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Chapora Fort, Goa: 5 reviews and 16 photos
During Portuguese occupation, these northern areas were threatened by various groups who wanted its strategic location. This area of the Bardez was ceded to the Portuguese in 1543 but the fort was not built until 1617. Chapora was taken twice-once when the captain of the fort gave it over to the Maratha forces under Sambhaji, a Hindu leader, in 1684. It fell again in 1739, to the same group. The Portuguese did remodel and adapt the fort in 1717, adding tunnels for escape and resupply. The fort began to lose importance at the turn of the century and was finally abandoned in the late 1800's. The stone walls are all that remain today but the views are incredible. There are many coconut and cashew plantations to the east. You can look out across Vagator beach and the Arabian Sea and the Chapora River cuts the north view towards Morjim beach which is now a protected sea turtle nesting ground.
If you are staying at Vagator you can climb the hill to enter the fort grounds. The ground is really steep and slippery. The ground is mostly loose gravel.
Directions: Near Anjuna Beach
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