Cabo De Rama Fort
Drive far to the Southern Goa, through the muddy off-track road to arrive at the edge of the Sea and get ready to witness the glory of past - Cabo de Rama fort. The fort is perched between the two famous beaches in South Goa - Cavelossim, and Agonda. The Hindu rulers and the Portuguese rulers both had hands behind development of this fort. So, this gives you a chance to explore the architecture wonders of various cultures. One path of the fort will take you to the top of it and other to its on-premise church. There is shining white church built by the Portuguese rulers here and you can take part in a feast hosted annually. Thus, on reaching this heritage site, you will definitely receive an abundance of insight on all that the fort witnessed in the past.Also, the magnificent fort overlooks the gorgeous Arabian Sea; thus, offers a striking contrast to the ruins of this ancient site. In fact, this fort is popular for presenting the visitors with the best mesmerizing sunset views. No doubt, on touring the ancient monument, you'll return as a vibrant person enriched with the history the fort depicts and gifted by the beauty all around it. So, get ready to enjoy a unique experience here, one that you will never forget.History of Cabo de Rama:Cabo de Rama firstly connects with the legend of Ramayana. According to a belief, during their 14 years of exile, Lord Rama, Goddess Sita, and Lord Lakshmana, all resided here. It is how the fort got its name. But then the local Soonda rulers built the fort, who used to command from here. Thus, all this makes it be a historically notable monument in India.The fort spreads across 180,000 sq.m. and is constructed with laterite rock. But after the arrival of Portuguese in Goa in 1763, they conquered it by winning over the local kings. They were fascinated by the large cape as it boasted the stunning landscape of the coastline as well as the Arabian Sea. Soon, the Portuguese rulers carried out restoration work on the Cabo de Rama Fort to modernize it and make it more notable. They further used it as a military base and as a prison after a while. As usual, what Portuguese were recognized for, they also created a church dedicated to St. Anthony within the fort premises. Architecture of Cabo de Rama:Presently the Cabo de Rama Fort is in ruins, but the bridge found at the entrance, which is an engineering wonder, stood the test of time. One can still see several eye-catching displays depicting the glory of the past here. Visitors can notice the iron bastions along with large cannons placed at that time to stop driving sea enemies. In fact, the year of manufacture is also engraved on these cannons. You will see a watchtower toward the right, which acted as a guard for the coastline back then. You will also find two ponds within the fort; one of which contains warm water and the other, cold water. The marvelous ancient ponds here are a representation of a Hindu architecture of the Soonda Kings era. The Soonda rulers probably used it for bathing and special ceremonies. Further, you get to see ruins of some buildings that are considered to be army quarters. Also, the blackened fortitude and white structure of the church are at striking contrast to each other that attract many eyes. The Portuguese also built command posts, military barracks, 21 canons, and quarters for office purposes.