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Exploring Goa – XI – Candolim (Fort Aguada)

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Kartik Kannan, moves on to the next place-Condolim in this Goa series. Condolim is an area north of Panjim, across of the Mandovi, which is the beginning of a series of beautiful and popular beaches stretching from Condolim to Baga(with Sinquerim, Calangute being the other beaches on this stretch). Condolim is home to a lovely coastline that plays host to Sunburn- a music festival in Decemeber, a lovely river creek(Coco Beach), an idyllic deserted ship and Fort Aguada. Join Kartik in taking yet another vicarious trip down North Goa’s sunny coastline!

Candolim Map

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Wherever you go in Condolim, you are greeted with advertisements for ‘Titos’s,  which is a famous nightclub in Goa, that has become a permanent fixture for tourists in Goa. What’s visibly seen in Condolim are road signs that read Calangute, Titos and Baga. Titos, though is close to Baga beach, enjoys a cult status of a being called a place by the local administration, as its so much in demand. You are never far away from these signs that throng Condolim.

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As you snake through a bend on a hill from the Taj Fort Aguada hotel, you come across the state jail, and Fort Aguada. Read more about Fort Aguada here-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Aguada.

Wikipedia says that a freshwater spring within the fort provided water supply to the ships that used to stop by. This is how the fort got its name: Aguada, meaning Water. Crews of passing ships would often visit to replenish their fresh water stores. A freshwater spring within the fort provided water supply to the ships that used to stop by. This is how the fort got its name: Aguada, meaning Water. Crews of passing ships would often visit to replenish their fresh water stores.

Fort Aguada was repurposed for use as a prison primarily, some claim. Many of its inmates are Western tourists serving time for drug-related crimes

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Fort Aguada is a popular place for shooting movies. One of the more famous scenes shot against the backdrop of the fort Aguada, was the film ‘The Monsoon’ by Jag Mundhra. It had a young couple, filmed in the rains, with love and lust in their eyes, against the backdrop of the fort. A preview of the scene shot is shown below, and a link to the complete movie is shown here.

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Fort Aguada was the most prized and crucial fort of Portuguese. The fort is so large that it envelops the entire peninsula at the south western tip of Bardez. Built on the mouth of river Mandovi, it was strategically located and was the chief defence of Portuguese against the Dutch and Marathas.

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As you head on your way down, you’d pass a silent creak that feeds into the Mandovi. It’s lovely to put some music on, and sit by the creek, and hope that the monsoon finds its way to make it more pleasant.

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