Attractions of Goa 1: Lighthouse Aguada
360 degree view of Fort Aguada Area from top of the Lighthouse
Lighthouse at Aguada
Goa is the most famous tourist destination of India. Once a colony of Portuguese, was merged in to the Indian Union in early 1960's. As it was ruled by the Portuguese for more than 4 centuries, the culture and architecture of the region is greatly influenced by Portuguese. Now a beaming beach destination of India, is flooded by western tourists. Large portion of the tourist inflow are of Russians. Many regular visitors have turned to business in the State and have started restaurants, beach accomodation etc business. Goa has many attractions, from beaches, to it's century old church and other religious locations.
Fort Aguada is also a major attaraction in the Northern part of Goa. Located right at the coast of Arabian Sea surrounded by rocky cliffs, Fort Aguada was constructed in early 16th century to protect maritime attacks from Dutch and Maratha rulers. 'Agua' means water in portuguese hence the fort was named 'Aguada' signifying the region where rocks accumulates water. A four storey lighthouse was built on the fort in 1864 AD. It was later abandoned from usage in 1974. Now a taller modern Lighthouse stands few hundred meters west to the Fort which is also a GPS and Satellite Navigation establishment. Visitors are allowed at this new Lighthouse to visit and experience the breathtaking 360 degree view of the Bardez region of Goa from the top of the lighthouse.
A modern lighthouse few hundred meters west of Fort Aguada, also a GPS and Satellite Navigation Establishment
Built in 1613 by the Portugues to protect maritime attacks by the Dutch and Marathas.