Because of the Portuguese rule in Goa for a whopping about 450 years, Goa is put on UNESCO world heritage sites group! These 16th-19th century monuments will take you back in time and flash the history and life during Portuguese rule! We recommend hiring bike in Goa to explore this monuments located distant from each other. So here are some must visit Monuments in Goa!
1. FORT TEREKHOL
Located in rare North Goa, it was built in 17th century by Maharajah Khem Sawant of Sawantwadi and in 1746 Portuguese captured this fort to build chapel of St Anthony inside this fort (must see, only open on feast day) Today the fort is converted into heritage hotel in Goa. Because of its architecture and scenic stunning views, many tourist attract this site. Use bike rental in Goa and take the scenic roadtrip crossing the Terekhol river on ferry boat in Goa!
Main attraction includes St. Anthony Chapel, entrance showing round wheel made up of guns. A coffee on this fort with magnificent view of Terekhol river, Querim beach, Kalcha Beach is a must! You also see people doing paragliding in Arambol beach.
2. CHAPORA FORT
Dil Chahta Hai’s famous scene was shot here! that is why this fort is also known as Dil Chata Hai fort. Opens from morning 7.00 am to evening 7 p.m, a pleasant place to wander that offers fantastic views north across the Chapora river to Pernem, south over Vagator and also far out to the Arabian Sea in the West. At the fort you can see heads of the 2 tunnels that formally provided the supply routes for the besieged defender. You can see Vagator Beach and Morjim Beach from here and don’t forget to click Dil Chata Hai fort Goa photo!
Numbers & Notes: Just 10 mins ride from Anjuna. You can also get Hostel stay, Holiday homes, private villas, house for rent in Anjuna. Choose bike hire bike in Anjuna Goa & save your time and money.
3. FORT AGUADA
Located on headland of Sinquerim beach in Goa, this fort is dated back in 16th century during Portuguese rule. In the 19th century this fort was used by Portuguese for main trading purpose. Must see the moat, underground water storage chamber, gunpowder room, light house, bastions, old prisons, scenic view of Sinquerim and Candolim Beach! The fort is crowded most of the time for it’s location near popular beaches of Goa. We advise to put up your stay in Sinquerim area to easily access Sinquerim beach, Sinquerim fort, SINQ club, Calangute beach, etc.
4. REIS MAGOS FORT
You might have seen the external of this fort in many Bollywood movies. Located at the right bank side of Mondovi River in Bardez Taluka, it was used as residence for Portuguese Viceroys and then later converted into a fort. Reis Magos Fort was then converted to a sub-jail to lodge short term convicts including freedom fighters working for the liberation of Goa when the movement intensified in the 1950.
Enjoy a good view of Panjim City and with an Art gallery displaying work of Mario Miranda one of the Goa’s finest Artist. Open from Tuesday to Sunday between 10.30am to 5.30pm.
Number & Notes: Only 18 mins ride from Panjim City, you can choose the must try ferry crossing from Panjim to Betim. Hiring rental bike in Goa will be very convenient for crossing ferry & sightseeing in Goa.
5. CABO DE RAMA
This fort is located in the rare south in the Cancona taluka. Constructed by one of the Indian ruler, later Portuguese in 17th Century used this fort as Prison. While visiting you can see prison rooms inside, also you shall come across the church of Santo Antonio build by Portuguese, still present in mint condition. Many locals today visit this church for their daily religious visit. Good for trekking in Goa, the fort displays cannons and military Barracks.
This fort gives magnificent view of Raj Bag Beach, many local as well as professional photographer visit Goa for it’s glimpse. Perfect for road trip in Goa, you can choose Madgaon rent a bike service in Goa to get here.
Happy holidaying in Goa!