Goa evokes images of the warm waters of the Arabian Sea, swaying palms, quaint villages, undulating hills and sandy beaches. Most visitors are not aware of Goa’s many historical attractions because they tend to focus primarily on getting accommodation and enjoying the local cuisine, flea markets, beaches and night bazaars. This Christmas, make your holiday special by exploring the hidden treasures of Goa.
This historical fortification, also called Nanuz Fort, was constructed in the 17th century to keep the invading Portuguese army at bay. The local tribal chieftain who built the fort was captured by the Portuguese, but the ruins of the fort still stand regally on top of a hillock surrounded by forests.
Palace of the Viceroys
The Palace of the Viceroys is located in Velha Goa and offers a stunning view of the Mandovi River. During the Portuguese rule, it housed the administrative offices. The complex was demolished in 1820. All that remains of the magnificent palace is the Arch of the Viceroys whispering unheard stories of a bygone era.
Located on the popular river island of Divar, Fort Naroa was originally an Islamic construction with some Hindu architectural designs. Archaeological evidence dates the construction to the 17th and 18th centuries. The fort’s architecture was changed by the conquering Portuguese, who then abandoned it in 1834. Within the fort’s ruins, you’ll find an impressive Baroque church with two domed towers.
If you look beyond the clichéd tourist attractions in Goa, you will find history standing silently amidst lush hills and forests.