• About

    One of the oldest forts in Goa, the Alorna fort was built in the 17th century on the banks of river Chapora, by the Bhonsles of Sawantwadi who waged a severe battle against the Portuguese. It was later captured by Marquis of Castello Novo (later known as Marquis of Alorna) and then by Dom Frederico Guilherme de Souza who used it as defense against the Maratha attacks from the north.

    Getting there

    The Alorna fort is around 30 kms away from Mapusa with the nearest railway station located at Thivim (23kms). Being an isolated spot, there is no local transport available, and it is best to hire a taxi or private vehicle to get to the fort.

    Quick Facts

    • The last remains of a chapel that might have existed can be observed as the only building left standing. There is a deep well to its left. The two watchtowers in the front corners are intact, but those at the back have disappeared. The battlements, used to haul canon, are still visible and well preserved.
    • Although the fort has a rich diverse history, it lies in a dilapidated condition today. However it is a good place to explore the old structure and enjoy the view of the scenic Chapora River.