The Chapora fort is a very popular tourist attraction of Goa, which is situated close to the Vagator beach. From the fort, one can get a commanding view of the Vagator beach, Ozran Beach, Morjim Beach and the mouth of Chapora river. The shooting of the Hindi Bollywood movie Dil Chahata Hai was at the fort also added to the forts popularity. The fort has wide walls with ramparts over which one can walk and go around the fort. The walls are lined with arrow slits, gun ports and murder holes at regular intervals.
The fort can be reached by road from Mapusa. To reach here one has to take the road branching to the right just two kilometers before the Vagator beach. A small road leads to the base of a hill atop which the fort lies. Tourists can also reach the fort by climbing the hill from Vagator beach.
Chapora fort is located northern Goa overlooking the Vagator beach and lies at a distance of about 10 km. from Mapusa. This fort is also known as Shahpura, which means 'town of Shah', was intended as a border watch post to oversee various Hindu raiders during the 17th century. The fort was built in 1612 and was besieged twice by Shivaji's son, Sambaji, in 1683 A.D. and Bhonsle in 1739 A.D. It was then occupied by the Portuguese in 1741 A.D. until the independence of Goa. During the Portugal rule, the fort was rebuilt and also had underground tunnels in order to help in an escape during a siege.
The best time to visit Chapora Fort is evening time because sunset sky looks spectacular from here. Moreover, when the sky paints everything around, especially the Chapora River and beaches of Chapora, in its sunset colour, ah! the sight is just out of this world.
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Suggested duration: 2 hours.
Open and Closing Time
9:30 AM to 5:30 PM on all days of the week
Fee - No Entry Fee
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Hotels available near by Chapora fort
Distance between Madgaon Railway Station and Chapora Fort is 32.3 miles or 28.1 nautical miles
Chapora fort is an important tourist locations in Goa. It is one of the beautiful locations in the northern part of Goa. The fort is very close to the famous Vagator beach standing on a small hillock. Walls of the fort are built using Red-laterite stones. One can see the beautiful sight of Chapora river merging with Arabian ocean from the northern side of the fort.
Chapora Fort got its popularity after it was shown in the movie Dil Chahta Hai. And is now a primary attractive site in Goa.
There is not much to spend time except the viewing the vast Arabian ocean and the sunset in the late evening. Small children don't have any entertainment here.