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    A bit of Hiking, History and... well, that's it.

    by JessH Updated Jan 7, 2007

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    Me striking a pose ;-) Fort Aguada, Goa
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    In between our "busy schedule" of tanning, swimming, dozing, sipping cocktails and feeding the street dogs we decided to spend one whole day sightseeing.
    So, armed with my VT-travel tips, a taxi driver, a camera and lots of water we set off towards one of Goa's must-sees: Fort Aguada.

    The fort was constructed in 1612 to guard against the Dutch and the Marathas. It is the largest and best-preserved Portuguese bastion in Goa.
    The walls are 5 metres high and 1.3 metres wide... perfect for walking along the top for a good view. Not surprising then that this remains to be the only fort that was not conquered by any invaders during the 450 year long rule of the Portuguese empire in Goa.
    It stands on the edge of a hill, overlooking the south of the Mandovi river & the lush greenery that we loved so much. A freshwater spring within the fort provided water supply to the ships that used to stop-by. This is how the fort got its name: Aguada = Water.
    The other unusual feature is a 4-storey Portuguese lighthouse, erected in 1864 and the oldest of its kind in Asia.

    Much of the site nowadays serves as a prison & is inaccessible, which made our visit a bit boring and therefore short. Also, as with any tourist-hot spot there's a small, slightly annoying gathering of street vendors on the road near the fort trying to sell snacks, pool & beach toys, postcards & plastic souvenirs.

    So after getting some great shots on the camera, we left after about 30 minutes & headed off to discover more Goan heritage.

    Even if you're not really interested in history, I'd still recommend taking 1/2 hour out of your day to visit the Fort. It wasn't too crowded, and sitting on one of the terraces overlooking the hills was worth the drive already :-)

    Opening Hours: Weekdays 10:00am - 05:30pm (check with tour operators or taxi drivers... timings may change)

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    Fort Aguada

    by tere1 Written Jun 20, 2007

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    You can't miss the For Aguada while visiting Goa. The Aguada fort is situated 18 Km from Panajim, Goa's capital, in the beach of Sinquerim.

    The fort was built by Portuguese in 1612 AD near Mandovi River. The idea behind the fort was to protect Goa against any enemy attack from sea. Currently at one end of the fort, the central jail of Goa has been made.

    Next to the Fort there are two of the best hotels in North Goa, the Taj Holiday Village and the Fort Aguada Hotel.

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    Fort Aguada

    by Donna_in_India Written Aug 7, 2011

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    View from Fort Aguada

    Fort Aguada was built by the Portuguese in 1612 to protect Goa from the Dutch and the Marathas. Although it does not compare to the forts of Rajasthan, it is a very well-preserved and interesting fort. Its name comes from the natrual springs within the fort that provided water to the fort and passing ships.

    The fort itself, sits high on a hill with great views across Agauda Bay/Mandovi River to Panaji on one side to views across the Arabian sea on the other. The walls are 5 metres high and 1.3 metres wide and you can walk along the top. Also on the fort is a 4-storey lighthouse, which you can climb to the top for great views of Sinquerim and Candolim beaches.

    I recommend getting there early in the morning because the sun beats down on the fort later in the day. Wear sunscreen and a hat, and bring plenty of water.

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    Fort Aguada Lighthouse(s)

    by Donna_in_India Written Aug 7, 2011

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    Fort Aguada Lighthouse

    Built around 1864 Fort Aguada Lighthouse is one of the first and oldest lighthouses built in Asia. Prior to this ships were guided by a bonfire lit on the hill behind the Immaculate Conception Church in Panaji.

    The lighthouse was in service for over 100 years when it was replaced by a square, more modern lighthouse. The newer lighthouse is the one visitors are able to climb using the spiral staircase inside. The views of the surrounding lush greenery and beautiful beaches are worth the climb.

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    Fort Aguada

    by grets Written Jul 4, 2004

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    One of the most touristy sites we came across on our travels, Fort Aguada was built in 1612 and was never taken by force!

    The guard started chatting to the two of us (we didn't speak the same language) and offered to take us down to the (normally out-of-bounds) underground chambers. Ensuring no-one was looking, he quickly unlocked the gate and led us down some fairly steep and rather dark stairs, locking the gate securly behind us. There wasn't a great deal to see down there, but we felt we were privileged to see something not every tourist ahd, and the guard earned a few rupees in backshees. (he probably takes ALL the tourists down there)

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    Portugese fort

    by clouds111 Updated Oct 12, 2007

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    Fort Aguada built in 1612 by the Portuguese at the mouth of the Mandovi River to protect Goa from the Dutch and the Marathas.

    It is worth a visit and is only a reasonable walk from Candolim along the beach. If however you want to walk up to the lighthouse this will take around 45 minutes or longer to walk to the top and in the blazing heat this can be quite a mission especially with only half a bottle of water!!! It would take about 5-10 mins in a cab from the bottom. There isn't that much going on up there apart from the lighthouse, water tank that once supplied the towns below with water and the old ramparts but you will get great views over Panjim and Aguada Jail. The walk will give you some great photo opportunities too so it was all worth it in the end.

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    Fort Aguada

    by ChuckG Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Fort Aguada

    Located right beside the Taj Aguada, it's quite impressive to see the fortifications of this Old Fort. There are other Fort to visit in along the coast also, check them out !

