Forts Of Goa

Goa's checkered history is dotted with vestiges of her past. Forts bear mute testimony to this and serve as relics of colonization and an important tourist destination as well. Fort Aguada is one of the best and strongest ever forts built by the Portuguese in Goa. Located in the north of Goa, fort Aguada lies at the tip of the Mandovi estuary and still stands lofty. The Tiracol fort on the other hand is small yet very strategically straddled in the northern border region of Goa with the river Tiracol to its north. This fort owes its history to the Indian ruler Maharaja Khem Sawant Bhonsle who built it to offset possible reprisals from the sea route. The Chapora fort also lies in the north of Goa on the southern bank of the Chapora river and was built by the Muslim ruler Adil Shah, which was later captured by the Portuguese. The fort of Cabo-De-Rama is located in the south of Goa in the Canacona taluka. Fierce battles were waged by the Portuguese against the Hindu rulers of Goa to capture this fort. Legend has it that the Hindu God Lord Rama and his wife sought refuge here during their exile spanning 14 years. A small yet serene chapel in the bosom of the fort is still in use. This fort offers a panoramically mesmerizing view of the mighty Arabian sea from its ramparts with the horizon as its backdrop!

Aguada Fort Aguada Fort
Location: Sinqerim
Reis Magos Fort Reis Magos Fort
Location: Reis Magos
Terekhol Fort Terekhol Fort
Location: Tiracol
Chapora Fort
Location: Chapora,Vagator