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Sleeping in a Fort? Fort Aguada in Goa, India

October 26, 2015

Fort Aguada Goa

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You may have noticed that the hotel I stayed at in Goa had the name Fort Aguada in it and wondered why. I certainly did. There was a small rampart that stuck out from the hotel grounds and if you looked at the aerial shots of the hotel, it looked as though the hotel sat inside the fort grounds.

Fort Aguada Goa

After I arrived, I realized that this was not the main Fort Aguada in Goa. The larger fort was about 3 kilometers up the road from the hotel. The rampart sitting outside the hotel was the “lower” fort. Fort Aguada Goa in Goa was built in 1613 by the Portuguese. It has a natural spring inside the fort and this is how it got its name, as Aguada means water in Portuguese.

Fort Aguada Goa

Why should you visit you ask?

  1. It’s Free! – It costs nothing to enter the site. You will have to pay a taxi to get you there, but otherwise it costs nothing to see Fort Aguada in Goa.
  2. The View – The views of the Arabian Sea from the hilltop Fort Aguada is located are on are amazing and you can see why they choose this location.
  3. There is a Lighthouse – I love lighthouses, but it is something I think of as being a North American and European thing, not an Indian thing. It was built after the fort in 1864. So think about that for a minute, the U.S. was fighting a civil war and Charing Cross Station opened in London during 1864.
  4. A Prison – While doing some post-visit research, I found out there is now a prison on site fashioned out of the fort jail. Now I am kicking myself that I didn’t do more research on this before going because I totally missed it!

Fort Aguada Goa

Fort Aguada Goa

Fort Aguada Goa

Have you ever been to a cool fort? Tell us where in the comments!

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  • Reply Becky @ Disney in your Day October 26, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    This looks so cool! I don’t know that I’ve ever been to something quite like this. I did visit Fort Hamilton when we took our cruise to Bermuda.

    • Reply Tiffany October 26, 2015 at 7:49 pm

      It was pretty amazing to see such a fort in India. It’s the last place I expected to see one!

  • Reply Gil Sousa November 3, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    A fort? Not yet! But I already spend overnight in a monastery in the middle of the mountains in Japan, and that was a hell of an experience! It’s an once in a life time experience, those kind of experience that I don’t want to think how much I’ll end up spending.

    • Reply Tiffany November 3, 2015 at 9:01 pm

      That sounds like a great experience. Yes, the fort was expensive but worth it!

  • Reply Megan November 3, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    The only fort I’ve been to was the one in Sacramento where the Donner Party was headed. This sounds super cool though! Love historical sites, my mom was a history teacher so I’m a big nerd for that stuff.

    • Reply Tiffany November 3, 2015 at 10:53 pm

      Oh that sounds cool! Love history stuff. It’s a large part of my motivation to travel!

  • Reply Caitlin Jean November 5, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Absolutely love South Africa’s two most popular forts.
    The Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town and Old Fort prison at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg.

    Also Fort Schanskop in Pretoria host “Park Acoustics” which is a monthly outdoor live music festival. Great setting for fun in the afternoon sun.

    • Reply Tiffany November 5, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      That sounds like fun! Always love outdoor live music and sunsets!

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  • Reply Fancy August 24, 2017 at 2:23 am

    We have haves nearby fort made into a restaurant now. I have been a few times!

    • Reply Tiffany August 24, 2017 at 2:54 am

      Isn’t it fun! A great way to experience history.

  • Reply arv August 24, 2017 at 6:12 am

    Fort Aguada is a wonderful place to stay. I loved watching sunset from this bastion which was jutting out in sea. did you notice that?

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