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The legend story of Chapora Fort begins with Adil Shah the ruler of Bijapur who had built a fort in the area where the Chapora Fort is presently located, before the arrival of the Portuguese in Goa. Later in the year 1717, the Portuguese had reconstructed the existing structure to safeguard their territories against the attack of the Marathas. Underground channels, which were used as an escape route in case of war, were also built inside the fort.
For more than 150 years, the Portuguese had successfully ruled over the Chapora Fort Goa. It was the Maratha ruler Sambhaji who managed to conquer the fort twice during the reign of the Portuguese. But, the Portuguese were successful in taking the control of the fort back each time. When the frontier of the colony expanded further north, the fort was abandoned in the year 1892.
It was popularly believed that the walls of the Chapora Fort were impossible to breach, but this belief was completely shattered by the great Maratha ruler Sambhaji and his men who took control of the fort effortlessly. The Portuguese generals guarding the bastions were stunned after witnessing the fall of their impenetrable fort. The Portuguese eventually surrendered the fort through respect, while admiring the Maratha army.
The Chapora Fort Goa is an architectural marvel, it is constructed wonderfully and has steep slopes on all sides. A proper view of all four sides is offered by the fort. The structure of the fort follows the outline of the higher slopes, which leads to the formation of an irregular outer wall which eventually adds defensive height to the fortification. The main gate of the Chapora Fort is very small but is narrow and deep.
- Water activities like jet skiing, Ringo rides, windsurfing, and parasailing can be enjoyed while visiting the Chapora Fort Goa.
- Chapora village is very famous for fishing, so try to catch some fish while visiting the fort.
- Chapora village also has a small market where you can buy lamps, spices, earthen pots, etc.
Tips for visiting
- Do not wear anything uncomfortable while visiting the fort. If you are planning to hike up to the hilltop then wear something comfortable.
- Keep some cash to pay the vendors who sell the refreshments.
- Try bringing your eatables, because the vendors charge very high even for a water bottle.
Best time to visit
The winter season is the best time to explore the Chapora Fort. November to January, these months are the best out of all others. Try visiting the fort in the late afternoon when the sun is not shining directly over your head. In the summer season, tourists get exhausted very early due to the unbearable heat and do not enjoy their visit.
- Chapora river view
- Llyod trip place
- Coconut hill view
- Vagator hill view
- Holy cross
- Sunset viewpoint
- Abhijeet's hideout
- Shiva’s face
- Adamo - The Bellus
- Keys Select Ronil Resort
- Nagoa Grande Resort and Spa
- Radisson Goa
Interesting Facts About Chapora Fort
- Portuguese built this fort to safeguard themselves against the attacks of the Dutch and the Marathas.
- The Chapora Fort Goa also has a secret underground tunnel that can be used to escape in case of war.
- This fort is also popular as Dil Chahta Hai Fort, after the 2001 Bollywood blockbuster movie ‘Dil Chahta Hai’.