Aguada Fort is one of the major attractions in Goa. This fort has a rich history. It was built during 17 Century and today also stands still narrating the glory of the past. This fort is amongst the protected monuments in Goa. This majestic fort is situated on the Sinquerim Beach. This fort has abandoned light house, underground water chamber, gunpowder room, bastions and escape passage as well. The underground potable water chambers once served the ships en route to Europe and vice versa. This fort offers an extensive view of Arabian Ocean. It is open all days of the week but evening time is the best time to see the splendid beauty of the vicinity.
Reis Magos Fort-
Another major attraction in Goa is the Reis Magos Fort situated in the town with same name as of the fort Reis Magos, on Northen bank of the Mandovi River, Bardez. This fort is built in 1551 and had change of hands several times. This fort had strategic importance but after the erection of Aguada Fort its’ importance reduced gradually. It was used as a prison till 1993 but abandoned after that. This fort too offers panoramic view of the vicinity. This fort has several cannons and artifacts that have witnessed the rich history. There is church as well inside the fort which is opened on certain occasions only.
Chapora fort is amongst one of the scenic places that offers spectacular view of the sunset. This fort became very popular after the release of the Bollywood film ‘Dil Chahta Hai.’ This fort is constructed using laterite soil by the then ruler Aadil Shah. The best time to visit this fort is in the evening. There are only ruins existing now on the fort but it is certainly a good spot for the selfie lovers.
Like other forts in Goa Terkhol fort too has a rich history. It was originally built by Maharaja Khem Sawant Bhonsle (Maharaja of Sawantwadi) in 17 Century but in the mid18th Century it was rebuilt by the Portuguese viceroy Dom Pedro Miguel de Almeida. The special attraction of this fort is the Chapel for the Holy Trinity that was constructed by Dom Pedro Miguel de Almeida. This fort too shows the majestic view of the Arabian Sea.
Corjuem Fort is actually a fortress built during early 18th century by Caetano de Melo de Castro to defend the Maratha aggression. This fort is situated on a river island of the same name. This is one of the protected monuments in India by archeological department. Corjuem fort gives good view of the surrounding land and river.
Mormugao Fort is one of the biggest forts in Goa. It is located just few kilometers from North of Vasco- de- Gama city. It covers the area of around 10km. This fort was constructed by King Dom Filip and Francisco De Gama in 17 Century to secure the port and harbor from Maratha attacks. This fort is a must visit place in Goa due to its wonderful architecture. It also has two fountains inside, which are still working. It has ample spots where scenic lovers can take pictures of panoramic view of the Arabian Sea.
Nanuz fort was built by the great king Shivaji in 17 Century later it was taken by Portuguese and now it has ruins only. Although it has just some ruins it still attracts many history lovers.
There are some other forts too like, ‘Cabo de Rama Fort’ and ‘Anjediva Fort’ in Goa but these forts have only ruins now. History lovers still visit these places so that they can turn the pages of the past and can learn about the glory of the bygone era. One must visit these forts to understand more history, culture and beauty of Goa.