November 23, 2012

Fort Chapora...!!



A ten minute ride from Vagator beach and I am staring at the hill and the trek path to reach the Chapora fort. The trek is tough not due to the steepness but because of the gravel which forms the path. It makes it slippery and is tough to get a footing. As I near the fort entrance, the landscape behind has turned into a magnificent green. With the foliage spreading itself the vistas are breathtakingly beautiful. Just before entering the fort one can see the Vagator beach way below on the left and Chapora river joining the Arabian sea onto the right. Brilliant views!

The path and the fort atop

Green landscape from near the entrance

Vagator beach

Chapora river

The present fort was built in 1717 AD over the then existing fort. The fort had been possessed by various dynasties including the Mughals, The Marathas and finally the Portuguese. It was once the northern most point of Goa and hence was used as a military outpost. Situated on a highland with expansive views, the fort was the ideal place to lookout for the attacking enemies. The fort gained prominence on the tourist map after the Hindi movie 'Dil Chahtha Hai' was shot here.

Enter the fort and all that I can see is a  spread out field, with less than knee high green grasses in some places and red gravel all over. It is a wide swathe of openness inside the fort with small rocks jutting out in some corners of the uneven land. The fort walls and the entrance door shows symptoms of dilapidation but has somehow been kept intact. It looks like a huge playground with so much of vastness. Visitors seem to be keen on the vistas from the fort walls and happily climb them to get better views. 

Fort entrance

Inside the fort

Another inner view of the fort

Not to be left behind, I too rush to the fort walls to have a glimpse of the green slopes sliding down to the shores below. The rays of the blazing sun on the calm tides has made the sea gorgeous. The reflection of the sun has given it a tinge of orange hue. Vagator beach seems quiet with very less visitors. The aerial view of the beach is gorgeous with protruding rocks and swaying coconut trees forming the background.

Aerial view of Vagator beach from the fort

Walls of the fort

I languorously move forward along the fort walls capturing the brilliant vistas of the green slopes and then the Chapora river disgorging itself into the Arabian sea. The view of the mouth of the river is a photographer's delight. With the Morjim beach forming the background in the distance, the frame is definitely a very scenic one. There are a couple of exit doors along the walls. I get through one and I am on the beautiful green slopes bringing me closer to the sea. The sun has further slanted and the landscape has turned a touch dark.

Mouth of River Chapora with Morjim beach in the background

Green slopes 


An exit door
  
Fort walls

Even though am in a hurry to reach Vagator beach before the sun calls it a day, I spend a considerable amount of time on the fort taking in the picturesque views. It definitely is one mesmerising sight to witness the setting sun over the Arabian sea from the Chapora fort. I leave the fort with memorable vistas floating in my mind and in my camera.


Signing Note- One of the best places to witness sunset in Goa...!!

Route- Easily reachable and close to main hubs like Calangute, Baga, Anjuna.

Distance- 2 Kms from Vagator beach.

50 comments:

  1. You have made me curious. Hope to visit soon.

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  2. Lovely pictures though I have missed out on this one.

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  3. Wonderful shots of the place. It is now in my wish list.

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  4. Beautiful pictures Niranjan! I think I had been to this fort long ago though I don't remember the name. It is adjacent to Sterling Resorts on Vagatar beach right?

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    1. Thanks Kusum. Am not sue about Sterling resorts location, but it is very close to Vagator beach.

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  5. There is so much I still have to see in goa.. hope i can go there again soon!

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    1. :). Head there soon. There are lots besides the beaches and churches.

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  6. Would like to go there again... Lovely picture and interesting write up....

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  7. Nice pics.
    http://rashmisreedharan.blogspot.in/

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  8. Good one,, been to Goa so many times but never to this one....

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    1. Thanks. The place is definitely worth a visit.

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  9. Nice post... Goa has many hidden places like forts and beautiful temples... All the deities of Konkans are in Goa and also places like Tamdi Sulla, Aguada fort makes Goa more tourist centric apart from beaches

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    1. Thank you. Very much second your thoughts.

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  10. Nice attempt to reveal the other side of Goa....

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  11. Glad that you did a piece on Chapora fort... Its one of my fav destinations.... One more point that many dont know about it is, its the same fort that "Dil Chahata hai" was shot on... The famous wall sitting scene... :)

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  12. In my recent visit to Goa I couldn't cover this one.thanks a ton for sharing real time pics so now I can add this in my list for next Go...Goa.

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    1. Glad to know you liked it. Head there soon.

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  13. Beautiful place!!

    It is a pity that I did not visit this place during my earlier trips to Goa.

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    1. Definitely worth a visit. Head there next time.

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  14. nice view and looks like a very cool place :)

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  15. Stunning views and photographs. Great work, Niran!

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  16. beautifully narrated and excellent photos

    thanks for sharing

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  17. Beautiful pictures and narration! The view of the setting sun is indeed gorgeous!

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  18. Nirajan nice coverage of the historic Chapora Fortress. I believe it is one lovely landscape more than monument.

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    1. Thank you. Yeah, the landscape definitely outshines the monument.

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  19. Wonderful shots! I loved the sunset pic....especially!

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  20. I was there a couple of months back, and looking at these photographs, I feel like just going back, man! Nice pics, Niranjan!

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    1. Thanks a lot Neeraj. Glad that you liked them.

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  21. What a scenic place. I haven't visited here :(. I remember the wall in Dil Chahta Hai. :)
    Hey Niranjan, there's a broken-down wall like that in Gopalswamy Betta. (been there, yet?) You don't get to see sea there but there are some rolling hills to sit and stare it.

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    1. It is a beautiful place with some exceptional vistas.
      Am all smiling when you mentioned about Gopalswami betta. :):):). Was there 3 days back staring at those beautiful rolling hills and taking in the fresh cool breeze. Splendid views!! Dint see a broken down wall there. The place is usually covered up in mist most of the time.

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  22. So Goa made a great impression on you = you have presented so many stories and photos from your visit.

    Keep up the good work.

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    1. Thank you. Yeah, Goa was pretty impressive. Would love to head there again.

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  23. I always thought Vagator didnot get the importance it deserved. I mean even Anjuna is a rocky beach. But vagator has much less crowd. I would like to spend more time at Vagator.
    The others are Susegad sure! but way too crowded for me. You might also agree :)

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    1. Absolutely. :). Probably Vagator got lost in Anjuna's flamboyance.

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