Forts in Goa
Goa is well known for large numbers of forts. Take a look at the list of the renowned forts here.
This is a fort that was built by the Portuguese and is in red laterite. It is located at a distance of 10 km from Mapusa and there is a long history associated with the fort. Currently, it is visited by large numbers of tourists from different parts of the world. The Portuguese mainly built this fort for the defence of the territory occupied in Goa. However, later this fort was abandoned by the Portuguese mainly because of the continuous invasions by the neighbouring rulers. Currently, only the ruins of the fort are there and these are viewed by the tourists that visit Goa.
There are two secret tunnels that are displayed in the fort, and these tunnels served as the lifeline of the troops that resided in this fort. Apart from the ruins of the fort, the natural scenic views of the fort are also something worth watching. Thus, if you ever visit Goa, you must ensure that you visit this fort, as well, which will definitely enrich your experience. The upper part of the fort also offers a panoramic view of the Vagator Beach, which is very wonderful and scenic.
Cabo De Rama Fort:
This fort in Goa acquires its name from the hero of the Hindu epic. There some legends that are of the view that when Ram was sent to exile with his wife, they stayed in this fort for some time. It was before the arrival of the Portuguese that the place was turned into fort. In the midst of the fort there is a beautiful church, and therefore, attracts large numbers of people from different corners of the world. The fort is completely built with blackstone, and this colour also brings out the natural beauty of the fort.
In contrast to this, the white colour church further creates an appealing look to the entire church and the fort. This is the reason why it is visited by several people coming to Goa. There is a cliff into the sea, and this cliff is formed by the western part of the fort, and this cliff is also one of the major attractions for the tourists in Goa. Therefore, you must also ensure that when you are in Goa, you visit this fort, which in turn, will give you an amazing view and wonderful experience like never before.
Reis Magos Fort:
This is a fort that was built in around 1551, and is located in the village that is situated on the northern part of Mandovi River. This is also a fort that was built by the Portuguese in order to secure their territory against the attack of the invaders. This fort is basically situated at a distance from another renowned fort of Goa, the Aguada Fort. It is located at the mouth of the estuary of Mandovi, and it largely helped the defenders to gain a good control over their enemies. Massive laterite fortifications were used for the construction of the fort.
It is one of the well preserved forts in Goa, and therefore, it is visited by large numbers of people from different parts of the world. There is a church that is situated at the base of the fort, and this in turn, adds to the charm of the village. The church that is mainly built here is dedicated to St Jerome. It is also quite popular for the colourful Feast of Three Wise Men. When you are in Goa, you must ensure that you do not miss out the opportunity to visit this fort.
This fort is located quite close to the Tiracol River and Querim beach. It is also a popular point of attraction for the tourists that visit Goa from different corners of the world. Originally the fort was constructed in the 17th century by Maharaja Khem Sawant Bhonsle. The main purpose of building the fort was to protect and monitor the traffic along the shore and the river. It was also given a legal recognition. However, later this fort was captured by the Portuguese. A church is there is the midst of the fort, and this also forms an important point of attraction for the tourists.
Every side of the fort is completely covered with lush green fields, and therefore, the fort is hardly visible from a distance. Earlier it was also used as a base for liberation, and the thick cover of green fields is also one of the most important reasons for this. Within this fort, there is also another fort, but this inner fort remains locked most of the time. Currently major part of the fort has also been converted into a heritage hotel that offers facilities of accommodation to the tourists. Therefore, when you are in Goa, you must ensure that you definitely visit this fort.
This fort is located at a distance of 18kms from Panaji. It is a striking fort that is located in the Aguada Beach, and is an important seat for tourists in Goa. It is a striking fort that offers a rich and picturesque view of the sea beach. It was built in the 16th century mainly by the Portuguese. However, part of this fort has been converted into a luxurious beach resort. This is visited by large numbers of people. The name of the fort has been derived from ‘Aguada’, which means water.
The fort was mainly built by the Portuguese to secure the state of Goa from foreign attacks. It is also a hotspot for various different natural springs that was a part of the fort, and currently it has also been converted into a central jail. The top of the fort offers an amazing panoramic view of the sea and the beach, as a whole. Thus, when you visit Goa, you must ensure that you do not miss out the opportunity to visit this famous fort and the adjacent beach located to this fort in Goa. You will be thrilled.
This is an important point for the tourists in Goa. It is a huge fort that is situated just adjacent to the seminary of Rachol, and this fort is surrounded by the moat of an old Muslim fort. This fort is mainly famous because of its rich history associated with the battles of Bijapur and Vijaynagar. This fort is situated just in the crest of the rocks of laterite , and is considered to be quite significant for the Portuguese, Hindus and Muslims. The Rachol Hill was inhabited once by the Muslims, and later Portuguese and Christians came here.
It is a famous fort in Goa, but currently, there are only remains of stone archways. One of the best things that you will like about this fort is that there is a church located inside the fort, and this church has been restored with great efforts. However, except the archways, not much is visited in this fort. There was a time when the fort was in use by the Portuguese troops and it completely circled the top of the hill, which is now the place for the seminary.
This fort is located in the island of Divar. There is also a Hindu temple located close to the fort and both of these offer important centers for tourists. However, originally this fort was built by the Muslims, and after its abandonment, the fort is currently in ruins. It is because of the sanctity of the place that it attracted large numbers of tourists and devotees from all over the world. There are also many people that come here annually for bath and veneration in the water of the river.
There are many dignified families of Goa that reside in the island near to the fort. Apart from the Hindu temple, there are also three parochial churches, and there are also images of Christ in the two chapels within the fort. The fort is largely viewed in terms of ruins, but depicts a lot of the history of North India. Therefore, if you ever visit Goa, you must ensure that you do not miss out the opportunity to visit these caves. It will indeed give you a wonderful experience unlike any other forts in Goa. You will also not have any difficulty in reaching these caves.