Fort Aguada

Fort Aguada GoaHave you ever experienced a mixture of ancient Portuguese territory and a five star luxurious stay? Do you think it is genuine blend? Well even if you've the slightest doubt in your mind, let's clear it out! As, staying and visiting this fort will be your life time experience, knowing the Portuguese culture along with modern amenities. Fort Aguada Beach Resort is a venture of Taj Group of Hotels and has been fashioned from the remains of the 16th century Portuguese Fort.

Situated at the top of Sinquerim plateau in Bardez Taluka, commanding the vast expanses of Arabian Sea, the fort was graded as a reference point of ships. Built on the mouth of river Mandovi, it was strategically located and was the chief defense of Portuguese against the Dutch and Marathas. Perched on a high cliff, this fort was perhaps the strongest fort protecting Portuguese territory.

Renowned For Its Fascinating Location
Built on the ramparts of 16th century Portuguese fortress, the Fort Aguada Beach Resort makes for a stunning sight from the elegant terraces to the emerald gardens below. The Fort Aguada Beach Resort is famous on account of this Fort that has partially lasted the ravages of time and now been converted into a beach resort.

The fort derived its name from Portuguese word "Aguada" which symbolizes "Water". The fort was built by Portuguese in 1612 AD near Mandovi River. The motto behind the fort was to protect Goa against any enemy attack from sea. The fort houses a spring which supplied water to ships in earlier times. The fort exhibits the splendor of Portuguese rule in Goa.

Attractions in Fort
As you move around and inside this fort you'll be astonished to see the unfolding beauty of this massive structure. Some of the interesting features you will come across in the fort are a 19th century lighthouse which once housed a monolithic bell, an enormous water tank that could store ten million liter fresh water, and a prison in the basement interestingly the largest in Goa.

Fort Aguada Beach Resort
Presently, the fort has been converted to a 5 star heritage hotel with all recreational facilities. With sea-facing deluxe cottages and villas spread over an 88-acre Taj complex, Fort Aguada Beach Resort is popular with international and domestic tourists for its princely comforts, personalized services, maiden beaches, tropical setting, and ultimate location. It offers a fabulous opportunity at self-healing and rejuvenation with its luxurious Spa Aguada and a host of other facilities for recreation and bodily freshness.

Nearby Places
Many tourist attractions and places of historical significance are located near the Fort Aguada Beach Resort in Goa. The location of Fort Aguada Beach Resort of Goa is at a place from where the tourists can get to the well-known destinations. You can visit the little Church of St Lawrence which is near. Built in 1630, this church is a must visit site.

How to Reach
From the Panjim Bus Stand, the location of Fort Aguada Beach Resort in Goa is at a distance of around 15 kilometers. Tourists will find Innumerable modes of transportation from these places to the location of Fort Aguada Beach Resort in Goa.

Cabo Palace Fort

Cabo Palace Fort GoaDo you know tourists generally get confused between the Cabo Palace Fort and the magnificently built Raj Bhavan? As, the fort has been transformed into Raj Bhavan it is a bit hard to recognize it. But nevertheless, you'll enjoy visiting this grandiose structure.

Built in 1540 A.D, this fort is situated on the south headland of the river Mandovi opposite Fort Aguada. The Cabo Fort is known severally in the modern times as the Cabo Fort, Cabo Palace, Cabo Raj Niwas and even Raj Bhavan. Currently, the house of the Governor's house, used to be the house of Viceroy in colonial India.

Attractions of the Fort

Durbar Hall
This was official reception area used for the swearing ceremonies and other official occasions.

Dining room
Has a massive capacity to accommodate over 30 persons

House three suites and seven double rooms.

Bohemian chandeliers, Chinese porcelain, silver and a wide range of high quality wooden furniture with delicate workmanship are seen. The most unique are the pieces of antique Chinese porcelain manufactured in Canton. There is also a worn-out set of crockery having a similar design with same coat of arms. All these had been specially ordered for the use of the Portuguese Governor General. There is also a remarkable collection of high quality wooden furniture with exquisite workmanship. A set of elaborately carved chairs are simply excellent for the fact that Hindu Gods and Temples have been carved on them.

A small Chapel was constructed at the very end of the mansion, dedicated to our virgin lady of the cape (Nossa Senhora do Cabo). It also served as a turning point for the seamen. Every Wednesday, at around 11 a.m., Anjuna breaks into a flood of colors. Huge numbers of tourists’ vehicles start raising clouds of dust in its surroundings. Whatever one needs, from a used paperback to a haircut, one would find it here. The flea market is a heaven for hardcore shoppers and good bargainers, to bid on wonderful blends of Tibetan, Kashmiri and Gujarati trinkets and handicrafts, European snacks, cassettes of a noisy brand of music called 'Goa Trance', artificial ornaments carvings and T-shirts.

