Goa Forts

Goa being a Coastal state has a healthy number of Forts that served the Maritime Security by various rulers of different dynasties. The coastal forts of Goa are mainly built by the prime and common material of Red Laterite stones that are easily available in the many Stone Quarries of Goa.
The coastal belt of Goa has a continuous unbroken shoreline of around 105 plus kms. All of the western land of Goa is touched or kissed by the waves of the Arabian Sea.

Tourists and Goan Forts

For tourists visiting Goa, the few remaining forts in ruins have not much historical value, but they have a high romantic value and a higher Bollywood appeal. The famous Hindi movie, “DilChahta Hai”, meaning “My Heart Desires” introduced the wonders of Chapora Fort at Vagator to many Indians. Very scenic and romantic location as the Chapora fort is covered by Sea on two sides and by a River on one side.

Few Forts but Fabulous Locations 

Most of the forts of Goa are along the Arabian Sea Coast, so always perched high up on a hill, commanding an undisturbed view of the territory of Goa. From the top of Goan forts one can get a bird’s eye view of beaches adjacent to the fort. The forts in Goa are mostly in ruins and under the able care of ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) a premier government body involved in the care taking and sometimes renovation of the ancient historical structures.

Popular Forts of Goa

The best and most famous fort of Goa is the Aguada Fort. Within its area also lies the Aguada Lighthouse. Not to be missed and open to be climbed by hundreds of steps during day office hours. 360 % degrees of Panoramic Views of Goa. The fort made famous by Aamir Khan’s Bollywood movie, DilChahta Hai is the Chapora Fort. Another not to be missed fort, to take amazing clicks of moments at a picturesque fort. Goa has a port fort that is the Mormugao Fort. The most preserved and populated fort as a 5 Star hotel is the Tiracol Fort. Under Private Hotel Management this is one exclusive place to stay and spend some exotic nights on the fort beach. A certain area of the Tiracol Fort is left open and accessible to the local public and tourists of Goa free of any charge. Cabo de Rama Fort lies in the extreme south of Goa. This is fort wonderful for hiking and trekking. Only the boundaries of the Cabo de Rama fort are visible now. Though in ruins, this fort is still in excellent condition. Recently renovated and refurbished fort that has seen the excellent work of ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) is the Reis Magos Fort. Absolutely a must see.

Other Forts of Goa

Cabo Raj Bhavan Fort (Now the Governors House in Goa)

Nanuz Fort

Corjuem Fort

Rachol Fort

Aldona Fort