Located in Canacona, South Goa, Cabo De Rama Fort is one of the popular forts in India. Having derived its name from a hero from the Hindu epic Ramayana, the fort is an ancient site and is also referred to as Cape Rama. Legends go on to say that Lord Rama took shelter at this fort with his spouse Sita, when the two of them were banished from the kingdom.
The fort which crowns the cape is said to have been rebuilt in 1763 by the Portuguese. It featured 21 guns for defence as well as military barracks, a chapel and quarters for the use of commandants. Hindu rulers, who kept spreading their empire all over the country, had once occupied the fort as well. However, the site stands as a witness to some gruesome battles which occurred in the past. It has also been under the occupation of Portugal and Muslim rulers. Around 1763, Portugal rulers managed to establish their occupation of the fort after waging battles against the Hindu rulers. However, eventually, the site was transformed into a government prison after being abandoned by the Portuguese. Regardless of it being in ruins at present, hordes of tourists come here to observe its intriguing historical charm.
The fort houses a small white chapel which adds a stark contrast to the site, making for an ideal setting for a photograph. Visitors arrive here to take in the mystical vibe it exudes and from the western side one can also marvel at the enchanting view of the sea. Travellers seeking to unwind amidst some peace and tranquillity will be pleased to find this ancient site. The fort also affords panoramic vistas of the whole stretch of Colva beach as well as Canacona.
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