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Chapora Fort, Goa: The Splendid Location of Famous “Dil Chahta Hai”

Chapora Fort in Goa is one of the most popular sightseeing spots in Goa. A large number of people visit this fort every day. Dil Chahta Hai (a popular Bollywood movie) was shot on this fort.

Location Address: Along Chapora River estuary, 10 kms from Mapusa City, North Goa, India.

Chapora Fort Goa Information

It is one of the famous forts in Goa. Fort is situated at Barzed Taluka in North Goa. It is at a distance of 10 kms from Mapusa and 22 kms from Panaji city. It is a 500 years old fort which was built by Bijapur Rulers & later improved by Portuguese rulers of Goa. Bijapur’s sultan Adil Shah built this fort on the southern headland of the Chapora River.

It is also known as “Shahpur Fort“. Apart from beaches in north Goa, Chapora fort in Goa t is also very famous among tourists. Today most part of the fort is in ruins but offers breath-taking views of the Arabian Sea, Chapora River, Anjuna and Vagator beaches. Apart from the popular beaches in North Goa, this is the spot that you should definitely have on your list!

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Views from the fort!

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History of The Fort

In 1684, the Portuguese army surrendered to the Sambhaji Maharaj’s Maratha army. But the local people were not happy with this and had many conflicts with Maratha rulers. In 1717, the Marathas withdrew their force. So Portuguese again took over again and reconstructed the Chapora fort in Goa. The newly built fort had some good features. The reconstructed fort was provided with underground tunnels for escape in case of an emergency. The position of each bastion was perfect for operating cannons on fort’s irregular shape.  

The fort was constructed to strengthen the security of this region. Various enemies like Marathas from the east region, Bahamani kings from the north region and some local chieftains was looking forward to gaining the control of Chapora fort in Goa. The fort was entirely deserted by the Portuguese in 1892.

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View of Vagator beach through fortifications!


Architecture of Chapora fort

The red laterite bastion of fort was built by the Portuguese in 1617 in addition to earlier structure. Fort has sharp slopes on all sides and irregular boundaries. This big fort has small & narrow main gate. It is covered by sea on 2 sides and river on the other side. You can see massive ramparts and scattered Muslim tombstones that are still left in this fort.

Heads of the two tunnels are still there which were used to provide the supply routes for the besieged defenders. Due to a higher elevation, the position of the Chapora fort in Goa was defensive and it was not easy to capture.

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Projected hill in front of the fort!

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Dil Chahta Hai

Some scenes of the movie “DIL CHAHTA HAI” were shot on the Chapora fort Goa due to its scenic surrounding. Though there is not much to see inside the fort, surrounding nature offers adorable beauty. You can also get stunning views of sunsets from the top of this fort!!

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The ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ Spot!



Best Time To Visit

The fort is open all year round for the tourists. Try to visit this fort in the morning or during sunset as the environment is quite hot all day.

Timings: Daily 09:00 am to 05:30 am.

Time Required: 1 Hour is well enough to see Chapora fort premises. If you are planning for sunset views, then visit from 5 to 7.

Entry Fee: Entry fee is not taken to see this monument. The fort remains open to everyone without any charges.

How To Reach Chapora Fort Goa

There is a regular bus service from Mapusa to Anjuna and Vagator with the stopover near the fort. Otherwise, the option of hiring cars, taxies or rental bikes is always open to you in Goa. If you are going by bike then right turn just 2kms before the Vagator beach. Then a small road leads to the base of the fort hill. If you want some adventure then you can also reach here by climbing the hill from Vagator beach!!

  • Nearest Railway Station: Thivim is the nearest railway station to reach this fort. The distance between the fort and railway station is 19 kms.
  • Nearest Airport: Dabolim is the closest airport to reach this fort. Airport is situated 44 kms from the Fort.

Eating Stuff: There are no eateries nearby the fort so it is advisable to carry your own food and sufficient water with you. Otherwise, you can have food at your staying place & then head towards the fort.

Accommodation: You can stay in Mapusa city or nearby Chapora beach. You will get guesthouses and comfortable rooms nearby chapora at reasonable prices. But there are limited options in Chapora for accommodation so you can alternately find many hotels nearby Calangute beach and Baga beach.

Nearby Attractions: 

  • Chapora Beach
  • Vagator Beach
  • Anjuna Beach
  • Calangute Beach (5 km)

Map To Reach Chapora Fort Goa:

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