TEREKHOL FORT

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Location: North Of Arambol, Canacona District, South Goa
Houses: The Chapel Of St. Anthony
Also Spelt As: Tirakhol
Nearby Attractions: Arambol, Palolem Beach

North of Arambol, the sinuous coast road climbs to the top of a rocky, undulating plateau, then winds down through a swathe of thick woodland to join the river Arondem, which it then follows for 4km through a landscape of vivid paddy fields, coconut plantations and temple towers protruding from scruffy red brick villages. The tiny enclave of Terakol, the northernmost tip of Goa, is reached via a clapped-out car ferry from the hamlet of Querim, 42-km from Panjim,

The Fort
It was a key Portuguese fort for the defense of Goa, on the north side of the estuary of the Teracol River, the most northern boundary of Goa. Hyped as one of the state's most atmospheric historic monuments, it turns out to be little more than a down at heel country house recently converted into a low-key luxury hotel. Decorative turrets and dry moat with commanding views of the estuary and ocean mark the fort.

If ones visit coincides with the arrival of a guided tour, one may get a chance to look around the gloomy interior of the chapel of St. Anthony, in the fort's claustrophobic cobbled square; at other times it's kept locked. The Chapel also has a classical late Goan façade.

How to get there, Arambol, GoaHOW TO GET THERE

Road: The few visitors that venture up to Teracol tend to do so by renting a motorbike and heading back at the end of the day to the relative comfort of Calangute or Baga. If one runs out of fuel, the nearest service station is at Arambol. One of GTDC's daily tours from Panjim comes up here, as does one daily Kadamba bus from the capital; alternatively, the 7.00 am bus from Siolim, on the Chapora river, pulls in at the Querim ferry an hour later.

Where to Stay, Arambol, Goa PLACES TO STAY

Accommodation is limited to the Posh Hotel Tirakhol Fort Heritage. The restaurant downstairs offers seafood, Indian and Chinese dishes, as well as beer.

TERACOL (TIRACOL) FORT
The fort presently houses a tourist hotel. The beach is situated at the confluence of river and sea and generally recognised for its tranquility.
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