an oil lamp. In 1902 they commissioned Tangasseri Lighthouse, which by 1930 had suffered cracks in the tower that required jacketing masonry to be installed.[9] The light source was modified in 1932, 1940, 1962, 1967, 1990 and 1994.[10]

In 2016, the Tangasseri Lighthouse got an elevator facility for its visitors.[11]


The lighthouse is located on the coast at Tangasseri in Kollam city and is the one of the locations in India that still maintains Anglo-Indian culture. Tangasseri is home to remnants of an ancient Portuguese built coastal defence, the St Thomas Fort, a Portuguese Cemetery, a canal, the ancient Port of Quilon and the Infant Jesus Cathedral.[12][13][14]

Visitors are allowed access to the lighthouse between 11 am and 5 pm on all days except on Mondays.[15]


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  1. ^ "Tourist Places in Kerala". Bizhat.com. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  2. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of India: Kerala and Karnataka". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Tangassery Point Light, Quilon/Kollam". World List of Lights (WLOL). Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Chennai Directorate - Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships". Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Rs. 1.11-cr. project to beautify road to Tangasseri lighthouse". The Hindu. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Tangasseri lighthouse to stay open for longer hours". The Hindu. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  7. ^ "New look for Tangasseri lighthouse". The Hindu. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  8. ^ "Lighthouse sees rise in footfall". The Hindu. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Indian Lighthouses: An Overview" (PDF). DGLL. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  10. ^ "Indian Lighthouses - An overview" (PDF). DGLL India. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  11. ^ "Tangi's grand old lady to get a lift". The Hindu. 27 August 2016. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  12. ^ "A brief history of Tangasseri". Rotary Club of Tangasseri. Archived from the original on 22 November 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  13. ^ "Superb India Tours - Kollam". Superb India Tours. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  14. ^ "Tangasseri - OOCITIES". OOCITIES. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  15. ^ "Increase in Tangasseri Lighthouse Visiting Hours". Kerala News. Retrieved 27 March 2015.