There are two ways to get to Fort Aguada. The first one is rather eccentric though: you will need to break Goan law and get prison sentence. No jokes — really: in the dun, rgeons of the ancient fortress there is a prison and it is said that western tourists, convicted for drug sale in Goa are among its prisoners.
The second variant is an ordinary one: you just will just need to go there as a usual tourist, who tries to combine his holiday on Goa with guided tour. You will get an opportunity to enjoy the amazing beauty of the Indian Ocean, mouth of the river Mandovi and Goan coast, along with exploration of all sights of the huge fortress. You can also try to discover some of its mysteries.
Fort Aguada is a magnificent defensive construction of the 17 th century. This is a monument to Portuguese military construction and Goan history. The Fortress is situated on the vast territory on a cape, a little bit south from Candolim beach resort. It got its name (“aguada” which means “water” in Portuguese) because of having a huge water storage, which provided passing ships with water.
Today’s state of the fort emphasized its former greatness. Relics of the main building, walls, church and the unique four-storied beacon — the most ancient in India, which worked till 1975, still remained.
Modern times and development of tourism also affected the ancient fortress. In its suburbs there is hotel complex Fort Aguada Beach Resort. There is also helicopter pad, which is said to cater awesome parties.
Fort Aguada is open for visitors from 10 am till 6 pm. The road that leads to it is the main street of Candolim; in Sinquerim it turns left. You can also get there by walking if you go from the Sinquerim beach, but it will cost you too much effort. You can also take a bus from Candolim – the ticket will cost you only 5 rupees. Touristic agencies offer guided tours.