Bandra Fort, also known as Castella de Aguada (Portuguese: Fort of the Waterpoint) is a beautiful and serene place to visit in Bandra. It was built in 1640 by the Portuguese as a watchtower overlooking Mahim Bay, the Arabian Sea and the Southern Island of Mahim (remember Mumbai used to be different islands).
It’s a calm and picturesque spot that is popular by locals and tourists. The entrance is free and you can come here any time. Though, I suggest not to visit the Fort in the midday heat as there is no shadow and it can becomes pretty hot. Enjoy the great view of the Bandra Worli Sea Link and intake the fresh breeze from the Arabian Sea.
The ruin of the fort is not spectacular but the atmosphere at this land’s end is fantastic. It’s a place where even the locals feel like tourists and it’s one of the few places in Mumbai where you can be by yourself –though there are hundreds of people around you.
Warning! Lover’s Corner. When you walk up the stairs to the top, you will be shocked to see the amount of Indian couples engaged in PDA (public display of affection). You may feel like telling them to get a room… Either avoid this area or ignore the youngsters.
I highly recommend visiting the Bandra Fort –even if you are in Mumbai only for one or two days. Similar to the Gateway of India, this fort should be on your must-visit-list when you come to Bombay.
Location: Bandra Fort, Land’s End, Bandra West (next to Taj Land’s End)
Timings: 10AM to 8PM, every day.