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Chapora Fort

History

Situated at a distance of approximately 10 kilometres from Mapusa, Chapora Fort is a towering fort perched atop a rock hill that was constructed by the Portuguese in 1617. Constructed on the site of a former Muslim structure, Chapora Fort was built in red laterite in the village of Shahpura and was meant to be a border watch post.

Today, Chapora Fort lies in ruins and although one can see the entrances of two long winding tunnels, along with some Muslim tombstones, the main attractions of the fort are the stupendous views it offers of nearby Anjuna and Vagator Beaches.

It is believed that the Portuguese surrendered to the powerful Maratha ruler Sambhaji who captured Chapora Fort in 1684, however the locals were not pleased with this situation and hence Marathas were forced to withdraw their forces from the fort in 1717 and Portuguese took over it again and rebuilt the fort until they finally abandoned it 1892.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Chapora Fort in Mapusa is any time from October to April when the weather is quite pleasant, and the day time temperature stays below the 32 degrees C mark.

Trivia

Chapora Fort gained popularity among the tourist after watching the popular Bollywood movie Dil Chahta Hai, which was shot here.

Timing

There are no particular visiting hours to visit this fort, however early morning and evening are preferred as you are sure to get some great views during these hours.


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