    Take a hike up the hill along the coast and enjoy the scenery

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    Fort Aguada

    by SirRichard Written Mar 26, 2003

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    A view from the fort

    This old portuguese fort stands on the beach south of Candolim, at the shore of the Mandovi river. Built in 1612, it was a reference point for the vessels coming from Europe at that times. And also a source of fresh water without having to go deep in the unknown forests.
    Nowadays is a prison, so it can’t be visited, but you can walk to the lighthouse and have a wonderful view of the north beaches from there…

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    Fort Aguada

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 19, 2009

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    Fort Aguada was built in 1612 and comprises of a lower fort with bastions all around at sea level and an upper fort on a high overlooking the sea. It was built to guard against the Dutch and the Marathas and was used as a reference point for vessels coming from Europe.

    A freshwater spring within the fort provided water supply to the ships that used to stop by. This is how the fort got its name: Aguada = Water. Crews of passing ships would often visit to replenish their fresh water stores. The spring used to fill a water tank within the fort that had a capacity of 2,376,000 gallons. On the fort stands a 4-storey Portuguese lighthouse, erected in 1864 and the oldest of its kind in Asia.

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    Beach at Fort Aguada in Goa

    by y2ketan2007 Updated Feb 8, 2013

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    Fort Aguada , Goa

    A visit to the beach at fort Aguada is a must for any visitor to Goa.And the best time to do so is at sunset.It is also a fine beach to swim in.The luxurious Fort aguada beach resort overlooks the beach.

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    Fort Aguada

    by georeiser Written May 22, 2010

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    Fort Aguada is located between Sinquerim Beach and River Mandovi. The fort was built by the Portuguese in the early 17th century to defend themselves against any foreign attack, and to control the entry of the River Mandovi.

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    photography and romantic heart-openers :-)

    by ramya4178 Written Aug 30, 2006
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    guys interested in photography and those who r planning to open their hearts to their loved ones ..this is the place to do all of those and more :-) ...romantic setting, sound of waves lashing against the coast, boats and ships and the huge river with its skyline ...old fort backdrop with stones and greenery ..it really steals your heart. People visiting goa just should not miss a visit to this place ...not as a crowd but with ur spl someone ...where you can sit and enjoy the view, laze around hand in hand and talk sweet nothings :-) ..check the place out ..it may be one of the few heartwarming places you can visit in your lifetime !! ..atleast it was mine ..

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  • Aguada Fort

    by srhussaini Updated Nov 28, 2003
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    Aguada Fort - was built by the Portuguese in 1609-1612, to control the entry into the river Mandovi and to protect Old Goa from potential enemy attacks.

    A spring within the fort provided water supply to the ships that called there. The fort presently houses the Central Aguada Jail.

    "Aguada" (meaning 'water' in Portuguese).

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    Freshwater Fort – The Unassailable Aguada Fort

    by anilpradhanshillong Updated Nov 28, 2013
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    Located about 18 kms from Panjim (old ‘Panaji’), Old Goa at the tip of the peninsula and almost on the Arabian Sea, there is a massive structure called Fort Aguada. 'Agua' in Portuguese means water; 'da' means a place where water is collected. Built during the period 1609-1612 on Sinquerim Beach, this Portuguese fort and its Lighthouse earlier served to guard Velha Goa (Old Goa) from the depredations of the Marathas and the Dutch.

    The dimensions of the fort are huge. It envelops the entire peninsula and hugs the mouth of the Mandovi river. The walls are 16 ft. (5 m) tall and 4 ft. (1.3 m) thick and it has a wide dry moat running around it. Not surprisingly, this fort was never captured by the enemies during the long 450 yrs’ long Portuguese rule.

    In earlier times, ships used to stop here to refill their stock of drinking water from the fresh-water spring within the fort. The capacity of the storage tank is a staggering 23,76,000 gallons.

    The lower part of the fort acted as a safe harbour for Portuguese ships while the upper part has placements along the walls for 79 cannons, an underground water storage chamber, a gunpowder room and a four-storeyed high lighthouse. At regular intervals along the inner walls, there are iron grills which suggest some secret passage. Of special interest are the scars on the stones of the battlements – a toll taken by the salty moisture-heavy winds and the long monsoon spells of the place.

    The lighthouse was built in 1864 and is 43 ft (13m) tall. It used to emit light from an oil lamp once every 7 minutes. Later, it was changed to emit light every 30 seconds before being abandoned in 1976. The gigantic bell of this lighthouse now adorns the Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church at Panjim.

    Interestingly, the lower portion of this fort happens to be the largest prison in Goa.

    Nearby is the church of St. Lawrence, the sailors’ saint. The location of the church so close to the fort was not only for religious purposes - it was meant to deter the enemy from bombarding the fort.

    There are no regular restaurants nearby. So, do pack your snacks and drinks before visiting Fort Aguada.

    Adjacent to the Fort is a newer lighthouse-cum-vantage viewpoint. You may like to pay a nominal fee to climb to the top for a delightful view of the Arabian Sea.

    The timings are: 8.30 am to 5.30 pm. Time your visit either early in the morning so you escape the crowd as well as the harsh sun or late evening so you get to see the fiery orb sink into the Arabian Sea. It’s a glorious sight - with or without a loved one!

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  • FORT AGUADA

    by Justin1973 Updated Mar 25, 2007

    Great Place to visit. Did the Dolphin trip they take you past the Prison below the fort - Looks very unpleasant....

    Posted a photo of the prisoners "humour?"

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