Best Forts in Goa Information
Compared to the forts located in the historical hotspots of India, Goa forts are smaller in size. Nevertheless, as historical specimens they are of great reputation. These ruins, now tourist corners, serves as the quiet testimony to the era bygone – the Portuguese rule. There are quite a few Portuguese forts along the coastline of Goa and well-maintained. Bestow tour packages generally arrange tours of these forts by private vehicles. Below is the list of five most-visited forts of Goa.
Top Five Goa Forts
Fort Aguada – Most well-known among all the Goa forts. Placed atop a hill, near the mouth of Mandovi, Aguada offers exquisite scenic view of the Arabian Sea. It was built by the Portuguese in the 1612 AD. History says, Portuguese rulers used this fort as their defense base because of its splendid strategic location and view of the sea as well as nearby villages. It was heavily fortified as safeguard against the Dutch and Maratha invasion.
Fort Chapora – Frequently called as the Dil Chahta Hai Fort now-a-days as the famous male-bonding scene from the blockbuster was shot here. Located near Vagator Beach, overlooking Chapora River, this one was built in 1617 AD by the Portuguese. It served as a watch post against the Hindu raiders. It has wide walls with ramparts over which you can walk and wander along enjoying the superb view of Vagator, Ozran and Morjim Beach. A short trek along the hilly track from Vagator can take you to the fort.
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Fort Terekhol – Situated at the Northern tip of Goa, on the mouth of River Terekhol, this fort is 42 kms away from the capital. Built in the 17th century by a Hindu Maharaja to grasp control over a considerable portion of the Arabian Sea and to maintain a sizeable fleet of native vessels. However in 1746 it was seized by a Portuguese Viceroy. The fort is set on a hill offering exotic view of Kalacha and Querim beach. Colorful paragliders from Kalacha are often sighted from the top. Within the fort, there is a church called St Anthony’s, although mostly closed.
Fort Reis Magos – This fort was erected in 1551 by a Portuguese Viceroy on the Northern banks of Mandovi to protect the narrowest point of the estuary. It played an important role in Goa’s defense against the Maratha attack in 1739. Set in the extreme south of the Bardez area, it is close to the Reis Magos Church,known for its colorful Feast of the Three Wise Men or the ‘Festa dos Reis Magos’. The fort is surrounded by laterite walls with typically Portuguese turrets.
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Fort Corjuem – This military fortress is located on Corjuem Island, 12 kms away from Panjim. This square shaped, relatively small fort was put up in 1551 by the Portuguese. Its wide walls have frequent gun points and murder holes. It also has a striking staircase leading to the ramparts from where the view below is startling.
So you want a flavor of history while staring at the ocean waves? Bestow tour packages are equipped to offer you a tour of forts that would certainly leave you mesmerized.