Goa has received a lot of attention from tourists who come to India. It is one of the best destinations available in India for people to get closer to nature and enjoy a good time. All the tourists who visit Goa never forget to visit the forts located around the city. In fact, you will be able to find a large number of forts in Goa.
Here is a list of 7 of the most popular forts in Goa.
If you are looking forward to visiting Goa, you should go to at least one of these famous forts.
Mormugao Fort is one of the most important forts in Goa. It was constructed with the objective of providing enhanced protection to the Mormugao Harbor. Back in the past, 3 magazines were available at the fort. In addition, there were 5 jails, a residence for the guardians and 20 different bulwarks. A church was also established within the Mormugao Fort. However, none of them exists as of now.
You will only be able to find the remains of these structures. However, all the remains that you can find in Mormugao Fort are well preserved. A must visit for people who want to get a better understanding of Goa’s past. This fort is open for tourists 24 hours, however you are encouraged to visit there during the day time to get the most out of your journey.
Location: The fort is located near the Mormugao port, a few kilometres north of Vasco.
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You can find Cabo fort in the southern part of Goa. It is another abandoned fort that you can find in the area. As per historical records, it has been proven that Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshman stayed at this fort. When Portuguese captured India, they got hold of the Cabo fort as well. After that, they constructed a lot of new buildings within the fort premise. One of those buildings is a chapel. The chapel is still functioning. In addition, Portuguese constructed a convent inside Cabo fort, which is now being used as the residence of the governor. The fort was constructed back in 1540 and is still standing in good shape and form.
Address: Taluka Cabo da Rama, Canacona, Goa 403702
Reis Magos Fort
Reis Magos Fort is located in close proximity to the Mandovi Rover. This is another fort constructed by Portuguese. Portuguese wanted to provide protection to Goa against intruders. As a result, they went ahead and created this fort during 1551. At the base of this fort, you will be able to find a church. Back in the day, Reis Magos Fort was used as the residence for viceroys. However, it has now been transformed into a prison.
Address:Verem, Bardez, Goa 403114
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Chapora Fort is one of the majestic forts in Goa. The original structure of Chapora Fort was constructed by Adilshah. However, Portuguese captured this fort during 1617 and they introduced several changes to it. In fact, they expanded the scope of the fort.
Chapora Fort is located around 22 kilometers away from Panaji. One of the fascinating features about Chapora Fort is that it has got underground tunnels. These tunnels were used by residents to cover themselves during an attack. In addition, you will be able to find strewn Muslim tombstones and gigantic walls at Chapora Fort. I would highly recommend adding this to your checklist of forts to be visited while spending time in Goa.
Did You Know: The Fort of Chapora got popularized by the movie Dil Chahta Hai (therefore, also known as the Dil Chahta Hai Fort) and is now a key attraction of Goa.
Address:Chapora Fort Rd, North Goa, Chapora, Goa 403509
Terekhol (Tiracol) Fort
Terekhol Fort was constructed by Maharaja Khem Sawant Bhonsale. However, Portuguese captured this fort during 1746. As a result, they expanded the fort and you cannot find it in the original form. Terekhol Fort has received a lot of attention for the Goan history associated with it. As mentioned earlier, Portuguese took necessary steps to rebuild this fort after capturing it. Along with those activities, they introduced a church here as well. This church is still functioning.
A heritage hotel has been constructed within the premises of Terekhol Fort. In addition, it is open for the public to explore. Therefore, you will be able to spend one complete day while roaming around Terekhol Fort.
Location:Located on the Tiracol River (North Goa), it is about 40km from Panaji
Timings:9.00am to 7.00pm
Corjuem fort is located in close proximity to the Aldona Village. This is not an old fort that you can find in Goa, when compared to others mentioned in the list. That’s because Portuguese constructed this fort from the scratch. Portuguese constructed several forts in the area and Corjuem fort is one of them. It was constructed during 1705.
This fort is located around 4km away from Pomburpa. Only two of the inland forts in Goa survives up to date and Corjuem fort is one of them. All the visitors are provided with the freedom to roam around and explore Corjuem fort. While you are exploring this fort, you will get the opportunity to enjoy beautiful surroundings as well. It is another majestic looking fort in Goa.
Address:Off Aldona-Corjuem Road, Corjuem, Goa 403508
Timings:6:00 AM – 7:00 PM
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Aguada Fort is another fort in Goa constructed by the Portuguese. It is currently being used by the government of India as a prison. There was a lighthouse inside this fort as well. People have used this lighthouse until the 19th Century.
One of the unique features about Aguada Fort is that you will be able to discover a large number of fresh water springs around it. Hence, it can be considered as a beautiful fort available for you to visit. The architecture of Aguada Fort has been aligned perfectly well with the environment. However, it is important to keep in mind that only few of the buildings at Aguada Fort remain in good condition nowadays.
Address:Fort Aguada Road, Candolim, Goa 403515
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