Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Forts of Konkan 23 : Terekhol Fort तेरेखोलचा किल्ला

Terekhol, Northern Goa (sometimes also spelled as Tiracol due to Portuguese influence on the Goan side.)
Seaside fort

Things to see:
Terekhol fort provides views of confluence of Terekhol river and Arabian sea as it located at the end of the creek. There are remains of the fort such as walls and bastions which are constructed in Portuguese and Maratha style. A church of St. Anthony's is also there inside the fort.

The fort was first built by Maharaja Khem Sawant Bhonsle of Sawantwadi in 17th century. It was later on captured by Portuguese viceroy of Goa, Dom Peidro Miguel de Almeida in the year 1764. However the fort officially became part of their territory in the year 1788. The fort was used for an unsuccessful armed rebellion against Portuguese government by Dr. Bernardo Peres da Silva who was of Goan descend. Later during 1950's and 1960's the fort was also captured for sometime by the Goa Mukti Andolan activists.

The fort is now converted into a heritage hotel and entry into the fort is regulated by Goa government. They allow only a few people at a time. One may have to wait very long to get an entry into the fort. The St. Anthony's church inside the fort is open to the general public on some occasions.

Nearby attractions:
Querim beach, Manganese mines in neighbouring Redi Kanyal villages, Temples in Redi viz. Navdurga, Mauli and Swayambhu Ganapati. One can also visit Yashwantgad in Redi.

How to reach:
By your own vehicle:
Follow the route as given below to reach,

Kudal Vengurla
Redi Kanyal Terekhol
Aronda (via Pernem, Kiranpani)

By public transport:
Reach Sawantwadi which is connected to Mumbai, Pune, Kolhapur and Goa with direct ST and private buses. It is also connected with trains to Mumbai and Goa. From there on reach Redi Kanyal and/ or Terekhol by ST buses. There are also direct buses available from Vengurla. There is one direct ST bus for Redi from Mumbai. While coming from Goa one has to reach Querim which is connected by direct buses to Pernem, Mapusa and Panaji. Querim and Terekhol are connected by ferry boat service across creek.

Nearby Places for stay:
Goa, Vengurla, Sawantwadi, some resorts and homestays available near Redi and Shiroda.