We had decided on this visit to Tiracol ,which has a 16th century fort at the mouth of river Tiracol in the northernmost corner of goa as we had heard that the drive to the place, which would take us about 2 hours, was beautiful . and the ride itself would be enough to fulfill our heart and soul .
And true to what we had heard the drive to Tiracol was wonderful , we started early morning when everything was quite and the sun was just about to rise, the weather at such an hour is just great . As the sun rises you can soak the warm rays and take in the fresh smell of your surroundings.
You could see lush green trees and bushes along the way ,with the morning sun peeping through the branches . The villages were waking up and everything around was so very fresh and clean.
VIEW FROM THE TOP OF THE FORT
We reached Tiracol and sat on the beach, from where you have to take a ferry to the bank across which takes you to the fort. We had our snacks which we carried from home on the beach and just lazed around watching the water and the average activities of the people around you .
By the time we decided that we should cross over and visit the fort it was around 11.00 am and so we took a ferry across .
On the ferry we enquired about the facilities for lunch available at the fort. We where told that there were small shacks which had local families who cooked home made food for those interested , but they had to be given prior notice .That had us all excited . I think the excitement of eating was much more than the visit to the fort. So on our way up towards the fort we placed an order for our afternoon meal which the family said would take them an hour to prepare . For us any time was ok as long as it was fresh, home cooked goan meal . while chatting with them we got to know that they cater mainly to foreigners, as there were very few Indians, who eat at their place .but they were happy to have us there. They said they would cook the goan Christian type food which is different from our food as we cook the goan Hindu type food at home , so that was a good thing we would be able to taste something different we gave him a go ahead signal .
We climbed up a bit to reach the fort , there was nothing much there except for a good scenic view. We relaxed on the lawn outside the fort and waited for the hour to pass.
On reaching the shack we were served some real tasty goan food which we were eating for the first time.
Mackeral Recheiado(fried fish with red masala filling)
It was a simple but filling meal
we left Tiracol with fond memories of the wonderful lunch that we had.