Do wait for the pandemic to be erased completely before heading out for such explorations.
It is simply bewitching that Goa has so much more to offer, than the usual experience of 'sun, sand and the sea'. So if you're looking to go beyond these generic touristy experiences, then you should check out the Corjeum Fort, lying about 12 km from Panjim. With engrossing legends oozing out of every brick in this mighty edifice, it is a haven for all you shutterbugs and trekking aficionados. Thus when the pandemic concludes, set out on an expedition to know more about this towering fort and don't forget to carry your camera along with you!
Rebuilt by the Portuguese administration of Goa
Built in the year 1550, the Corjeum Fort was occupied by the Bhosle rulers of Sawantwadi. In 1705, the fort was annexed and rebuilt by the Portuguese administration of Goa, under the Viceroy Caetano de Mello e Castro. Square in shape, the fort was of great strategic importance to defend the town of Corjeum and contains livings quarters and a chapel dedicated to St. Anthony. This rustic beauty is the ideal spot, where you can just roam around away from the city's chaos and feast your eyes on the ruins of Goa's past!
But what do the legends say?
A very fascinating legend attached to this mystical structure speaks of a brave woman called Ursula e Lancastre, who took Shakespeare's Portia from Merchant of Venice a little too seriously! Fed up with the way women were living and treated in those times, Ursula disguised herself as a man and posed as a soldier to defend this fort. When caught, the captain of the guards was so impressed by her valour, that he courted and wed Ursula instead of punishing her to death. So what's more to life than soaking in the splashy sun and such striking legends?!
A paradise for all those who are fond of delving deep into the history and design of ancient architectural masterpieces, the Corjeum Fort and its rich history make for a complete 7-course meal. The fort is open for you to visit from 6 AM and 7 PM but the best time to visit is during the morning or evening hours, when the sun isn't too harsh. But do wait for the pandemic to be erased completely before heading out for such explorations and if you're going anytime soon, do carry your mask and sanitiser!