Pulicat, or Pazhaverkadu, is a historic seashore town in Thiruvallur District, of Tamil Nadu. It is located about 60km north of Chennai on the southern periphary of the Pulicat lake. The Dutch occupied Pulicat in 1609 after defeating the Portuguese who set up base there in 1502. Till 1690 Pulicat served as the Capital of the Dutch presence in Southern India.Later the British defeated the Dutch and took over Pulicat.
The Art and Architecture Research Development and Education Foundation (AARDE), a foundation with the stated goal of the promotion and conservation of the Pulicat Lagoon, set up a small and yet informative museum also known as the Pulicat Interpretation Centre. It houses a number of infographics about the early history of Dutch, of Pulicat and has maps of its layout. It also has a summary of the things to see in the town. In addition to the above it has an exhibit of a large pot which was used by the people of Pulicat for water storage.