Built by king Adil Shah of Bijapur, the magnificent Chapora Fort stands majestically on the banks on the Chapora river. The structure, which is now mostly in ruins, commands a panoramic view of the adjoining Vagator and Anjuna beaches.
The latest structure to be added to the fort was a red bastion made of laterite, which was built by the Portuguese during the 17th century in place of an already existing structure.
The fort was originally built to drive away plunders and raiders who came to establish their hold on the region. During the Portuguese rule the fort was rebuilt in a grand style with beautiful architecture and antique ware embellishing its interiors and exteriors. The fort also had a series of underground tunnels built to help evacuate the residents in case of an emergency.
The top of the fort reverberates a mystical aura and offers a memerising view of the sun setting behind the shimmering waters. Some of the walls still have canon marks on them that remind the tourists of its violent past.
Location of the Chapora Fort
The mammoth Chapora fort is located at a distance of just 10 km from Mapusa on the banks of the Chapora river in north Goa. The most prominent landmark near the fort is the Anjuna beach, which is visited by thousands of tourists throughout the year.
How to reach Chapora Fort
Chapora fort is located just 10 km from Mapusa and 18 km from Panaji and can be conveniently reached by hiring local transport from any of these places. State transport buses ply regularly between Anjuna beach and most of the major neighbouring cities of Goa. You can also hire pre-paid taxis or motorcycles to reach the place.