Goa is famous for its beaches, casinos and parties, but it is essential to experience the true heritage of this beautiful country, rather than visiting its fortress. Goa Forts is a symbol of the rich and traditional history of the land that the Portuguese ruled. People can also call it the Portuguese miracle.
Some famous fortresses in Goa are as follows:
Aguda: About 18 km from Panjim, Aguda was built in 1612 to protect Portugal's trade interests and its cargo from Maratha and Dutch attackers. Aguda [which means water in Portuguese] is named after the natural springs of the area. The oldest lighthouse in Asia, built in 1864. Today, visitors can see the magnificent ruins of this fortress.
Chapora: Just 10 km from the town of Mapusa, Chapora was built by the rulers of Bijapur Adil Shah. Later, the Portuguese built a red clay fortress in 1617, adding to its beauty. The village where it is located is named after Adir Shah. The fortress was ruled by the Portuguese for about 260 years and was eventually abandoned by them in 1892. In front of them, many Indian rulers also attacked it, but they faced failure. Today you can only see its ruins and the beautiful views of Mormig, Mandaram and Anjuna beaches.
Tiracol: Tiracol in the Canacona district of South Goa is the residence of the local king. In 1746, the Portuguese occupied it and was used as a soldier to protect itself from foreign attacks. This part of Goa is still a virgin, a true paradise for nature lovers. When visiting this place, visitors can enjoy different adventure sports such as sailing and rock climbing. Today, it has been converted into a traditional hotel where visitors can enjoy a peaceful stay.
Cabo de Rama: It is located in the south of Corva Bay, built in 1540, just opposite Aguada. In 1594, it was the official residence of the governor of the state. Religious mythology is also related to Cabo.