Tiracol fort was built and for a very long time was under the ruler of Sawantwadi, Maharaja Khem Sawant Bhonsle. It’s a southern Maharashtrian township and the last town one crosses in Maharashtra before entering Goa. Historically, the fort underwent various changes of flag, right from being taken over by the Portuguese in the year 1746 to being used by freedom fighters as base camp during the operation in 1961 to liberate Goa and assimilate it into India.
The tourist value Fort Tiracol offers today
Tiracol as a location is one of the last few untapped localities of Goa, completely novice to commercialization and as pretty as possible in its natural form! Many western tourists prefer Tiracol as a picnic spot on a day off from the beaches. The fort has been built on a hilltop overlooking the Querim beach on the other side of the river Tiracol. It has been built perpetually on the mouth of the river Tiracol. The views, needless to say, are breathtaking! The best time to visit the Tiracol Fort is in the summer.
Getting to Fort Tiracol
The fort is located way up North. Tourists based in Panjim, Vasco and other parts of south Goa may find it a little far and you might have to hire a cab since riding town all the way takes a lot out of you. Although tourists based in Candolim, Baga and Calangute, including Vagator and Bardez can enjoy the short drive past Mapusa. Renting a bike if you’re in one of these places is worth it because you might end up spending the day at Tiracol. Make sure you ride safe, the roads are winding, and the route is hilly.