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Very few people are aware of the fact that besides, being a beach state, this place is actually a treasure trove of architectural marvels. You will be amazed to see an impressive array of medieval European architecture - an exclusive interweaving of Portuguese-Gothic style with a Tuscan exterior and Corinthian interior - exhibited inside the walls of these spectacular monuments. The sheer scale and proportion of the country mansions together with the magnificence of its interiors makes them the grandest of all country mansions

 
 

Tiracol Fort

Introduction

Where do you go when you want to see Goa from great heights? Is there any place in Goa undisturbed by the mind-blowing numbers played by transcontinental DJ's at your favourite Goan beaches? Do you really expect such a peaceful environment? Well, if you do, move and enjoy the scaling heights of Tiracol Fort at the north of Goa. And if you want recognize the fort here are the specifications:- A sparkling white hood, above the black soil, displayed against the sea and a calm bluish green river flowing along the silent green islands of mangroves rouses curiosity.

Location

Overlooking the beautiful Keri beach , on the coast of the Arabian Sea , the 16th century Terekhol (Tiracol) Fort is an architectural spectacle. This fort, situated on the north side of the banks of the Terekhol River. The Tiracol Fort Heritage is situated in the northern most fore land of Goa. It is 42 km from Panjim at the north most Taluka of Pernem, cut off from Goa by Tiracol river.

History

It was invaded by the Portuguese, who rebuilt it again in 1764 AD for the defense of Goa. Later, in 1961, the fort was used as a ground for freedom fighters during the liberation of Goa. Presently, this fort has been converted into a heritage hotel providing beautiful views of enchanting gun-enclosures and the vast sea.

Attractions Of Fort

The fort has in its courtyard the century old Church of St. Anthony. The church is opened only on special occasions and has a classical late Goan facade. The church is full of light and dominates an elegant look. Cross the court and walk up the narrow stone stairs, through short passages into split level rooms, which follow the shapes of headland: old furniture, superb views over the river Tiracol and the beaches and are the main attractions of the fort.

Tiracol turned to a Heritage Hotel

Fort Therekol in "Goa" now runs as a hotel called Fort Tiracol. The rooms within the church have been converted into beautiful massive rooms with multi-cuisine bar and restaurant. All rooms are equipped with modern facilities.onstituent of Goan history, and being one of the most important India forts it is also very popular with those indulging in historical travel activities of Goa.

Near By Places

Keri beach, North of Arambol is a completely uncorrupted and rarely visited stretch of sand supported by Casuarina trees all the way down to Arambol Highland.

A tiny hamlet of Paliem village lies on the plateau about 5kms north of Arambol just before the road sinks to the thick wooden sides to Keri and the Tiracol Ferry is also worth a visit.

You can also visit a pottery studio, a carpenters shop, a toddy taper and the fishing villages near to the fort.

How To Reach Taxi from Panjim (50 km) Bus Stand (Next To Kadamba Bus Stand) will cost Rs 800 to Keri, then ferry to Tiracol.

Ferry Tickets and Timings

Vehicle Rs 10: 6:30 am - 9:30 pm, after every 30 minutes.

Fort Aguda

Introduction

Have you ever experienced a mixture of ancient Portuguese territory and a five star luxurious stay? Do you think it is genuine blend? Well even if you've the slightest doubt in your mind, let's clear it out! As, staying and visiting this fort will be your life time experience, knowing the Portuguese culture along with modern amenities. Fort Aguada Beach Resort is a venture of Taj Group of Hotels and has been fashioned from the remains of the 16th century Portuguese Fort.

Location

Situated at the top of Sinquerim plateau in Bardez Taluka, commanding the vast expanses of Arabian Sea, the fort was graded as a reference point of ships. Built on the mouth of river Mandovi, it was strategically located and was the chief defence of Portuguese against the Dutch and Marathas. Perched on a high cliff, this fort was perhaps the strongest fort protecting Portuguese territory.

Renowned For Its Fascinating Location

Built on the ramparts of 16th century Portuguese fortress, the Fort Aguada Beach Resort makes for a stunning sight from the elegant terraces to the emerald gardens below. The Fort Aguada Beach Resort is famous on account of this Fort that has partially lasted the ravages of time and now been converted into a beach resort.

History

The fort derived its name from Portuguese word "Aguada" which symbolizes "Water". The fort was built by Portuguese in 1612 AD near Mandovi River. The motto behind the fort was to protect Goa against any enemy attack from sea. The fort houses a spring which supplied water to ships in earlier times. The fort exhibits the splendour of Portuguese rule in Goa.

Fort Aguada Beach Resort Attractions in Fort

As you move around and inside this fort you'll be astonished to see the unfolding beauty of this massive structure. Some of the interesting features you will come across in the fort are a 19th century lighthouse which once housed a monolithic bell, an enormous water tank that could store ten million litre fresh water, and a prison in the basement interestingly the largest in Goa.

