Alorna Fort also known as Halarn fort is one of the oldest forts in Goa. It is situated 30 kilometers from the town of Mapusa and 10 km east off NH 17 from Malpem in Pernem. It was constructed by the Bhonsles of Sawantwadi in the 17th century, to defend against the Maratha attacks. From there, one can get a good view of the surrounding river and land.
The fort had four guns and in the year 1746, the fort was captured by Marquis of Castello Novo (later known as Marquis of Alorna) from the Bhonsles. The possession however was short lived. In 1781, the fort was again captured by Dom Frederico Guilherme de Souza. It was used to defend against the Maratha attacks from the north. The fort then came to the possession of the Portugese in 1781.
The fort is presently in a dilapidated condition. It is however a beautiful site to explore as it is perched on the banks of the river Chapora as it flows peacefully towards Colvale. The view from the fort is breath taking. One can see fields and mountains from the fort. There is only one building inside the fort and no other inhabitants near by though there is a local panchayat.
How to Reach: It is situated 30 kilometers from the town of Mapusa and 10 km east off NH 17 from Malpem in Pernem. The best way to reach Alorna Fort is that you can either hire yourself some transport or use the public transport, theres lots of choices available between taxis, motorbike pilots and autorickshaws. The nearest Train station is Thivim Railway station, although main train services stop at Margao station, only local trains sometime’s stop by Thivim station. So Margao Railway Station will be better. To reach Alorna from Margao or Thivim, you can either take local bus or taxi.
39.2 km from Panaji – 59mins
63 km from Dabolim Airport – 1hr 29mins
72 km from Margao Railway Station – 1hr 44mins
21.8 km from Thivim Railway Station – 38mins