Chapora Fort

Forlorn but pregnant with atmosphere, Chapora Fort’s ramparts and boundary wall cover a vast area while encircling a rocky headland overlooking the mouth of the Chapora River. Why is this fort an exciting place to visit? In a word, or three – location, location, location!

Chapora Fort stretches lazily across the natural contours of the hill and is easily accessed from Vagator. Walk through its unpretentious entrance and behold one of the most fabulous panoramas you’ll see in Goa. Turning your gaze into a 70-mm screen are its low walls, and the lack of any structures inside. The ramparts are all that remain.

Turn to your left and you can see all the way to Anjuna and then Vagator beach; the Arabian Sea stretches out in front of you; to your right, Morjim and Ashwem beaches are clearly visible; and behind you, the palm-fringed Chapora River and bay, and thickly wooded forests complete the picture. It’s no exaggeration to say that Chapora Fort offers you 360 degrees of sheer beauty.

The sunset viewed from here is unforgettable but the panorama is equally stunning on a cloudy, day. Only the colors change. If you’ve brought a picnic basket and family or friends along, it’s an ideal spot to spend a couple of hours. Tip: Carry your own snacks and soft drinks because there are no vendors here.

The original Chapora Fort is believed to have been built by the Sultan of Bijapur, Adil Shah, a local king in pre-colonial times. The name ‘Chapora’ takes its name from this local ruler – ‘Shah’ and ‘pura’. The original structure was demolished and the fort as it stands today was built by the Portuguese in the early 17th century. The fort changed hands many times, from the Portuguese, to Emperor Akbar, to the Marathas and then back to the Portuguese till they abandoned it in 1892. Scour its southern slopes and you will spot a handful of tombstones in the wild brush, a remnant of its Muslim past.

Considering its commanding view, the architects of Chapora Fort had more practical compulsions in mind when they chose to build this border watch post here. But thanks to their excellent military vision, vacationers can spend a glorious afternoon from on high.

Need To Know

  • There’s a small parking lot at the base of the fort but to get to the entrance, you must walk for 20 minutes across rough terrain. The incline is not steep and, on a cloudy day, it’s an easy climb. Wear sturdy footwear.
  • The beach at Chapora is nothing to write home about and visitors prefer nearby Vagator and Anjuna. If you plan to stay here for a few days, accommodation is available aplenty and you are spoilt for choice when it comes to eateries and cuisine. The town of Siolim is nearby and you will find excellent accommodation there.