An aerial view of the Tiracol Fort along the pristine blues

Goa is one coastal city whose history is privy to constant invasion by foreign rule. Be it the Mughals, Portuguese or the Dutch, Goa was always on the radar of colonists who found a secure island site with excellent harbour facilities on either side.

The forts of Goa around the periphery are a distinct testimony to the land’s eventful history. The rulers reigning in Goa in every era, built forts in multitude to defend themselves from invasion. However, once the defence priorities receded, the forts, too, were abandoned by the Portuguese.

Aguada Fort overlooks a panoramic ocean vista showcasing the Mandovi River’s confluence with the Arabian Sea. Within it’s premises is a lighthouse and a jail which is turned into a Museum.

Tiracol fort, facing the Terekhol River, was built in the 17th century. The fort’s remains are converted into a heritage hotel called the Terekhol Fort Heritage. Within the fort’s courtyard sits the century-old Church of St. Anthony.

Chapora fort offers a fantastic view of Vagator beach. It was built as a border watch post in 1612 by the Portuguese. Today the ruins of the fort give a spectacular view of the Arabian sea, giving a mixed feel of nature and history.

The fort of Reis Magos is another giveaway of the Portuguese rule in India, built between 1551 and 1554. The fort is tactically located at the merger of the Mandovi River with the sea. It is a well-preserved fort in Goa that has become a prominent tourist attraction. The fort commands terrific views of the ocean, along with dictating a little history.

The Cabo De Rama Fort is situated at Canacona taluka in southern Goa. It is said that Lord Rama, the hero of Ramayana, stayed here with his wife during their 14 years of exile. The fort has been under Portuguese and Indian rule, changing hands several times. This fort is mostly in ruins; the only remaining structure in one piece is the church. Visit the fort for a blissful view of the Arabian Sea and the nearby Cabo de Rama beach.

Author: Planet Goa Team
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