Friday, January 21, 2011

View from CHAPORA FORT - Goa

The Chapora fort, 10 K.M from Mapusa was built by the Adil Shah of Bijapur on the southern headland of the Chapora River. The red-laterite bastion, crowning the rock bluff, was rebuilt by the Portuguese in 1617 on the same site. The Chapora Fort has another name - Shahpura, ('town of Shah'), was intended as a border watch post to see various Hindu raiders during the 17th century. It was finally deserted by the Portuguese in 1892, after the territory's frontiers had been forced further north. The Chapora Fort has a commanding view of the Vagator beach and is near to Anjuna beach.

It lies in ruins today, although the views up and down the coast from the weed-infested ramparts are still superb. One can still see the heads of the two tunnels that formerly provided supply routes for besieged defenders. Also can be seen a scattering of Muslim tomb stones on the smooth slopes of the hill. These tomb-stones are believed to be relics of the pre-colonial days. The main attractions here are the superb views from the bastion's ramparts, which look north to Morjim and Mandrem beaches, and south towards Anjuna.


Steffe said...

Some great views of Goa here. I met and photographed a Swedish couple last year and they were planning to move to Goa in early January.

Mary Ann said...

I like how you used the ruins to frame the view.

Leif Hagen said...

Looks like some sunny, warm weather and the lovely ocean! Here's it's snowy and minus 15 degrees Fahrenheit!

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