Saturday, May 2, 2015

Cabo de Rama fort

Moving south of Madgaon, a deviation from the National Highway going to Karwar at Chinchinim, a quiet bumpy road goes towards the hills on the edge of the sea. At the end of this long winding road is the lonely Cabo De Rama.It is said that Lord Rama, the hero of Ramayana stayed here with his wife during their 14 years of exile. This fort was invaded by many armies at different periods of time and has witnessed numerous battles particularly naval ones.The Portuguese cruised in and wrested it from the local Hindu rulers in 1763. At one point of time this fort also served as a prison for political prisoners during the Portuguese rule.





The fort has elaborate defenses complete with a moat, gatehouse and several bastions. Many of the bastions still have large cannons lying strewn above them. This fort houses a small chapel which is in use till date. Besides the chapel is a small grotto with a statue of the Virgin Mary. The fort also used to have a well and two springs from which cold and hot water used to emerge from two different spouts. 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.

The western side of the fortress, where the cliffs drop sharply to the sea, provides a great view both to the north and south. There is practically no sign of life on the hilltop at all, apart from a few soaring sea eagles, and the occasional monkey scampering between clumps of vegetation. This is the best place for those who want to be away from stressful life, because this place offers peace and serenity. From the fort one can get a great view of the Arabian sea and the nearby Cabo de Rama beach.

Cabo de Rama beach
The waters here have a beautiful greenish blue hue and it has many cozy spots for lovers to enjoy a day together. To the north of the beach lies a small river that is shallow enough for one to wade across. Summer or winter, the river water is always cold, sweet and calm. Palm trees line up the shoreline making it an ideal spot for couples with picnic baskets. Behind the beach is a steep cliff with a rocky, flat top and a set of crude steps leading down to the beach. On the left side of the beach a little into the sea is a boulder with a single tree atop it. This boulder can be reached sometimes when the tide is particularly low. While the beach has a bunch of ideal spots, it has no shacks or restaurants. So make sure you pack a nice big basket with goodies to get you through the day.


You can get to this place by either by hiring a car, taxi or even by a bus which drops you right to the fort from Margoa or the nearby town of canacona.