Cabo De Rama – One of the Oldest Heritage Fort in Goa
Where is Cabo de Rama, and why it is a heritage fort?
Where is Cabo de Rama fort and why it is a heritage fort? Cabo de Rama fort – is thousands of years old fort, One of the oldest heritage fort in Goa, a historical fort because according to Indian mythology the King from Ayodhya and the Goddess Sita his wife stayed here during their 14 years of exile.
Subsequently, the Portuguese claimed it defeating the King Soonda in the year 1763.
The fort was called Rama Killa during those days of Hindu rule but the Portuguese after capturing it renamed it to Cabo de Rama Fort, Cabo meaning “Cape” in Portuguese
Location – Route to Cab de Rama Fort
The distance from Margao to Cab de Rama fort is approximately within 30km. Drive along NH66 from Margao to Navelim – Chinchinim – Assolna – Velim – Betul – Canacona – Cabo de Rama Fort.
Drive along hilly roads leading all the way to Cab de Rama fort the roads are nice but having many sharp turns and blind spots hence drive with safety.
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Who Built Cab de Rama Fort and what are the timings and entry fees
The fort was built by King Soonda who ruled from here. The fort got its name from Lord Rama, the King from Ayodhya.
Best time to visit is from morning 9:00am – 5:00pm do not stay beyond 6:00pm as it gets dark and there could be some wild animals as it is surrounded by sea and jungle. I had witnessed some monkeys moving around.
Officially there is no entry fee as such but you might come across a sort of security guard at the entrance who might ask you to enter your name in the register.
Cab de Rama Fort Haunted?
Inside the fort there is a jail of few small rooms which was used as military bastion the same was later converted into a prison in 1935 and continued using until the year 1955.
Few stories have been heard locally that some prisoners were killed inside the jail and hence some distance ought to be maintained from these jails by the visitors.
St. Anthony or Santo Antonio chapel inside the fort
This is a small Chapel which was built by the Portuguese and since then it has been taken care of by the locals.
The Chapel is well maintained and in very good condition therefore, the local devotees come and pray on the following days:
Tuesday: 8:00am – Followed by St. Anthony Prayers
Every First Wednesday & Friday: 8:00am
Cab de Rama beach – Secluded beach
The beach is pristine and clean having various sizes rocks, worth a visit for amazing sunset. It’s a secluded beach and not many tourists visit there.
Certainly another hidden gem in south Goa a perfect beach for family outings for the entire day but ensure you carry along with you all the necessary requirements/stock mainly such as food and water. The mobile signals are very weak hence beware and be prepared.
What is the area of Cab de Rama fort? And how much time it takes to cover the entire area
Well, the fort is spread over an area of approximately 180,000 square meters which is constructed with laterite rocks hence, to cover this entire area it can take you about 3 hours or so depending on your movements. There is nothing much to see around the entire fort except few damaged/fences or walls and a house which is without any roof which might have been quarters for office purpose.
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I did also locate two ponds inside which they say that one was made for hot water and the other one for cold water, which could have been used for bathing and for Hindu rituals. The structure of these ancient ponds representing of a Hindu structure are still very strong until now.
There were few cannons which are just lying on the ground fully rusted and deteriorating. The manufactures dates /engraved are still clearly visible on them.
Command posts are located around the fort and the peep holes meant to watch over the enemies.
Just as you enter the fort little distance away you can see one “Well” which is in bad shape.
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An amazing fort which is mainly covered by the sea, in fact the sea view is marvelous. And overall the nature view and greenery is excellent too especially in the rainy seasons. (Not recommended for tourists to visit in rainy months).
There are beautiful locations for photography or weddings – couple shoots. It’s a beautiful fort overlooking the Arabian Sea the view is mesmerizing from top.
Parking space sometimes can be an issue mainly during peak hours as tourists keep visiting continuously.
If you like to see the Sunset view, the beautiful view of the Sea and Sunset together then this place is for you.
Visit the Pebbles beach which is hardly 5 min. distance from inside the fort. Make sure you know the route to go there since there are no proper directions provided.