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Chapora Fort - Best Goan Beach Fort

Ruins of Chapora Fort, Goa
Ruins of Chapora Fort, Goa
Built by the Adil Shah of Bijapur on the southern headland of the Chapora River, the Chapora Fort was also known as "Shahpur" and now it is mostly ruined. This 390 year old red laterite stronghold is located 24-km from Panaji and is just 10-minute drive from Vagator Beach offering tourists excellent views of Vagator and Anjuna beaches on one side and Morjim beach on the other.


The Chapora Fort is a must visit for in Goa as one can see some of the best examples of Portuguese architecture in the fort. The fort was rebuilt entirely on the site of an earlier Muslim structure by the Portuguese in the year 1617. The Portuguese had lost control over the fort to the Maratha army under Prince Sambhaji in 1684. Here is the time of Chapora Fort of Goa which exactly explains how it went to different hands from time to time.

Chapora Fort Timeline:

  • Build by Adil Shah of Bijapur in early 17th century
  • Portuguese 1617-1684
  • Marathas 1684-1717
  • Portuguese 1717-1739
  • Marathas 1739-1741
  • Portuguese 1741-1892

In the year 1741 until the Portuguese deserted it in 1892, they continued ruling over Chapora Fort for more than 150 years.


Many tourist who came to the beaches around, visited the Chapora Fort, just to feel that mystical air and view the sea from the ramparts of the fort. The fort, mostly in ruins now is a major tourist attraction of Goa, as one can freak out at many places around the fort. There are many beach shanks around the fort like restaurants, cafes and also some commercial establishments, helping tourists at the best.  The popular Anjuna beach is just round the corner from the fort, where one can spend the whole day. There are many Old Portuguese style mansions built in the colonial era at Vagator nearby, which are places worth visiting.