Chapora Fort is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Goa. It is located on the Anjuna beach, 10 Kms from Mapusa at Bardez - Goa on the southern headland of the Chapora River. Fort was built in 1717 by Goa's Viceroy to protect Bardez from the Bhonsales of Sawantwadi and Marathas. The fort was built to guard the entrance to the Chapora River and as a border watchpost from the Bhonsales of Sawantwadi and Marathas. In 1892, Portuguese finally deserted the fort after the territory's frontiers had been forced further north and the Novas Conquistas region.
At present, the fort is now unmaintained and provides a mystical and dramatic look to the Chapora beach. The fort oozes out Old Portuguese Styles and types of Architecture. Only the ramparts survive few Muslim tombstones and bits of glorious red laterite stone is left as remains of massive structure. One can still see the heads of two secret passageways and tunnels that formerly provided supply routes for besieged defenders.
It's a delightful place for the views it offers on all sides and has a beautiful view of the Vagator Beach and Anjuna Beach. From top of the fort, you can see the Hills and the Arabian Sea. It is a pleasant place to wander that offers fantastic views north across the Chapora river to Pernem, south over Vagator and also far out to the Arabian Sea in the West. Peacocks, wild hare and jackals can occasionally be spotted on the wooden slopes.
How to Reach: Buses, Cabs and bikes on rent is easily available to reach Chapora Fort. One can easily reached by hiring local transport from Panjim and Mapusa.
Location:Chapora Fort is located near Anjuna beach, 10 Kms from Mapusa and 18 Kms from Panjim in North Goa.
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