|Goa at A Glance
The beaches of Goa are the highlights of travel in this state, making
Goa the premier beach vacation destination.
The people of Goa love to sing and dance. Songs and dance are part
of every Goan's life.
One of the best destination in India. Goa presents an ideal profile
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Forts & Monuments
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After the Portuguese invaded Goa, they built many forts
in Goa to prevent the entry of the enemy. Goa is in a position to boast
about these Goan forts, some of which have been converted into hotels.
The kind of architecture that has been applied in building these forts
in Goa is something that Goa is proud about. When you visit the forts
of Goa, the concoction of different cultures-namely Portuguese, Hindu
and Muslim- stares at you.
Fort of Aguada is situated in the north of Goa, 18 km from Panaji.
The Fort of Aguada in Goa was built by the Portuguese to control the entry
of the enemy into River Mandovi and to protect Old Goa from attacks. The
fortification skirts the seashore. From the ramparts of Fort Aguada in
Goa, you can get a fantastic view of the golden beaches running right
up to the borders of the Indian state of Maharashtra. At the center of
the Fort Aguada in Goa is a circular lighthouse tower which was built
in 1864. If you can manage to reach the top of the lighthouse, then you
can catch some excellent view of the Cabo Raj Niwas. The Fort presently
houses the central jail.
This fort near the internationally famous Mormugao Harbour was built to
protect the harbour situated near the Vasco da Gama town. Its work started
in 1624. It covered an area of six miles in circumference, contained towering
bulwarks, three magazines, five prisons, a chapel and quarters for the
guard. It had 53 guns and a garrison with 4 officers, and was an important
fortress on the western coast. However, except the chapel and a portion
of the boundary wall, little is left of this fort.
TERACOL (TIRACOL) FORT
It was a key Portuguese fort for the defence of Goa, on the north side
of the estuary of the Tiracol river, the most northern boundary of Goa.
This fort is marked by decorative turrets and dry moat with commanding
views of the estuary and ocean. The church set in the middle of the fortress
has a classical late Goan façade. The fort presently houses a tourist
hotel. The beach is situated at the confluence of river and sea and generally
recognised for its tranquility.
THE GATE OF THE COLLEGE OF ST. PAUL
The College of St. Paul, once the principal institution of Jesuits in
India for imparting knowledge on Christianity, was built over the ruins
of a mosque south of St. Cajetan’s church at Old Goa in 1542. However,
it was abandoned during the outbreak of plague in 1570 and went into disuse.
The Government demolished this ruining structure in 1832 to carry materials
for building construction in Panaji. The only remnant of this College
is the façade in the shape of an arch with a niche at the top and a cross
crowning it. The arch that led to the College as a gateway is built of
laterite, flanked on either side by a basalt column of the Corinthian
order on raised plinth, and supported by basalt pilasters of the Doric
GOA TIRACOL FORT
The Tiracol Fort in Goa looks as if it has come out alive from a fairy
tale. Now this fort has been converted into a hotel. A beautiful little
Goan church dominates the central court around which the fort of Tiracol
rises: a living church full of light and quiet elegance. Cross the court
and walk up the narrow stone stairs through short passages into split
level rooms which follow the contours of the headland: old furniture,
superb views over the river Tiracol and the beaches and out to the blue
horizon of the sea. The Portuguese had sailed in from there, established
themselves in the old conquests like this one, taken over an existing
outpost, converted it to a fort to repulse the latest technique of attack.
THE TOWER OF THE CHURCH OF ST. AUGUSTINE
Built in 1602, the only ruin of the Church of St. Augustine on the Holy
Hill at Old Goa near the Nunnery, is a lofty 46-metre high tower defying
the torrential rains. The tower is one of the four of St. Augustine Church
that once stood there. The Church when intact was perhaps the biggest
in Goa. With the religious suppression in 1835, the Augustinians deserted
the church and the convent. The neglect resulted in the collapse of the
vault on September 8, 1842. The façade and half of the tower fell in 1931
and some more parts of it collapsed in 1938.
GOA CABO DE RAMA
Not far from Agonda beach in Goa is Cabo de Rama, untouched by most
of the visitors in this region. The atmosphere of the fort creates a sense
of history and drama that very few would fail to appreciate. The fort
is named after Rama, hero of the Hindu epic Ramayana. According to the
local legends, Rama stayed here with his wife Sita during the period of
|Goa at A Glance
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Church building was one of the main occupations of the early Portuguese
and in fact one of Vasco da Gama's main missions for finding the
sea route to India.
Goa is the home of the famous Vindaloo, originally an extra-hot
and sour pork curry, but now made with a variety of meat and fish.