The weather seems just about right for a post on road trips.
And what better than those smooth winding roads of Goa, peppered with coconut groves and rice paddy lush with the freshness of monsoons. Here's a photo essay of one such road trip I did with my besties Reddy and Shankar on one of my many exploratory trips to Goa.
Tiracol Fort is located at the mouth of the Tiracol river just a short ferry ride away from Querim beach. We drove down from Anjuna, which was approximately an hour's drive away.
|A little cafe and a gorgeous view of the beach from the fort|
|Shankar enjoying the view Querim Beach from the fort|
|Its beautiful the way they have restored the fort and converted it into a heritage hotel|
|Maintaining the classic charm of the fort, the rooms are a pleasure to live in|
|A classic Goan style church sits snug in the centre of the expanse that is Terecol|
But having said that it would have been so much nicer had they created a space open for the public, albeit charging a certain sum of money. To know that only a privileged few could access its beautifully resorted spaces is quite a pity.
Also I would have liked to know the story of the fort through its walls, I am sure it witnessed and withstood many a rulers, many a celebrations and probably battles and massacres. What I missed here was hearing about its true story.
And earlier this year when I visited Reis Magos Fort on a trip organised by Tourism of Goa, I was so happy to see a beautifully restored fort and open spaces for the general public to lounge around. It also has a retrospective about Mario Miranda. More about that in another post.
|(l-r) Shankar, Reddy, DJ|
Now savouring the taste of the pudding and that oh so potent sea breeze... until the next road trip :)
If you have the moolah, want to go beyond the five star hotels and need a space to stay far far away from all the tourist clutter, I'd suggest you check in to Fort Tiracol Heritage Hotel. I know I would!
Here's a way to reach them:
t: +91(0) 2366227631
(Note: This was a self sponsored trip. Shankar and Reddy are my partners in crime for every trip to Goa; a lot because they are my drivers for most of these trips. And now that I drive, they are a little intimidated for the next one :D)
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