Fort Aguada located in south of Candolim in the Indian state of Goa at the shore of Mandovi River was constructed by the Portuguese in 1612 to guard against the Dutch & the Marathas. Fort Aguada was the most priced & crucial fort of Portuguese. It is now a popular tourist place in the state of Goa.
From the Archaeological Survey of India board:
Light House on top of Fort Aguada
Fort Aguada from the Arabic Ocean
The fort comprises a lower fort with bastions all around and an upper fort. It strikes the seashore and ascends the summit of the bare rocky upland called 'Aguada Point'. The upper fort was built as a vantage point to serve as a fort and a watering station to the ships. While the lower fort offers a safe birth to Portuguese ships. The upper fort comprises a moat, an underground water storage chamber, lighthouse, gun powder room & bastions.
Entrance of Fort Aguada
The word 'Aguada' means 'watering place' in Portuguese. The storage capacity of water tank is 23,76,000 gallons. It has five division with a support of 16 huge columns and a staircase to descend. A lighthouse at initial stage used to emit light once in seven minutes. In 1834, updated to emit light creating eclipse every 30 seconds. However, was abandoned in 1976.
Boating near Fort Aguada
Places around Aguada Fort:
* Churches - Old Goa
Scenic view of a million dollar house from the Ocean
Beautiful view of mountains & ocean from Fort Aguada