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Fort Tiracol, North Goa

The Tiracol Fort in Goa, also known as Terekhol Fort, was constructed by Maharaja Khem Sawant Bhonsle then the King of Sawanwadi during 17th century on the top of a Hilllock at northern bank of Tiracol River, which is also located in the close proximity to the Arabian Sea. The name Tiracol probably derives from the Marathi word tir-khol, which means a “steep bank of river”. The fort is located about 45 km away from the capital city of Panaji, Goa, and a ferry service from Querim is available to reach Tiracol.

The fort was captured by Portuguese during (in 1746 AD) their time of ranges in Goa. Suddenly Tiracol Fort becomes an important part of the Portuguese naval defences. During the time period of Portuguese a church named, St Anthony was constructed and also they reconstructed the fort. Thereafter, the Tiracol Fort was used as a base for freedom fighters during the liberation of Goa in 1961 and the Portuguese lost its control over the fort when India forcibly annexed its territory. Presently Tiracol Fort has been converted into a heritage hotel.

Tiracol Fort, North Goa

(Tiracol Fort, Now it termed as Tiracol Fort Heritage Hotel)

The main attraction of the fort is a lovely scenic view from top on the fort of the Tiracol River and the Arabian Sea. Now the church of the fort is mostly closed throughout the year. It is opened for the public during certain festivals, usually in the month of May. You will find that the Tiracol Fort presently has been converted into a heritage hotel and you can easily reach here.

How to reach Fort Tiracol?

Travel by Airway Tiracol Fort is about 64 km away from Goa international Airport, Dabolim. After reaching here you can hire a car to reach the fort. 

Travel Roadway You can catch a Taxi from Panaji Bus Stand (about 45 km from the fort) to Keri or the hamlet of Querim, then ferry to Tiracol. 

Travel by Railway The nearest railway station of Tiracol Fort is located about 42 km away. Regular bus and private taxi services are available here from the station to the Keri Beach. 

Travel by Seaway You can also travel to Tiracol Fort with a ferry from its neighboring Sea Beach, Keri. Ferry Tickets and Timings: 6.30 am - 9.30 pm, 30 minutes back to back...

General information about Fort Tiracol

Country India
State Goa
Nearest City Thivim: 33 km and Panaji: 45 km
District North Goa District
Location Tiracol, Pernem, Goa-403524, India
STD Code 02366
Best time to visit November To mid-March is the best, but you can visit any time except monsoon (rainy session).
Comfortable Clothing at Tiracol Summer Season - Light Cottan
Winter Season - Cottan or light woolen
Nearest Hotel, Restaurants and resorts Tiracol Fort Heritage Hotel
Tiracol, Pernem
Goa-403524, India
Phone: 02366-227631
Mobile: 09767429919
Entry Timing 6:30 am - 9:30 pm, (30 minutes back to back)
Keri beach, North of Arambol is a completely uncorrupted and rarely visited stretch of sand supported by Casuarina trees all the way down to Arambol Highland. A tiny hamlet of Paliem village lies on the plateau about 4 km north of Arambol just before the road sinks to the thick wooden sides to Keri and the Tiracol Ferry is also worth a visit.