Lighthouses have always been a symbol and beacon of hope for all who have dreamt of conquering the mighty seas. India’s long coastline stretching all the way from the Arabian Sea to the Bay of Bengal has a vast treasure of lighthouses that date back to even the Pre-British Times.
In Goa, the lighthouses were majorly constructed by the Portuguese. Most of the lighthouses were manual before, but have since been automated. Lighthouses were created to offer direction to seafarers, but they also offer breathtaking views of land and ocean.
The lighthouse situated in Aguada, is part of the historical Aguada fort. The fort is located just off the Sinquerim shore. The lighthouse along with the fort was constructed in the 17th century. You cannot climb onto the lighthouse, but the picturesque view from the fort is enough to make you awestruck. The fort overlooks the Arabian sea and sunsets from here are really something beautiful to look at. The fort with its historic importance is a must visit for any person visiting North Goa.
The lighthouse is located close to the Reis Magos fort and just off the Kegdole beach in Verem. The lighthouse is no longer in use and is just for the purpose of sightseeing. The INS Mandovi jetty is also a great spot for fishing. In the evening along the stretch you will find a lot of tourists and locals fishing while admiring the scenery. To get to this place you can catch a ferry from Panjim and ride along the coastline on the Verem road to reach this wonderful lighthouse.
Kala Academy is situated in the heart of the city and has something to offer to everyone. The main attraction, of course, is the academy per se, but the added advantage is the fact that it is situated alongside a jetty. One can sit on the benches placed there and appreciate the gentle waves and the lighthouse situated near the water.
St. George Island
To get to the top of the lighthouse you need to first climb a small hill for about 15-20 minutes. A circular flight of stairs will get you to the top of the lighthouse. The top of the lighthouse has one of the most beautiful views. You get a birds eye view of the island and the sea. According to sources there is a well near the lighthouse which was built to serve drinking water to the ships which docked. To get to the island you can take a boat from Baina beach.
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