Fort Aguada Beach Resort

Presently, the fort has been converted to a 5 star heritage hotel with all recreational facilities. With sea-facing deluxe cottages and villas spread over an 88-acre Taj complex, Fort Aguada Beach Resort, is popular with international and domestic tourists for its princely comforts, personalized services, maiden beaches, tropical setting, and ultimate location. It offers a fabulous opportunity at self-healing and rejuvenation with its luxurious Spa Aguada and a host of other facilities for recreation and bodily freshness.

Nearby Places

Many tourist attractions and places of historical significance are located near the Fort Aguada Beach Resort in Goa. The location of Fort Aguada Beach Resort of Goa is at a place from where the tourists can get to the well-known destinations. You can visit the little Church of St Lawrence which is near. Built in 1630, this church is a must visit site.

How To Reach

From the Panjim Bus Stand, the location of Fort Aguada Beach Resort in Goa is at a distance of around 15 kilometers. Tourists will find Innumerable modes of transportation from these places to the location of Fort Aguada Beach Resort in Goa.

Mormugao Fort

Introduction

You might expect a fort to have stern and uncluttered look - but not this one. The fort commands a magnificent look and is worthy of being visited. Dating back to 1624, this was once the most important of coastal forts. The fort is near to the internationally famous Marmagoa Harbour which was built to protect the harbour situated near the Vasco da Gama town.

Location

It is situated at the extreme northwestern point of Salsete and guard the entrance to the port. Located just north of Vasco Da Gama city and just south of Mormugao Port, this is the closest fort to Goa's airport. Primarily, Mormugao was generalized to be the capital of the Portuguese empire, hence the fort was erected and in 1703 the viceroy moved into the town.

An Informative Inscription

An inscription over the fort of the gate reads (in translation from the Portuguese): The Catholic King Dom Filippe, the third of this name, reigning in Portugal, Dom Francisco da Gama, fourth Count of Vidigueira, Admiral of India, a member of His Majesty's Council and a Gentleman of the Royal Household, being Viceroy for the second time, this Fortress was begun, the first stone being laid on April 1624

A Popular Fort

The Maratha warriors continued to attack the town and the fort and finally the Portuguese gave up the township in preference for Old Goa. As, a main constituent of Goan history, and being one of the most important India forts it is also very popular with those indulging in historical travel activities of Goa.

Attractions Of Fort

The fortress is about 10 km in circumference and boasts of possessing some ancient articles like 20 bulwarks, three magazines, five prisons, a chapel and quarters for the guard. There were two beautiful fountains. The Fonte de Malabar kept the royal arms and was said to bob up from a gold mine and the Fonte de Santo Ignacio which had a more modest beginning in a sulphur mine.

Near By Places

Mormugao fort is closer to Varca beach. Varca has a belt of wooden fishing boats that are peculiar in their appearance. This too has proven to be very popular with visitors from around the world and is well worth a visit.

How To Reach

By Air
Dabolim, Goa's airport lies atop the rocky plateau which is 4-km southeast of Vasco da Gama.

By Rail
The nearest railway station to Margoa is situated at Vasco da Gama.

By Road
Arriving by bus from Panjim or Margao is very easy as you'll be dropped off to the nearest situated Kadamba bus Terminus which is 3-km east of the town centre from Vasco. From Vasco you can hire ferries to reach Margao harbour.

Chapora Fort

Introduction

If you think Goa is only about beaches, wine and fun, check your memory. Forts in Goa have always been related to history. But these grandiose structures not only speak of past, they demand fun loving environment too. The pleasure of scaling the heights of a fort in Goa to enjoy the view over the Arabian Sea is only imaginable if you take out time to visit this fort. Don't you remember the spot in the movie 'Dil Chahta Hai' where, three mega stars shared their emotions and watched the ships come and go? It was Goa Chapora Fort that was highlighted so much in the movie.

Location of Chapora Fort Goa

The Goa Chapora Fort is 8 miles to the northwest of Aguada and 25 kms from Panaji. Vagator beach is situated at the back of Chapora fort Goa. Chapora Fort Goa is situated near the Anjuna beach in Goa. The fort is also called as "Shahapura" built by Adil Shah of Bijapur.

History of Chapora Fort

The Chapora Fort Goa dating back to 1617, is one of the finest examples of Portuguese architecture. It was rebuilt by the Portuguese as a border watch tower and later Goa Chapora fort was deserted by the Portuguese in 1892 as the empire continued to draw farther North, known as the New Conquests. This Fort is mostly in ruins now. The massive walls and the scattered Muslim headstones are all that is left of Goa Chapora Fort. Deserted since the 19th century, it is in complete ruins today though the view down the coastline looks as wonderful as ever.

