Forts of Goa – Sada Fort

Best known for having provided refuge during an attack by the Marathas, led by Sambhaji, in 1685, the Sada fort was already over a century old then, having built c. 1543 when the Portuguese established a port at Mormugao, near Vasco-da-Gama –today a town of middling size, 30 kms south of Panaji.

Today a partially ruined wait going down a cliff is all that remains of the fortification – but the area is worth visiting, especially for those who choose to climb down the long flight of steps along the wall, to the isolated and small but attracted beach below.

A small shrine to Durga and Shiva has been built around the fort’s wall and much more descent, and provides picturesque views of the open seas below.