Named after Hindu mythological god Lord Rama, Cabo De Rama fort is a famous Goan beach fort that attracts tourists from different parts of the world. Cape Rama fort is an ancient fortress that stands in the Canacona district of Goa. The fort was built before the Portuguese arrived in Goa. The fort is one of the oldest forts in Goa. The importance and significance of the fort is high especially for the Hindu religious believers. It is believed that Lord Rama and his wife Sita had spent their time together here as refugees when they were asked to take an exile from Ayodhya for 14 years.
The Cabo De Rama fort was claimed by the Portuguese after they defeated the King of Soonda. The fort was renovated subsequently. The fort has witnessed the ravages of time and has seen the ruler ship of the Hindu, Muslims and the Portuguese. The fort has stood majestically witnessing several battles.
The Portuguese brought along their cannons and turrets. Today the fort stands as a rickety structure comprising of turrets and rusty cannons. These stand as what the Portuguese left behind and remain as constant reminders of the dominant ruler ship of the Portuguese in the region just like the other regions of Goa.
History of Cabo De Rama fort
During the Portuguese regime the fort was used to accommodate 21 guns, military barracks and it also housed quarters for the commandants and a chapel. The fort was abandoned and remained so when the Portuguese left. Till 1955 the fort served as governments run prison but then again it was abandoned and remained unused. Presently the fort is in ruins but its great history continues to attract substantial amount of tourists from different parts of the world. The fort makes for an interesting tourist attraction spot in Goa.
Not everything about the fort is in bad shape and ruins. The church within the fort premises is still in good condition, well maintained and actively in use. The church of Saint Antonio stands in an excellent condition. The church attracts devotees from different corners of the globe to offer prayers and sit through the services conducted even by the locals and tourists.
The stark contrast of the white church and the black fort offer a photographic shot that deserves to be captured in your lenses. The church is the prime reason why many come visiting the fort. The surrounding environment of the fort and church areequally contributing factors to why tourists find the place perfect for some tranquility and calm. You can find the cliff appear in a manner as if it falls deep into the sea. The sight looks spectacular making the west side of the fort interesting to watch.
The fort should be visited to catch a glimpse of the beautiful stretch of Colva beach as well the Canacona stretch.