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This location was a result of serendipity, as in we were searching for an entirely different location when we landed on a Hindu article that mentioned about the fort having been used as a filming location of the 2 popular Tamil movies Pithamagan and Veyyil. It is ironic that once we found this out, we kind of forgot what the original location that we were trying to find out. So, once the names of the movies were known, all we had to do was watch the songs of the movies in Youtube and we found out the songs that were shot at this location. If you are in Chennai, you might want to check it out, as it is drivable distance from Chennai. For more pictures of the location, please visit this Flickr set here.
About the location (from Wiki):
The ruins of Alamparai Fort (also called Alampara) lie near Kadapakkam, a village 50 km from Mamallapuram on the land overlooking the sea. Constructed in the late 17th century during the Mughal era, the Alamparai Fort once had a 100-metre long dockyard stretching into the sea, from which zari cloth, salt, and ghee were exported. During 1735 AD it was ruled by Nawab Doste Ali Khan. In 1750, for the services rendered by the famous french commander Duplex to Subedar Muzarfarzang, the fort was gifted to the French. When French were defeated by the British, the fort was captured and destroyed in 1760 AD. More recently the structure was damaged in the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.
Presently it is a picturesque and serene spot with backwaters and cool sand. Local fishermen assist tourists in a pleasurable boating experience around the fort. The fort can be reached on driving down the East Coast Road, about 100 kilometers from Chennai and 50 kilometers from Pondicherry.
Movies shot at this location:
Urugudhey Marugudhey from Veyyil
PiraiyE PiraiyE from Pithamagan
Oru Murai PiranthEn from Nenjirukkum Varai
Vizhigalil Vizhigalil from Thiruvilaiyaadal Aarambam
Enthan Uyir ThOzhiyE from Winner
Ichu Ichu Ichu Kodu song from Vedi
Kaattril Eeram song from Veppam