Goa has a rich historical legacy that many don't know about. A living testimony to this historical legacy is the famous forts of Goa. Not only are they popular tourist attractions but they also provide vital historical information to historians and archaeologists. The forts of Goa tell dramatic tales of history to those who visit and even today one can feel the mystical air of the rich historical legacy lingering here. Though most of the forts are almost in ruins, the concerned authorities preserve it and take care of it. The forts of Goa are a must visit if you are traveling in India.
Cabo De Rama Fort
The Cabo De Rama fort located in the Canacona district of Goa is yet
another famous fort in India. The fort has an interesting story as to
how it derived its name. It is said that Lord Rama of the famous Hindu
epic Ramayana took shelter here with his wife Sita.
Located on the Anjuna beach in Goa, the Chapora fort is one of the most
popular tourist attractions of India. This massive fort is built out of
red laterite stones and was constructed first by the ruler of Bijapur,
Adil Shah. This is one reason why it has been named Shahpura, which
means the 'town of Shah'.
The Terekhol fort is located in the northern tip of Goa. It is situated
on the mouth of the Terekhol River and was built by the ruler of
Sawantwadi, Maharaja Khem Sawant Bhonsle. The Terekhol fort of Goa was
built during the 17th century. The Terekhol fort was given legal
recognition as a part of Goa around 1788.
Located at a distance of around 18 kilometers from Panaji, the Aguada
fort is a striking picture of beauty and magnitude. It was built in the
16th century by the Portuguese and a part of it has now been converted
into a luxury beach resort. The fort was named Aguada which means water
in Portuguese because of the presence of three freshwater springs
inside. The Aguada fort also houses a central jail within its premises.