Attraction Of Chapora Fort Goa

The view from Goa Chapora fort is magnificent and the houses built in dense groves of coconut palms, inhabited by fishing community look very pleasing to the eyes.

Chapora Fort Goa - Near by AttractionsYou can freak out at many places near to Chapora fort Goa. There are many restaurants, banks, cafes, post offices etc. You can also enjoy the maiden beauty of the most popular beach in Goa, the Anjuna beach, where you can spent your whole day. With rocky and dry grasslands, the Vagator is also famous for its old Portuguese style mansions built in the colonial era.

How To Reach

A large number of buses come in from Mapusa and Calangute Beach to Chapora Fort. There are direct buses too from Panjim. You can also hire rented motorcycles or taxis.

Cabo Palace Fort

Introduction

Tourists generally get confused between the Cabo Palace Fort and the magnificently built Raj Bhavan? As, the fort has been transformed into Raj Bhavan it is a bit hard to recognize it. But nevertheless, you'll enjoy visiting this grandiose structure.

Location

Built in 1540 A.D, this fort is situated on the south headland of the river Mandovi opposite Fort Aguada. The Cabo Fort is known severally in the modern times as the Cabo Fort, Cabo Palace, Cabo Raj Niwas and even Raj Bhavan. Currently, the house of the Governor's house, used to be the house of Viceroy in colonial India.

Attractions of the Fort

Durbar Hall
This was official reception area used for the swearing ceremonies and other official occasions.

Dining room
Has a massive capacity to accomodate over 30 persons

Rooms
House three suites and seven double rooms.

Collectibles
Bohemian chandeliers, Chinese porcelain, silver and a wide range of high quality wooden furniture with delicate workmanship. The most unique are the pieces of antique Chinese porcelain manufactured in Canton. There is also a worn-out set of crockery having a similar design with same coat of arms. All these had been specially ordered for the use of the Portuguese Governor General. There is also a remarkable collection of high quality wooden furniture with exquisite workmanship. A set of elaborately carved chairs are simply excellent for the fact that Hindu Gods and Temples have been carved on them.Cabo Palace Fort

Chapel A small Chapel was constructed at the very end of the mansion, dedicated to our virgin lady of the cape (Nossa Senhora do Cabo). It also served as a turning point for the seamen.Every Wednesday, at around 11 a.m., Anjuna breaks into a flood of colours. Huge number of tourists vehicles start raising clouds of dust in its surroundings. Whatever one needs, from a used paperback to a haircut, one would find it here. The flea market is a heaven for hardcore shoppers and good bargainers, to bid on wonderful blends of Tibetan, Kashmiri and Gujarati trinkets and handicrafts, European snacks, cassettes of a noisy brand of music called 'Goa Trance', artificial ornaments carvings and T-shirts.

How To Reach

From the Panjim Bus Stand, the location of Fort Aguada Beach Resort in Goa is at a distance of around 15 kilometers and Fort Cabo is just opposite to Fort Agauda. Tourists will find innumerable modes of transportation from these places to the location of Fort Cabo in Goa.

Other Forts

Rachol Fort

Located close to the famous Rachol Seminary, the Rachol Fort is mainly a collection of ruins at present. It is 7 km northeast of Margao and encircled by the dried-up fosse of an old Muslim fort and rice fields expanding to the east banks of the nearby Zuari River. Today, its fastidiously restored as sixteenth-century church and secluded theological collage, one wing of which has recently been converted into a museum which lie in the centre of the Catholic region. Very little is visible of its actual structure, like the archways, on the road leading to the famous Rachol Seminary.

Reis Magos Fort

Reis Magos Fort is located across the Mandovi river in the province of Bardez about two miles to the north east of Fort Aguada. Originally built in 1490 by Adil Shah and later on annexed by Portuguese in 1760, Reis Magos fort was build to protect the narrowest point on the mouth of an estuary of River Mandovi. Approximately two miles on north east of Fort Aguada, the fort lies in the district of Bardez. It houses Reis Magos church in its basement which is worth-seen. Its eminent positioning makes the views outside the fort very fascinating. The views from the rooms of fort towards the sea are simply breath taking. The fort was defended by 33 guns and a small garrison. The pavement of the fort is adorned with inscriptions and the most important of which is stored in a sanctuary. The fort gives a very commanding look from the Panaji side of Mandovi river. Earlier it was used as a residence of viceroys and later on converted as a fortress. Then it was occupied by the British between 1798-1813 and subsequently abandoned by the military and served as a prison until now.After the liberation from Portuguese, the fort was being used as prison. Presently, it has been projected for a hotel.
 
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