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Mormugao Fort near Mormugao Harbor

Fort Aguada Goa Exhibiting a rich historical legacy, Goa is renowned for housing some of the best historical monuments especially forts. One such fort is the Mormugao Fort located near the Mormugao harbor. Dating back to 1624, this majestic fort covering an area of six miles was built to safeguard the harbor near Vasco da Gama town.
Once an important coastal fort of Goa, the Mormugao Fort today stands as one of the major tourist attractions.

Location: The fort located near the extreme northwest tip of Salsete acts guard to the entrance of the port & is the closest fort near Goa Airport.

Mormugao Fort Attractions: The Mormugao Fort owing to its significant historical association is not just one of the important Indian forts but a major place of interest for the history buffs. Once the key attractions of this fortress about 10 km in circumference included, five prisons, 20 bulwarks, a chapel, three magazines & guard quarters. Also housed in the fort were two extremely beautiful fountains - Fonte de Santo Ignacio & Fonte de Malabar said to have bobbed-up from a sulphur & gold mine respectively. Today however most part of this magnificent fort lies in ruins except for a portion of the boundary wall & the chapel.

Mormugao’s close proximity to the Varca Beach serves as an added attraction for the visitors. The beach is said to have a belt of peculiar looking wooden fishing boats that make the place worth visiting.

How to Reach? The fort is accessible through all three modes of transport – air, road & rail. While the nearest railway station is located at Vasco da Gama, the nearest airport is at Dabolim, about 4 km south-east of Vasco da Gama. Alternatively, one can catch a bus from Panjim or Margao to Kadamba bus Terminus near Vasco & then get aboard a ferry to reach Margao harbor.
 
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