Perched on the rocky flat topped promontory bordered by the River Mandovi and the Sinquerim and Candolim beaches on the sides, the Aguada Fort derives its name from the freshwater (agua) fountains that are incorporated within the confines the of the fort. Aguada Fort is not a stupendous structure but act as the major tourist draw. The construction of this fort can be traced back to 1612, but the fort is one of the best preserved monuments that bear testimony to the Portuguese stronghold in this part of India. A portion of the Aguada Fort is still in use as Goa's Central Jail. The construction of Aguada Fort was a prompted by the necessity of screening Goa against the Dutch and the Maratha invasion. The upper ramparts of the fort enable the visitors to enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. One of the major highlights of the Aguada Fort is a towering lighthouse that is still operational. The impregnability of the fort can be ascertained by the fact that it has remained unassailable for almost 450 years.
How to Reach
Aguada Fort is situated at a distance of about 18 kms from Panjim. You can access Fort Aguada either from Panjim or from Mapusa. You can expect a hassle-free transport to Fort Aguada as there are a number of transportation options that include the taxis, buses and the motorcycles.