November 28, 2012

Fort Aguada- The Watering Hole in Goa...!!


The most famous and prominent fort in Goa, the Aguada fort rests peacefully near the Sinquerim beach over looking the Arabian sea. The fort is huge with its ramparts well spread out enveloping a lot of land space. It is situated close to Candolim beach and mouth of Mandovi river. On to its right lies the beautiful Sinquerim beach with tall coconut trees in the background.

The fort walls as seen from outside

The fort walls

Entrance 

Built in AD 1612, this Portuguese fort had multiple purposes. It served as a chamber for storing fresh water and also was a guard against the Dutch and the Marathas. The storage helped the travelling ships to re-fill fresh water from the fort during their journeys.  The fort also gets its name due to the fresh water storing system. Aguada in Portuguese means 'water'. The fort also holds a mid 19th century lighthouse which is not in use anymore. The light house served as a reference point for the ships. Besides the lighthouse and the water storage chamber, the fort also boasts of well designed bastions, gun powder storage room and a small chapel. 

Inside of the fort

The light house and walls

One of the bastions

The light house

As you enter the fort a wide swathe of yellow-green grass invites you along with the mighty four-storey lighthouse. One can walk along the walls of this huge fort and take in the magnificent views that are on offer. The beaches in the distance, the swaying trees and boats out in the sea, all showcase beautiful vistas. It also has a circular bastion closer to the Sinquerim beach and Taj resort. The fort which was one of the most important ones of Portuguese rulers has been well preserved and maintained by the authorities.

Views from the fort

A circular bastion near Sinquerim beach


Signing Note- A Portuguese creation not to be missed in Goa...!!

Route- Panaji- Verem- Candolim- Fort Aguada
Distance- 15 Kms

32 comments:

  1. Good to see something different about goa....not just the beaches...nice clicks...thanks.

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    1. Thank you. Goa has a lot to offer than the beaches.

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  2. Nice post...Goa seems to brim with fun!

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  3. I too have been there! Lovely pictures, particularly the first one.

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  4. Nice Pictures. Loved reading the post.

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  5. I had heard of this fort. This sure needs a visit no I have seen it here.

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  6. nice place... your narration is also good... beautiful photos..

    thanks

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  7. Beautiful captures, love those breathtaking vistas!

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  8. Beautiful captures, but absolutely love the first one! brought back some wonderful memories of goa!

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  9. HI,
    You made me remind my last trip to AGUADA FORT with my buddies....thanks for sharing

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  10. Great captures from the place. I visited this loooong back, thanks for reviving my memories.

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  11. oh yea ..i have been there! it is wonderful! if i am not wrong, some parts of a movie, (i guess, dil chahta hai? ) was shot here..hai na?

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    1. Dil Chahtha Hai was shot on Chapora fort. Nice to see you here.

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  12. Aguada is a nice place indeed. All forts in Goa and Konkan come alive after rains. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Coastal areas blissful post the monsoons. Nice to see you here.

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