How to Reach
From the Panjim Bus Stand, the location of Fort Aguada Beach Resort in Goa is at a distance of around 15 kilometers and Fort Cabo is just opposite to Fort Aguada. Tourists will find innumerable modes of transportation from these places to the location of Fort Cabo in Goa.

Chapora Fort

Chapora Fort GoaIntroduction
If you think Goa is only about beaches, wine and fun, check your memory. Forts have always been related to history. But these grandiose structures not only speak of past, they demand fun loving environment too. The pleasure of scaling the heights of a Goan fort to enjoy the view over the Arabian Sea is only imaginable if you take out time to visit this fort.

The fort of Chapora is 8 miles to the northwest of Aguada and 25 kms from Panajim. Vagator beach is situated at the back of this Fort. Goa Chapora Fort is situated near the Anjuna beach in Goa. Chapora Fort is also called as "Shahapura" built by Adil Shah of Bijapur.

The Chapora Fort Goa dating back to 1617 is one of the finest examples of Portuguese architecture. It was rebuilt by the Portuguese as a border watch tower and later deserted by the Portuguese in 1892 as the empire continued to draw farther North, known as the New Conquests. This Fort is mostly in ruins now. The massive walls and the scattered Muslim headstones are all that is left of Chapora Fort. Deserted since the 19th century, it is in complete ruins today though the view down the coastline looks as wonderful as ever.

Attraction of the Fort
The view from the fort is magnificent and the houses built in dense groves of coconut palms, inhabited by fishing community look very pleasing to the eyes.

Nearby Attractions
You can freak out at many places near to this fort. There are many restaurants, banks, cafes, post offices etc. You can also enjoy the maiden beauty of the most popular beach in Goa, the Anjuna beach, where you can spend your whole day. With rocky and dry grasslands, the Vagator is also famous for its Old Portuguese style mansions built in the colonial era.

How to Reach
A large number of buses come in from Mapusa and Calangute Beach to Chapora Fort. There are direct buses too from Panjim. You can also hire rented motorcycles or taxis.

Mormugao Fort

Mormugao Fort goaYou might expect a fort to have stern and uncluttered look - but not this one. The fort commands a magnificent look and is worthy of being visited. Dating back to 1624, this was once the most important of coastal forts. The fort is near to the internationally famous Mormugao Harbor which was built to protect the harbor situated near the Vasco Da Gama town.

It is situated at the extreme northwestern point of Salsete and guard the entrance to the port. Located just north of Vasco Da Gama city and just south of Mormugao Port, this is the closest fort to Goa's airport. Primarily, Mormugao was generalized to be the capital of the Portuguese empire, hence the fort was erected and in 1703 the viceroy moved into the town.

An Informative Inscription
An inscription over the fort of the gate reads: The Catholic King Dom Filippe, the third of this name, reigning in Portugal, Dom Francisco Da Gama, fourth Count of Vidigueira, Admiral of India, a member of His Majesty's Council and a Gentleman of the Royal Household, being Viceroy for the second time, this Fortress was begun, the first stone being laid on ...April 1624….".

A Popular Fort
The Maratha warriors continued to attack the town and the fort and finally the Portuguese gave up the township in preference for Old Goa. As, a main constituent of Goan history, and being one of the most important India forts it is also very popular with those indulging in historical travel activities of Goa.

Attractions of Fort
The fortress is about 10 km in circumference and boasts of possessing some ancient articles like 20 bulwarks, three magazines, five prisons, a chapel and quarters for the guard. There were two beautiful fountains. The Fonte de Malabar kept the royal arms and was said to bob up from a gold mine and the Fonte de Santo Ignacio which had a more modest beginning in a sulphur mine.

Near By Places
Mormugao fort is closer to Varca beach. Varca has a belt of wooden fishing boats that are peculiar in their appearance. This too has proven to be very popular with visitors from around the world and is well worth a visit.

How to Reach

By Air
Dabolim, Goa's airport lies atop the rocky plateau which is 4-km southeast of Vasco Da Gama.

By Rail
The nearest railway station to Margoa is situated at Vasco Da Gama.

By Road
Arriving by bus from Panjim or Margao is very easy as you'll be dropped off to the nearest situated Kadamba bus Terminus which is 3-km east of the town centre from Vasco. From Vasco you can hire ferries to reach Margao harbor.

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