Cabo de Rama Fort is also known as The Cape of Rama. The fort derives its name from Rama, the hero of the epic Ramayana stayed here with his wife during their 14 years of exile. The Fort was first occupied by Hindu rulers who spread their empire all over India. The cape is crowned by a fort which was originally a Hindu structure and rebuilt by the Portuguese in 1763 after acquiring it from the Maratha King of Sonda. The Fort has elaborated defenses complete with a moat, gatehouse, and several bastions. Many of the bastions still have large cannons lying strewn above them. The fort has a well and two springs from which cold and hot water used to emerge from two different nozzles. The Fort also houses a large water tank with stone steps descending into it. Also within the Fort are ruins of buildings that may have been used are quarters for the troops stationed at the fort.
This Fort was invaded by many armies at different periods of time and has witnessed numerous battles particularly naval ones. It was used as a prison till 1955 after it was taken over by the British from 1792 to 1813. The main entrance has been restored and yellow washed but the fort now lies in ruins. Inside the Cabo de Rama Fort, there is the church of Santo Antonio which is in excellent condition and is still used by devotees. The white church and the black fort provide a photographic picture of stark contrast. Cabo De Rama fort gives a stunning view of the sea from the western side.
TOP 7 REASONS FOR VISITING THE CABO DE RAMA FORT
To see one of the largest forts in Goa
To learn about the history of Goa
Learn naval defense strategies
See cannons that were in use once
Offer prayers at the St Antonio Church
See the wonderful view of the Arabian Sea and the coastline
See a glorious sunset from the top
Suggested duration: 2 About 2 to 3 hours.
Open and Closing Time
9 am to 5 pm on all days.
Cost - No Entry Fee
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Distance between Vasco Da Gama Railway Station and Cabo De Rama Fort is 36.7 miles or 31.9 nautical miles
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Interesting facts about Cabo de Rama Fort
Erected by the Soonda rulers, who came from the neighboring Karnataka. The Soonda ruled from here, extended their empire from this fort. It used to be called Rama Killa. Renamed Cabo de Rama by the Portuguese rulers when they took control.
The Hindu Soonda Kings, Portuguese rulers, and then the British. Passed on to Indian hands after the Portuguese left Goa.
Gatehouse, moat, ramparts, bastions, 21 cannon guns, springs, watchtower, water tank, and a small chapel.
There could have been a temple of Rama beside this lake in its heydays. The pond is in bad condition, but many tourists still visit it. A two-sided step staircase leads to the lake, but it is buried in leaves and mud.
There is a small path that leads to the sea from the left side of the fort. A small pile of garbage stands here, but you can still find a way to the sea. You can also see a small natural spring here.