An ancient fort, an old Portuguese church, a short trek, and the most astounding view of the Arabian ocean flanked by beautiful mountains and palm trees
Does it not sound like a paradise? This is precisely what Cabo De Rama in South Goa is! This article will provide you with all the necessary information and tips about Cabo De Rama. If you like to explore secluded beaches in South Goa. Check this one.
During our last trip, we stayed in South Goa for three days, and each day we could explore a new destination. I will soon share our complete itinerary with you. But first, let’s know more about Cabo De Rama.
Cabo De Rama Overview
Driving through the narrow palm-fringed lanes dotted with quaint Goan houses, small villages, and vast stretches of greenery (some golden-brown fields in between), the map took us to the front fort gate. By the way, there was hardly any signal, but somehow the GPS worked. Cabo De Rama fort is located on the hill along the Canacona coast. An impressive entrance leads to open ground. One path takes you to the top of the fort and another to a magnificent Portuguese church. Walk a little further into the wilderness, and you reach the ruined walls of the fort. The moment you enter the door, a breathtaking vista of palm trees and the backdrop of the Arabian Ocean greets you. Somehow the palm trees on the hill form a terrace garden-like view. I am not sure if it is natural or someone planted them like that. Anyways, descend through the stairs to be welcomed by the gorgeous view of the ocean. Pebble beach is a small cove-like rocky beach with round pebbles scattered all around.
Cabo De Rama is simply a complete package!
History of Cabo De Rama
Spread across 1,80,000 sq.m., Cabo De Rama is the largest and one of the oldest forts in Goa. The fort stands on a cape and gets its name from Lord Rama. The history of the fort dates back way back the Portuguese times. According to the legends, Lord Rama, his wife Devi Sita, and brother Lakshman spent their exile time here. The local Sunda rulers built the fort and ruled it until the Portuguese conquered it and restored it. They also built St. Anthony Church inside the fort. After that, it was a government prison till 1955. Now, this abandoned fort is a popular tourist attraction in South Goa.
How to reach Cabo De Rama
Cabo de Rama is located at the end of Cola village in Canscona and is also called Kholgad. It is 60 km from Panaji and 30 km from Margao. Cabo de Rama is well connected with major hubs in Goa like Margao and Panaji via buses. However, a taxi or rented car, or bike is more convenient to explore the area. We drove to Cabo De Rama in a rented car via Highway NH66. It took us around 30 minutes to reach Cabo de Rama from Cavelossim.
What to see in Cabo De Rama – Must visit places
1. The Cabo De Rama Fort – Explore the architecture of this medieval hill fort. Although most of it is in ruins, you can still admire the structures like the bridge at the entrance, watchtower, iron cannons, and remains of the walls. Admire the architectural wonder.
2. Chapel of Saint Anthony – At the center of the fort premise is the white church exhibiting the prominent Portuguese architecture. This heritage Chapel built by the Portuguese rulers is still in a good state. The local community organizes an annual feast here to offer their prayers.
3. Pebble Beach – The uneven stone stairs will take you to one of the most stunning hidden beaches in South Goa. Its a short trek consisting of 80-90 stairs and takes 10 minutes.The beach is covered by pebbles of different shapes and sizes, making this rocky beach a unique one. The mountains flank the beach from both sides, adding further to the panoramic view. Pebble beach is a perfect place to enjoy the gorgeous vista of the Arabian sea. You can also observe tiny mollusks and crabs at the edge of the rocks.
4. Cabo De Rama Sunset point – Cabo De Rama is known for its stunning sunset view. Enjoy the captivating view of the sunset from the top of the Fort. This mesmerizing view will surely leave you breathless.
Best time to visit Cabo De Rama
Although you can visit this gorgeous location throughout the year, the best time to visit is from October to February, when the weather is pleasant. Plan your visit during the late afternoon so that you have enough time to witness the magnificent sunset view.
The place remains open from 9 am to 5.30 pm throughout the week.
Things to keep in mind while visiting Cabo De Rama
1. If you plan to visit during monsoon season, carry an umbrella with you as there is not much shade
or covered area.
2. Carry your water bottle there is only one stall inside the Fort.
3. Do save the location and any other resort you plan to visit on your phone as there is no network in the area.
4. Travel responsibly, Do carry trash bag with you. Do not litter. Lets keep these beautiful natural treasures the way they are.
With its rich history, unmatched natural beauty, and captivating vistas, Cabo De Rama is one of the must-visit places in South Goa.
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