Chapora Fort – Goa – India

The Chapora fort is one of the most popular tourist attractions of India. This massive fort is built out of red laterite stones and was constructed first by the ruler of Bijapur, Adil Shah. This is one reason why it has been named Shahpura, which means the ‘town of Shah’. The Chapora fort is located at a distance of around 10 kilometers from Mapusa and can be reached by hiring a taxi or an auto from Mapusa. One can also take buses from Panaji that ply to Chapora fort on a regular basis.

 

The Chapora fort was built essentially to keep watch on numerous Hindu raiders and plunderers who came to establish their territory through Goa. The fort was destroyed after the rule of Adil Shah and was rebuilt by the Portuguese around 1617 when they made Goa their colony. The Portuguese also deserted the fort around 1892. During the Portugal rule, the fort was built in a grand style and also had underground tunnels to aid in escaping in case of an emergency. After the Portuguese left, the fort was abandoned and never occupied again.

Today, though mostly in ruins the fort gives a spectacular view of the Vagator and the Morjim beach. Many people who come to the beaches visit the Chapora fort just to feel that mystical air and view the sea from the ramparts of the fort. The walls are still strong and have withstood the lashes of time for many years. The Chapora fort is a very popular tourist attraction of Goa and many tourists don’t go back without visiting the Chapora fort at least once.

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.

Chapora River is a river in northern Goa, India.
Chapora continues to remain a perfect vantage point for gazing at the sea as the waves gently nudge the shore in silent harmony.

Morjim beach view from Chapora Fort,Goa
The fort is easily accessible from Vagator over the hill leading to the fort.

Remember the scene of ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ where the three actors sit on the fort overlooking the sea?                                                                 Well, that was ‘Chapora Fort’.

Though the fort was lying in ruins due to neglect, recently efforts have been made to restore the lost heritage and recreate the old magic.

Beautiful Sunset at Chapora Fort,Goa

A natural valley to the beach protected by rocky promontories provides an excellent natural access to the sea.

“Life is all about enjoying every sunset and looking forward for the next Sunrise.”

The fort offers an amazing bird’s eye view of the surrounding ocean and shoreline.

How to reach

Location: 10 kilometers from Mapusa, near the Anjuna beach, North Goa
Highlights: Lends a very wonderful and mystical feel to the beach while providing a spectacular view of the sea.
How to Reach: Chapora fort can be easily reached by hiring local transport from Mapusa or even Panaji, which is 18 kilometers away from here.

 

This article was published at http://girishpalkartravel.blogspot.in/  and is written by Girish Palkar.

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