Fort Cabo De Rama - Things to do in Goa
Medieval hillfort on the coast of Canacona, Goa.

Fort of Cabo de Rama

The fort of Cabo de Rama or Kalhad fort was built by Shivaji, a Hindu King of Maratha in 1679.It is constructed with Indian Fort Architecture. The fort is named after Lord Rama, hero of the epic Ramayana. It is said that he and his beloved wife Sita took refuge here during the time they were exiled from Ayodhya.

There is the small 500-meter-long Cabo de Rama beach just below the fort. It was constructed by the local Soonda rulers, who ruled from here. In the 1760s, the Portuguese gained control of Cabo de Rama after the Raja of Soonda surrendered his territory to them in return for protection against Hyder Ali of Mysore.

Inside Cabo de Rama, there is the Capela de Santo António which is in excellent condition and is still used by devotees. The fort also provides majestic views of the entire length of Colva beach and the Canacona stretch.

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