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Popular Terekhol Fort in Goa

Terekhol Fort, Goa
Terekhol Fort, Goa
Terekhol Fort is a 16th centaury Portuguese Fort in Goa, is an architectural spectacle and a place worth visiting. Terekhol Fort means 'deep bank of the river' is situated at the northern banks of the River Terekhol in Goa. It derives the name from the river Terekhol. The fort is situated in the northernmost Goa and lies 42 kms from Panjim at the north most Taluka of Pernem. The Terekhol Fort is now in ruins and is converted into a heritage hotel, the 'The Terekhol Fort Heritage'.

History


The majestic crown of Goa, the historic Terekhol Fort, was a key Portuguese fort for the defense of Goa. It was captured by Portuguese Viceroy Dom Pedro Miguel de Almeida in 1746 from Maharaja Sawant Bhosle, who built this fort. In 1961, the fort was used as a base for freedom fighters during the liberation of Goa. This ancient and legendary fort was used to fight against Portuguese battalion, by the then viceroy of Goa, Dr. Bernado Peres da Silva, which stood as a rebellion step against Portuguese rule in Goa. Eventually the fort was re-captured by the Portuguese.

Attractions


There is a chapel of St.Anthony's church within the for Terekhol premises. The St.Anthony's church has a classical late Goan facade and is opened only on special occasions. Famed as a popular Historic Monument of the state, the Terekhol Fort, after transforming into a heritage hotel offer visitors to have a glimpse of the forts decorative turrets and dry moat, accompanied with commanding views of the estuary and ocean mark the fort. There's a restaurant downstairs, which offer exclusive Goan cuisine, seafood dishes with Indian and Chinese platter and also has a well stocked bar.

How to Reach


Fort Terekhol can be reached by hiring a taxi from Panjim (50 km) or by taking a bus from Kadamba Bus Stand or by taking a ferry to Tiracol.