Fort Aguada Overview

Ranked 1 of 9 sightseeing in Aguada Beach

Fort Aguada was constructed by the Portuguese in the early 16th century. Built with an aim to prevent Goa from the attacks of the conquerors, the fort was bounded by huge walls from every corner. Apart from this, the threat of enemies entering via River Mandovi, played a vital role in securing the fort on all sides.

Owing to its beautiful architecture and surrounding beauty, the fort attracts thousands of visitors every year. From the top of the fort, a view of adjoining beaches situated on the borderline of the state of Maharashtra is available.

The fort also houses a citadel, which possess an orbicular lighthouse tower, constructed in the year 1864. Cabo Raj Niwas can be observed from the top of the lighthouse.

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Fort Aguada

Abhishek Singh
19th Sep 18

Nice view of sea

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Fort Aguada

Mohit Agarwal
26th Jan 17

Fort Aguada - Opens at 10 am and closes at 5

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20th Nov 17

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Bhaskar Baroi

Bhaskar Baroi3.6/5

6 reviews

A nice attraction

Once can go around the perimeter of the fort or from Vivanta take a trek along the fort. There really isn't much apart from the good breeze and view of the beach if you go in the evenings post 5 pm in April.

Jigar Dave

Jigar Dave3.9/5

52 reviews

Nice Fort

This fort was built in British Era India. The fort today is very less taken care of. This site is very popular among the foreign tourists. The place is located next to Arabian Sea. The sea route was the only route to an access from outside India.

Vijaykumar Angadi

Vijaykumar Angadi3.9/5

15 reviews

Must visit for Bollywood movie followers

Very near to Taj Hotel. This is a must visit attraction for all the people who watch bollywood movies. Many movies have been shot here. Avoid visiting this place at late nights with family because it is usually crowded with many drunk bachelor's let nights.

Rizwanuddin Rafiq

Rizwanuddin Rafiq5.0/5

3023 reviews

Deep and wide moat around the fort was another security cordon

Fort Aguada was the most important and crucial fort of Portuguese which is situated about 4 Km from Candolim, at south western tip of Bardez North Goa. The upper fort is so large that it has covered the entire land surrounded by the Sea. Built in 1612 on the mouth of river Mandovi, it was strategically located and was the chief defence of Portuguese against the Dutch and Marathas. At upper fort a deep and wide moat around the fort was built, which was kept filled with water, it was another a security cordon, for the important fort. Still remains, Certify the security cordon around the upper fort and it was once the grandstand of 79 cannons. Due to its fresh water spring this fort was supplying the freshwater to the ships which were stopping there and while the lower part served as a safe berth for Portuguese ships. It was having large water storage tank, secret escape, gun powder room etc at upper fort and now all these areas are restricted. One can see the bastion of the moat and four storeyed light house which was in use till 1976, at the main upper fort and the lower part's ramparts.From the Upper fort magnificent and panoramic views of the Blue Sapphire Arabian Sea and river Mandovi's merger, Panji's view, if one use the Binocular may reach to the Cabo Rajbavan's hill, the beaches Sinquerim and Aguada, though it is bit tiresome to have a round from out side of the fort, to visualize the importance, have water and comfortable footwear along camera if possible a binocular, to make this visit pleasant and memorable.

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  • Deep and wide moat around the fort was another security cordon
  • Deep and wide moat around the fort was another security cordon
  • Deep and wide moat around the fort was another security cordon
  • Deep and wide moat around the fort was another security cordon

Sandeep Patel

Sandeep Patel3.6/5

16 reviews

Mind blowingly unique Fort near Candolim Beach

This is located near Candolim Beach. This fort is uniquely beautiful. On one side of the fort there is sea view which is exceptionally nice. Also there is lighthouse, from where we can feel the exciting Goa.
  • Mind blowingly unique Fort near Candolim Beach

Jackie Kapadia

Jackie Kapadia1.4/5

36 reviews

Nothing special about the Fort

Not so good Fort. If you wanted to see Fort go to Rajasthan this place is very small and it's ok. Don't waste much time here 1hr is also enough. Outside has many good shops get trendy hat and stall slaff glares anything at 100 Rs.

Rizwanuddin Rafiq

Rizwanuddin Rafiq5.0/5

3023 reviews

Served as a reference point for the ships

It was initially tasked with defence of shipping and the nearby Bardez sub district. It also served as a reference point for the ships coming from Europe at that time. Fort Aguada, 4 Km west of Reis Magos and South of Candolim and on the bank of Mandovi River, was built in 1612 by Portuguese as a defence against the Marathas and the Dutch. It's Church is dedicated to St. Lawrence, the patron saint of of sailors, was built in 1630, while the huge lighthouse dates to 1864. It has two parts Upper Fort and Lower Fort. Its natural water stream and spring has given the name, as ships were supplied this drinking water, so it was having large water storage tanks almost a capacity of 23, 76, 000 gallons of water. On the fort stands a four-storey Portuguese Lighthouse, erected in 1864 and the oldest of its kind in Asia. Some of its buildings were used as state prison during the Salazar Administration, within the fort. From fort one may find very beautiful and magnificent view of the Arabian Sea and the beaches in close vicinity. Many prestigious Hotels like Vivanta of Taj Group are also situated at this location.

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  • Served as a reference point for the ships
  • Served as a reference point for the ships
  • Served as a reference point for the ships
  • Served as a reference point for the ships



2 reviews

Great and also a good place to visit with family

I had visited in the afternoon. Had clear sky and the scenery was beautiful. It was a good place to visit with family. Took lots of pics and enjoyed ourselves.

Anil Kumar

Anil Kumar5.0/5

3 reviews

Gorgeous view of Fort

My family feels pleasure after visiting this site, it looks amazing. The view of this place looks like it is gifted by nature. When my family reached this place then one word comes from mouth.... WOWWWwwwww.

Prasanna S

Prasanna S4.3/5

2 reviews

Little hard to travel but good

It was a little hard travel from our summer guest house. If you are planning to go by car please make sure your fuel is full and no problem for petrol as you will get petrol in almost all shops. Two wheeler is the best transport to travel in Goa. Traffic was heavy in Aguada Fort, so plan accordingly.

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Fort Aguada, Agonda

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Fort Aguada, Aguada Beach

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Fort Aguada near the Candolim Beach

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