Cabo de Rama Fort: an ancient witness of South Goa history
Fort Cabo de Rama is the largest and one of the oldest forts of Goa. The fortress occupies an impressive area of nearly 180,000 square meters. Cabo de Rama is located 16 km north from Agonda Beach, on the same-named cape, which conventionally divides South Goa beaches into two groups.
The cape and the fort are named in honor of ancient Indian epic "Ramayana" hero. It is believed that this place became a home to Rama and his beloved wife Sita during their fourteen-year exile from Ayodhya.
The Cape is crowned with the Fort since ancient times. The fortress was built by Hindu rulers, but during its dramatic history it passed from hands to hands – Muslims, Portuguese, English succeeded one another in the possession of this amazing architecture masterpiece. Some of the most important battles in Indian history took place here
Restored by the Portuguese in 1763 the Fort had 21 cannon, a chapel, military barracks and commandant's room. From 1935 till 1955 the Fort was used as a prison but then was abandoned. Now the main entrance into the fortress is reconstructed, but the rest of the citadel still lies in ruins, and only one of the walls is completely preserved. Nevertheless, Cabo de Rama Fort is a very attractive touristic attraction.
From the top of the fortress really magnificent view onto the Arabian Sea and the Goan coastline appears to the eye. It is also interesting to visit the small church of Saint Antonio located on the territory of the fortress. Near the fortress Cabo de Rama Beach is situating.
Cabo de Rama Fort is connected with the region's largest city of Margao by a regular bus line (Madgaon station). You can also get there by a car through NH66 Highway — Fatorpa road: near the village of Balli you will need to turn right and in some time you will find yourself at this amazing ancient witness of South Goa history.