Timings : 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Time Required : 1 - 2 Hours
Entry Fee : Free
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!
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.
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