Magnificent Forts in North Goa
One of the most popular travel destinations in India, Goa is a mixture of Indian and typical Portuguese culture. Primarily, known for its stunning beaches, delicious seafood, vibrant nightlife, water sports and so on, the list is endless but there are some other attractions too, which as per the taste and choice, can be a memorable experience for a traveller.
Forts in Goa are one of the major attractions, not only for history and archaeological lovers but also for nature lovers and trekkers with their fascinating infrastructure and the far-reaching view from the top. These forts are standing tall, basking in the glory of the previous era. These forts are spread throughout the state. Some of them provide fantastic views of the Arabian Sea and the villages.
In this article, we will cover some of the famous Forts in North Goa, which should have a place in your schedule, while visiting Goa.
Established in the year 1510, by Adil Shah of Bijapur, Chapora Fort is one of the famous forts in North Goa that lures visitors with its stunning sunset and sunrise views. The steep slopes on all sides of this fort make you capture the panoramic vistas of Malabar region having sea along its side. The location of the fort is, where Chapora river meets the Arabian Sea, and this location is guaranteed to hold you spell-bound.
Reis Magos Fort
Reis Magos Fort is amongst the oldest forts in Goa and was established in the year 1551. It exhibits panoramic views from all sides. The breath-taking ambience of this place makes it one of the most loved forts in Goa. It is located on the bank of River Mandovi and overlooks the entire capital city, Panjim. Currently, Reis Magos fort has been restored and maintained by the cultural and heritage centre in Goa.
Corjuem Fort was built in the year 1705 by Portuguese. It served as a military base and fortress for the Portuguese army. The fort is famous for its location as it provides splendid sights of the surrounding area. It is one of the two prominent inland forts of Goa and lures travellers with its exquisite experiences.
Built in 17th century by Maharaja Khem Sawant Bhonsle, Terekhol fort is yet another beautiful fort located in North Goa that is also known as Tiracol Fort. Located at the origin of River Tiracol, the fort served as the base of freedom fighters in the year 1961.
To reach this gorgeous place while vacationing in Goa then you can take a ferry from Querim.
Aguada Fort is also known as the epitome of Portuguese architecture and was built in the 17th century. The fort is located at Sinquerim Beach, nearly 18 kilometres from Panjim. It is very popular among tourists for its well-preserved structure and breath-taking views of the sunset, overlooking the Arabian sea.
Sinquerim Fort was built in the year 1612 and is the lower extension of Aguada Fort. It is located at a distance of 18 kilometres from the capital city. The stunning view of the Arabian sea makes this fort even more beautiful, and the well-preserved structure is a treat to eyes.
Built-in 17th century, Nanuz fort holds an important historical value. Commissioned by Maratha ruler, Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, this fort played a significant role during the revolts in Goa and has witnessed the fall and the rise of the city.
It lures the peace-seeker with its serenity. The place is home to a vibrant flora and its aromatic surrounding entices the visitors.
This iconic fort is one of the must-visit forts in North Goa which is named after the famous Maratha ruler Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. He captured this fort in the year of 1665 and in the present day there is a life-size statue of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj at the entrance of the fort. The fort also has a garden and makes a great picnic spot for the families to enjoy a family day.
St. Estêvão Fort
This fort is built over the confluence of three rivers which was once the strategic hold for Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Resting on the beautiful island of St Estevam, this fort is in ruins, nowadays and is surrounded by the lush greenery. Built around the 19th century, this place is in the abandoned condition and visited by many visitors after the village was connected with other parts of Goa.
Built-in 17th century, Alorna fort is also known as Halarn fort and is one of the oldest forts in Goa. It can be called one of the gems of North Goa which still hold its charm. The fort was built by Bhonsle’s of Sawantwadi to defend against the Maratha attacks, on the bank of river Chapora, 30 kilometres from the town of Mapusa.
This historic fort was built during the year 1681 and now stands as one of the ruins in Goa. Yet, it is considered to be a beautiful place to visit. This is an ideal place for the history and archaeological lovers to enjoy the beautiful sight of the surroundings and the ruins.
Forts in Goa hold rich history spanning hundreds of years. They serve a greater purpose of displaying the triumph of the Goan people, as they overthrew their Portuguese oppressors. You may or may not be history or archaeological lover, but these are the piece of art, which will always be the shining gems of Goa and are worth a visit, every time you set foot in Goa.
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