Cabo de Rama fort is one of the oldest and largest in Goa and is situated 15km North of Agonda in Canacona, South Goa. It’s proximity is close to the mouth of the river Sal and is also known as the Cape of Rama.

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Front entrance to gate-house

The fort was built by Hindu rulers of the time and it’s believed the name “Rama” came from the hero of the ancient epic Hindu poem “Ramayana” which has over 500 chapters, and was used by Lord Rama and his wife Sita whilst in exile from Ayodhya  .

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View point from behind Saint Antonio church

It has changed hands many times and has had Hindu,  Muslim and Portuguese rulers, the latter holding the reigns of the fort from 1763, after defeating King Raja of Sonda. The British army also held the fort from the late 17th to early 18th centuries.

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Saint Antonio Church

In more recent times the fort had also been used as a Government prison up until 1955, and has fallen into disrepair, but still has Saint Antonio Church and the main gateway still standing, along with numerous Portuguese cannons.

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main gatehouse

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Viewpoint from walkway behind church

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View toward river Sal from watch-tower

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Saint Antonio church

Worth a visit to get off the beach, the approach road from Palolem and Agonda takes around 30 minutes on a scooter, and is a nice ride and easy to navigate, and there is plenty of parking once at the fort. Remember to take water with you, but there are a few restaurants that you pass on the winding road that look like they could do with your business.