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Dona Paula

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"A Monument Honoring Love"

Dona Paula, Goa Overview

The air is filled with romance, stories, and legends of eternal love. You are in Dona Paula, which is, arguably, Goa's most enduring monument. If that was not enough, Dona Paula is also one of the most happening beaches in North Goa just seven kilometres away from Panaji. The Dona Paula beach also provides a magnificent view of the Mormugao harbour. This beautiful getaway is so called because of the statue of a man and woman perched on top of a rock. While various stories surround it, there is an undeniable charm to the mystery of the statue. All the legends speak of the passionate, forbidden, and unfulfilled love affair of Dona Paula with a local Goan man, while some say it was the Governor, others believe that it was a worker from a lower caste.

Dona Paula is one Goa's must visit places and has captured the hearts of every tourist. It is the meeting point of the Zuari and Mandovi Rivers and is beautified by fronds of palm trees breaking the silvery shimmer of the beach sand. The beach is largely deemed as safe to swim in and there are also a host of water sports that you can indulge in while here.
From swimming, shopping, eating, staying, and even experiencing the thrill of water sports; in Dona Paula there is no dearth of options to keep you in the holiday spirit!

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Lined by palm trees and casuarina woods, Dona Paula View Point attracts tourists from all over the world for the scenic views that it offers. Take a walk along the viewpoint or the coastline while the cool breeze blows gently on your face or simply enjoy the endless vistas of blue and green, your visit to Dona Paula will be unforgettable.
While here, you can also shop for local knick-knacks at the beachside stalls while enjoying delicious seafood at the local restaurants as the sun starts to set on Dona Paula View Point. Please note that if you wish to witness the sunset here, try to reach the view point half an hour earlier than planned as it only has a space for 50 people.

There are many popular myths and romantic legends that surround this famous tourist spot. One legend has it that Dona Paula was the lady-in-waiting of the Governor-General's wife. The Governor fell in love with Dona's beauty and charm, and when the infuriated wife found out about the affair, she commanded that Dona be stripped, bound and rolled over the cliff into the sea, wearing only the string of pearls that the Governor had gifted her. Local fishermen can enthral you with marvellous ghost stories to relate to this incident. Some say that Dona's ghost appears on moonlit nights, while others say that it appears on pitch dark nights. Nevertheless, the consensus is that the spirit seems to rise from the sea at the stroke of midnight and can be seen wearing nothing but the necklace.


The Dona Paula beach can also be explored through the range of water sports and activities. Windsurfing, water-skiing, swimming, parasailing, ski-bob, kayaking, yachting, sports fishing, toboggan ski-biscuit and snorkelling can also be enjoyed here by those wanting to experience an adrenaline rush. The Dona Paula Sports Club also offers water-scooter, cycle and motorboat rides.

You can also embark on a shopping trip as you walk through the beachside market with local vendors selling straw hats, spices, and lace handkerchiefs. The two Goan liquor specialities, Feni and Port Wine, apart from regular liquor, are also widely available. If you are on the lookout for Indian handicrafts and jewellery, then the Indian Arts Emporium in Dona Paula is the place to be!

From luxury hotels to deluxe and standard ones, all kinds of accommodation facilities are offered at Dona Paula Beach to suit your budget and preference. Dona Paula Beach Resort, Hotel O'Pescador, Cidade de Goa, Sandalwood Hotel & Retreat, Hotel Bernardo, Cabana Dempo and Hotel Fidalgo are some good options that you can choose from.

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary: Around 9 kilometres away from Dona Paula, the sanctuary is situated on the western tip of the Choro Island, alongside the Mandovi River. This mangrove forest is home to a variety of domestic and migratory birds.


Reis Magos Church: 10 kilometres away from the Dona Paula beach lies this famous church, which is dedicated to the three wise men of the East who brought the baby Jesus gifts of frankincense, gold and myrrh.


Ruins of the Cabo de Rama Fort: The Cabo Fort was erected in 1540, and its ruins are a must visit place. The site also houses a 180-year-old cemetery with the memorial tomb of Dona Paula de Menezes in it.


National Oceanography Institute: This institute was opened in 1960 to study local Goan marine life. The Marine Biology Museum and Taxonomy Reference Centre in this Institute attract travellers from all around the globe.


The beach has a colourful water sports festival in November, the highlights of this festival are water scooter and cycle races and surfing competitions. Additionally, Janmashtami and the Feast of St. Lawrence are the two other festivals celebrated here each year with great zeal and passion. 

To give your grumbling stomach a treat, visit the seafood restaurants and indulge in tempting food at the shacks on Dona Paula. Martin's Beach Corner, Sea Pebble, Sea View and Menino's are excellent options to enjoy the local delicacies of Goa such as Sorpotel, Chicken Cafreal, or the famous Vindaloo.

Dona Paula is located 7 km away from the capital of Goa, Panaji. It could be reached by local buses and taxis very easily. There is also a bus from Panaji's Kadamba bus stand that leaves for Dona Paula beach every 15 minutes. You can also hire a bike and reach by yourself, just ask a local and they will guide you.

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Dona Paula Reviews

7 months ago by Dokka Devd

Awesome,dona paula dont look like a sea appearance but a bridge surrounded by three sides water and full of water sports it is a must visit place.

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