Chapora Fort located in Bardez, Goa, rises high above the Chapora River. Before the Portuguese arrived in Goa in 1510, this location was the site of another fort. The fort changed hands several times after Portuguese acquired Bardez.
The credit for the construction of the Chapora Fort is credited to Adil Shah of Bijapur. Constructed entirely of red laterite, the Chapora Fort is situated at a distance of approximately 22 kms from Panaji. The structure underwent a refurbishment in the hands of the Portuguese during the seventeenth century. The word Chapora is reminiscent of “Shahpura” or the “Town of the Shahs”. Chapora Fort was envisaged as a border watch post that was later forsaken by the Portuguese as they began to expand the borders of their empire farther North.
The Chapora Fort had been able to thwart the Maratha invaders a number of times. One of the remarkable features of the Chapora Fort is its underground tunnels that ensured a safe getaway in situations of emergency. Though at present the Chapora Fort is in a dilapidated state, yet the visitors can have a close look at the monumental ramparts and the Muslim tombstones. The Fort also enables the visitors to enjoy mesmerizing views of the Vagator Beach, one of the beaches of Goa.
How to Reach
- The best way to access Chapora Fort is from Mapusa. There are frequent buses to Chapora that leave from Mapusa. Occasional direct buses to Chapora ply from Panaji. The bus stop is in the vicinity of the crossroads of in the Chapora Village. Another alternative is to hire a motorcycle or a taxi from Mapusa.