Corjuem Fort is a fortress situated 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) from the village of Aldona on the island of Corjuem, Goa. It was a military fortress for the defense of Portuguese India. It is smaller than the other forts in Goa, but it gives a good view of the surrounding river and land.The Fort of Corjuem (Portuguese: ‘Forte de Corjuem’) is situated on an island with the same name in Bardez, to the east of the village of Aldona, from which it is separated by the Mapuçá River (a tributary of the Mandovi).
The original occupiers of this Fort were the Bhonsles from the Sawantwadi State. Under the Portuguese Viceroy Caetano de Mello e Castro, the control of the fort came under Portuguese India’s administration. The fort was subsequently rebuilt by the Portuguese to boost up defenses along Panajim. In the early 1800s, the fort was used as a Military School and had in its defenses a battery of four guns. The fortress defended the town of Corjuem and also had a chapel under parochial church of Aldona.
The fort also has an interesting incident in which an ambitious Portuguese woman named Ursula e Lancastre, who determined to see the man’s world, dressed like a man and travelled the world. She landed up at Corjuem as a soldier but was later captured and stripped.
How to Reach:
Fort is situated 23 kilometers from Panaji. The best way to reach Corjuem Fort is via Mapusa or via Britona. You can either hire yourself some transport or use the public transport, there is lots of choices available between taxis, motorbike pilots and autorickshaws. One can even reach this fort from Panjim to Aldona via Mapusa or even from Panjim to Chodan via ferry an then to Corjuem. Corjuem Fort is 12 kilometres from Panjim.
23.1 km from Panaji via Britona – 34mins
48.2 km from Dabolim Airport – 1hr 5mins
57.2 km from Margao Railway Station – 1hr 19mins
7.4 km from Thivim Railway Station – 14mins
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