A fort all time protects the inhabitants inside the castle and gives a comfortable life of all of them from the enemies. Chapora Fort, also known as Shahapura, was constructed by Adil Shah, Sultan of Bijapur on the bank of Chapora River. Now, it is located about 26 km away from Panaji and just 9 km from Mapusa in Goa North District. Though there is nothing but debris and ruins of the imposing fort left to be seen, yet an air of history lingers in the air. You can almost feel the clash of swords and hear the echoes of the canon shots being fired from those bygone eras.
During the time of Portuguese, the fort was reconstructed in 1617 AD to protect possible attack from the Marathas. Despite of their best efforts they failed and captured by the Maratha ruler, Sambhaji in 1684 AD. After few years in 1717 the Portuguese rescued the fort. Thereafter in 1739 it was recaptured by Marathas, but in 1741 the Portuguese took re-control of the fort and they were successful to keep the control of the fort till 1892. Now, the fort is mostly in ruins and few walls are standing as proof of the fort history.
Travel by Airway: Goa International Airport of Dabolim would be the destination if you want to visit Goa by Airway. This airport is connected with a good road network. After reaching this airport you easily can arrive at Chapora Fort and Beach via Mapusa.
Travel by Railway: Nearest railway station of Chapora Fort is located at Thivim about 20 kilometers away. Thivim railway station is well connected with other major railway stations of Goa and its neighboring state. After reaching the station you can hire a car to reach the fort.
Travel by Roadway: Nearest bus station of Chapora Fort and Beach is located at Mapusa about 10 kilometers away. Mapusa is well-connected to the major cities of Goa and other states.
|Location||Sinquerim, Goa-403519, North Goa District|
|Nearest City||Mapusa 9 km and Panaji 26 km|
|Best time to visit||Winter (Mid-November to February)|
|Hotel, Restaurants and resorts||Hotel Satyaheera
Hotel Green Park
|Attraction||A scenic view of Arabian Sea from the top on the ruined walls of the fort Chapora is a wonderful attraction. You will also find some lovely beaches at Morgim, Mandarem beaches, and Anjuna where you can spend your whole day. The Vagator Beach also located nearby; is yet another famous tourist destination in Goa.|