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About Fort Aguada

Fort Aguada built at the mouth of Mandovi River and overlooking the Arabian Sea is a seventeenth-century fort constructed by the Portuguese. This sprawling fort set above the Sinquerim Beach is a majestic structure and the largest fort of Goa. The fort walls stand at the height of 5 meters and are about1.3 meters wide. In the olden days, the fort center was protected by two hundred cannons and a deep dry moat. The moat can still be seen. Parts of the lower half of the fort are presently used as a prison house. The name of the fort comes from the word 'Agua' which in Portuguese means water. This is because this fort was a source of water supply for ships passing that area. Within its courtyard lies an enormous vaulted cistern which has a storage capacity of ten million liters, where fresh water used to be stored. Another key attraction of the fort is its lighthouse, which though no longer in use, you can get the chance to visit this lighthouse from the inside. This 13-meter high lighthouse was built in 1864 and is one of the oldest of its kind in Asia.

Pro Tip: Reach the fort shortly before 5.00pm so you can get a chance to see the lighthouse from the inside and also watch the sunset a little later.

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  • Best Time to Visit Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Facilities Food Stalls, Washrooms
  • Recommended Hours Min. 1 hour
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Couples, Family
  • Allowed Footwear, Camera, Video

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