Chapora Fort

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Those who have a knack for history and love to explore historically rich places will simply love Chapora Fort, Goa. This place is not just all about the glorious past, as some of the blockbuster  Bollywood movies also have been shot here. One such example is Dil Chahta Hai which was critically loved for its phenomenal storyline and performances by the actors. And obviously, the scenic backdrops of Goa and yes Chapora Fort too also had a vital part in the visuals. 

Located by the Chapora River, this fort is a wonderful travel spot with some really amazing natural spectacles to witness. Although it is in ruins now, the scenic views which one can see here are really worth spending the time with your family and friends alike.

The months from November to March are quite pleasant in Goa, hence you should visit the Chapora Fort during this time only. It is also to be noted that entry to the fort is free. The summer season comes with very hot weather; the temperature here can reach up to 40 degrees, thus it may not be suitable for many tourists, especially foreign nationals to travel during this time. The monsoons are also not exactly the season to explore Goa, as this place is majorly associated with beaches, and balmy sunshine, thus planning a trip to Goa during the monsoon may disappoint you. 

History of Chapora Fort 

This fort was built in the 18th century and is situated at a distance of around 10km from Mapusa. It is also known by the name Shahpura which literally means the town of the Shahs. Throughout history, this fort has seen various rulers come and go. Once, while trying to end the Portuguese rule in Goa, Prince Akbar also had joined hands with Maratha warriors who were practically his enemies, to conquer this place and successfully made this place his basecamp. 

And across the Chapora river, the Hindu ruler of the Pernem, who was one of the sworn enemies of the Portuguese, successfully held the fort for two years after it fell to the hands of Marathas in 1719. Seeing this, the Portuguese, made significant repairs to the fort by adding many features bastions, and tunnels. All these efforts had only one objective; to strengthen the grip of Portuguese rule here. By 1741, they were able to regain the fort in full control.

Major Attractions in and Around Chapora Fort

1. Chapora River

The Chapora river originates at Ramghat and enters Goa, flowing into the Arabian sea. It is a great place to click some really cool snapshots with your loved ones. And when the evening winds are blowing here, the sight of the river is just simply terrific. 

2. Shahpura

The word Shahpura translates into Town of the Shahs. This place is an old site where the visitors come to explore this ancient monument. Alongside this, there are a few Muslim tombstones here as well.

3. Vagator Beach

Located on the opposite bank of the Chapora river, this beach was quite famous amid the hippies once upon a time. The overall surroundings here are very neat and clean. It is a peaceful place to enjoy some really good company.

4. Chapora Beach

Chapora beach is one of the most beautiful beaches situated in Goa. Here you get every chance to explore the natural beauty of the vast picturesque views of nature. It is about 10 km away from Mapusa featuring groves of coconut palms. The white sands of this beach are its highlighting feature. Even a simple casual walk at this beach feels like total bliss. 

How to Reach Chapora Fort

The Chapora fort is situated in a place called Bardez in the state of Goa. Located beside the Chopta river, the Fort is a great tourist spot. From the top of the Fort, you can have a great view to the north across the Chapora river, to the south over Vagator, and in the far west, you can see the endless Arabian sea. Today, the Fort has almost turned into debris. Earlier, there used to be a church inside the fort. The fort has steep slopes around it. The area also has irregular outer walls as it is built following the irregular outline of higher slopes. The main gate of the fort is too small. Still, few canons are present there. The average distance of Chapora fort from big cities like Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, and Delhi are respectively 2150 km, 627 km, 974 km, 559 km, and 1957 km. 

By Air

The nearest airport is Dabolim Airport in Goa. Kochi is one of the major cities in western India. Undoubtedly Goa is connected with other cities. It is 31 miles away from the beach.

  • From Kolkata. You can take flights from Netaji Shubash Chandra Bose International airport to reach Goa. Flights from Indigo, Air Asia, Spicejet are there. It usually takes 5 to 6 hours to reach Goa from Kolkata. Price 4500 to 6000 INR per person.
  • From Delhi. Flights usually take 2 hours and 40 minutes to reach Goa from Delhi. Price Range 4000 to 5000 INR per person.
  • From Mumbai. There are several flights from Mumbai to Goa. It usually takes 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes to reach Bhubaneswar from Mumbai. Price Range 1800-2100 INR per person.
  • From Chennai. You can avail flight from Chennai to reach Goa, and it will take 2477 Indian rupees per person. The duration of the flight will be 1 hour 30 minutes.
  • From Bengaluru. Most of the reputed airlines offer flights from Bangalore to Goa at an affordable price range between 1800 and 2800 INR. The duration of the journey is around one and a half hours. 

By Train

Goa is very well-connected with other cities in India using rail routes. You can board trains from junctions like Howrah, New Delhi, Bandra Terminus, Chennai central, etc. situated in the metro cities of India to reach Goa. Vasco da Gama railway station is the nearest railway station, which is 29 kilometers away from the beach. 

By Road

As previously mentioned, Goa is one of the most touristy states in Western India. You can take a bus from Mumbai to Goa. It will take on and around 12 hours to reach Goa by bus. Apart from state buses, there are private buses as well. You can also use private car services. Even it is not impossible to take a road trip to Goa from other parts of India as well. 

  • From Dandeli. 148 km via NH748
  • From Hubli. 210 km via NH48 or SH130
  • From Sirsi. 222 km via NH66 

You can plan your trip and create your own route to the city with Adotrip’s technically driven circuit planner. Click here.

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