I prefer to call myself a blend of mountain and beach girl. Sometimes I love to roam around the mountains and sometimes you can find me to soak the tan from beaches. Last year when I went to Goa for the first time, I had fallen for Goa since then. After Covid maybe travel plans have changed a lot, but my love for Goa remains the same. This time, I want to spend a little me safe time with Goa with the combination of beach and history and a pinch of luxury. I found myself on cloud nine when I discovered Fort Tiracol, Goa – Hidden gems of India, where I can cherish everything I have dreamed of.
Often misspelt as Tiracol or Tirakhol, situated on the bank of Terekhol River, this fort stands on the northern edge of Goa. The name probably originated from the Marathi tir–khol emblazoned on it “steep river-bank” and I could not help but amaze how appropriate the name was and I started reading about the hidden gem of India, Tiracol fort.
Fort Tiracol comes with a rather unique history, one can understand the history behind this steep riverside fort. The fort was the valued ownership of Maharaja Khem Sawant Bhonsle of the seventeenth century, who housed his startling armada of maritime vessels in the Tiracol River underneath. It was then reconstructed in 1764 after the Portuguese Viceroy Dom Pedro Miguel de Almeida caught it. Notwithstanding, Terekhol was lawfully fused into Goa just in 1788. In 1825, Dr. Bernado Peres da Silva, the first Goan conceived Viceroy of Goa, utilized the post as a base for an equipped insubordination to the Portuguese.
The fort was a significant portion of Portuguese sea guards; being widely redone in 1764. It stayed in Portuguese control till December 1961 when the remainder of Portuguese regional stations in the subcontinent were coercively attached by India. It was wrested from the family by the Portuguese in a savage sea fight and remained in their control until Goa’s freedom in 1961. Now the fort has been converted into a luxurious property where the history and the culture are still glorified.
Goa is without doubt Google’s most researched destination and the best coastal paradise for everyone. I’ve only come here last year with a very short span of time in hand. (Read more about the experience here ) I was surprised to not hear about Fort Tiracol earlier and this time only came to know from Thomas Cook via their hidden gems of India campaign.
It is precisely an hour away, 42 km from North of Panaji, easily reached by ferry from Querim. It has a total of seven newly revamped rooms and suites elegantly designed with unique Portuguese style. The interiors are a blend of heritage and contemporary features which give the fort an outstanding look. Rooms are named after the seven days of the week! 2 Suites: Saturday and Sunday and 5 Deluxe Double Rooms: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. With its limited number of rooms, the hotel offers an incredible experience to the guests.
With Thomas Cook one can feel extra special luxury care and nourishment at Fort Tiracol along with below benefits:
Fort Tiracol Goa 4 days – 24,490/- per person
The fort’s elevated situation and the scenic views from the ramparts are truly mesmerizing. Sitting on the top verandah, or on one of the rooms’ private balconies, view of the panoramic seascapes and the sunset or sunrise is a sublime experience.
The all-white marble bath, with its twin sinks, is an absolute dream for someone who loves white interiors as much as me. I’m dreaming of visiting this property and pampering myself with lavish food and splendid views.
Across the fort, what stands out is the minimalist aesthetic, it surprises me with the decor, church, different style of rooms, amenities and elegance factors.
Due to the covid and lockdown phase, we all learned two things for sure; one is patience and the second is enjoying the moment. So, this time I’m planning to do slow and sustainable travel and visit all those places I’ve wanted to visit for a long time. The list is long but I’m sure it’s worthy it:
Redi Beach, Paradise, Morjim, Calangute, Keri beach, Ashvem as I heard a lot about these beaches.
Though I have done earlier Aguada and Chapora forts but again want to visit them with two complete hidden gems Reis Magos Fort and Corjuem Fort.
Last time due to the monsoon I was not able to visit any market. So this time I will make sure to visit Mapusa, Saturday night market and Wednesday Flea Market. ( Check my North Goa explore in Monsoon here)
As you know, I love to learn the history and so keen to visit any religious place to know more about the places and cultures. Last time I visited Bom Jesus Basilica (It has a very unique history, and you can check the video here) and Immaculate Conception Church (famous for movie shooting) but this time I would explore SE cathedral, Penha de Franca church and many more.
Again, I have not seen any waterfalls in Goa due to Monsoon, so this time will surely visit and make memories at Arvalem Falls, Sada falls, Dudsagar Falls, Netravalli falls and Tambri sula falls. Also, if you want to check more about Goa visit, read this.
For everyone’s info, few Sanctuaries that are not to be missed are Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Bondla Wildlife, Bhagavan Wildlife, Cotigao Sanctuary, Netravally Sanctuary …
This time we need to be more careful with a positive outlook towards life. Let’s travel again, but this time with responsibilities and sustainability. Stay healthy and safe and keep exploring the hidden gems of India.