Built in 1540 AD, Cabo which means cape in Portuguese is situated amidst verdant environs. Located to the south of Mandovi river, the fort houses the Franciscan monastery which was declared as the official residence of Governor of Goa in 1594.
According to history books, in 1540 the then Governor of Goa Estevo de Gama ordered the fortification of the area to protect it from attacks through the Mandovi and Zuari rivers. The chapel and monastery were commissioned a few years later by viceroy Matias d Albuquerque. Bishop Santa Maria laid the foundation of the monastery and in just over six months the beautiful structure was completed with laterite stones.
The Raj Bhavan or the official residence of the Governor, housed inside the fort, consists of a huge Darbar Hall (used for holding official events like swearing in ceremonies) and the dining room with a capacity of over 30 persons.
The palace houses a huge collection of stunning glass chandeliers, porcelain vases, antique furniture and other collectibles from the Portuguese era.
Location of Cabo Palace Fort
The Cabo Fort is located just a short distance from Fort Aguada in the busy port town of Marmugao. With the shimmering blue waters of the Indian Ocean in the west and the bay of river Mandovi toward the south, the fort offers a panoramic view of the natural setting around.
How to reach Cabo Palace Fort
Cabo Palace is situated just a short distance away from the busy port town of Marmugao. The town is connected to other parts of the state through a network of well built roads. State transport buses ply regularly between Marmugao and other major cities of Goa including capital, Panaji.