Dona Paula Beach, Panjim

Dona Paula Beach

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Dona Paula Beach is located 7 km west of Panjim in North Goa District. Surrounded by several casuarina groves and palm trees, the beach is famous for the varied legends attached with it. One such legend involves the daughter of the Portuguese Viceroy of Jaffnapatnam, Paula Amaral Antonio de Souto Maior. She married a Fidalgo from Spain in 1656. Her grave is housed in the transept of the Chapel at the Governor's Palace where a part of her history is engraved on her gravestone.

Moreover, the beach has gained popularity for being a prominent shooting location for several Indian films.   Jet-skiing and parasailing can also be done here. Shops located in the vicinity of the beach sell straw hats, feni, lace handkerchiefs, port wine and spices. Sunbathing at the beach below an umbrella is also popular.
 

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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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Himanshu Gupta

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  • Lives in Delhi
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  • Posted 2 months ago
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Anil guwalani

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  • Anil guwalani
  • 3 photos
  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  29 readers

"Beware of crabs"

  • 4.2/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Dona Paula Beach is Indias actually most dangerous beach in India because the crabs actually were around me. A place for people who are risk takers and want to see the crabs.
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Vivek m

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"Excellent location"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 17, 2016
Dona Paula, a small island, located on the beautiful and famous sea stretch spans from Panjim to Miramar. Today, there is a black stone statue of the young Dona Paula and her Goan lover on a rocky promontory jutting into the sea with a sweeping view of the Mormugao Port in the background. When you are in Dona Paula, you must visit the ruins of the Cabo Fort, erected in 1540. The Cabo Raj Niwas is one of the most elegant governor's residences in the whole of Goa. There is also a 180 year old English cemetery, open to the public along with a chapel, which has a memorial tomb of Dona Paula the Menezes with her history engraved on the tombstone. Any time of the day you can visit.
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Harsha Anjanappa

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  • Harsha Anjanappa
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Dona Paula - Must visit once!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 14, 2016
The water is a beautiful blue and green on either side. I did took a guide Joe to get more info about this place.
There are a lot of myths and stories of a Portuguese lady by the name of Dona Paula who lived here in the 17th century. It is also believed to be haunted by her spirit, which emerges from the waves on moonlit nights, wearing only a pearl necklace.
It must be one of the most visited spots in Panjim. If you go there in the evenings during peak tourist season you would find it crawling with visitors admiring the views from the top of a small hillock which has a Greco-Roman type of viewing platform. There is white sculpted statue of two figures at the base of this hillock called ‘Images of India'.
There is a regular Dona Paula - Marmugao Harbour ferry which takes you across the bay. Water sports facilities are also available during the tourist season.
I happened to visit again Dona Paula during my morning walk. It was very calm and serene at this time and an excellent place to view sunrise. It must be amongst the very few places in Goa where you can witness the sun rising over the Arabian Sea.
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Abhimanyu singhal

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"Decent Place"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 6, 2016
I am not sure why many people compare it to Juhu in Mumbai. After my visit I can only say Juhu stands nowhere in comparison to Miramar. Though it is situated right in centre of city but even then it had stayed away of human debris. Beach has huge clean sand area to sit relax and play. Some stretch of the beach is covered with palm trees which provide it a very scenic evenings. Also, you can take a cruise ride from this place ;)
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Abhimanyu singhal

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"Nothing good about it"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Feb 6, 2016
Place has gained much name after Singam shooting ;) Though from my visit I can only say: very heavily crowded, street market, said you have water sports there but I didn't find any. Only decent thing this place has to offer is top level view of vicinity. You can climb up the stairs and take good selfies ;)
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Shailesh K

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"Superb sunset view"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 13, 2016
Beautiful sunset view from Dona Paula overlooking the Arabian Sea. Famous for many Bollywood film shooting, recent one Singham. Though the road to the spot is blocked at the junction and vehicles are not allowed.
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Rizwanuddin Rafiq

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"Beautiful Beach for Watersports"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 11, 2016
Formerly it was a village name Oddaval, in the suburbs of the Panji Goa, now is is major tourist attraction. National Institute Of Oceanography and many guest houses, hotels and University is closely situated. The place is named after Paula Amaral, and she married to Dom Maior in 1656, a spanish, and she was the daughter of Portuguese Viceroy. Dona Paula was a lady of charity used to help the deprived villagers, and she died in 1682 December 16th. Dona Paula entombed in the Cabo Chapel. There are many local myths about her, as coming in moonlit emerging on waves just with a pearl Necklace. Now Dona Paula has become the most fashionable area and address. It has great attraction among the tourists and filmmakers to find a beautiful spot to shoot like Ek Duje Ke Liye and Singham are the superhit films which were shot here. Few water sports are also remains a point of great attraction.
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Rizwanuddin Rafiq

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"Beautiful spot to shoot"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 6, 2016
It is a former village, in the suburbs of the Panji Goa, now it is major tourist attraction. National Institute of Oceanography and many guest houses, hotels and University is closely situated. The place is named after Paula Amaral, and she married to Dom Maior in 1656, a spanish, and she was the daughter of Portuguese Viceroy. Dona Paula was a lady of charity used to help the deprived villagers, and she died in 1682 December 16th. Dona Paula entombed in the Cabo Chapel. There are many local myths about her, as coming in moonlit emerging on waves just with a pearl Necklace. Now Dona Paula has become the most fashionable area and address. It has great attraction among the tourists and film-makers to find a beautiful spot to shoot. Few water sports also remains a point of great attraction.
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Rizwanuddin Rafiq

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"Dona Paula A Lady Of Charity"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 11, 2015
It is a former village, in the suburbs of the Panji Goa, now is is major tourist attraction. National Institute Of Oceanography and many guest houses, hotels and University is closely situated. The place is named after Paula Amaral, and she married to Dom Maior in 1656, a spanish, and she was the daughter of Portuguese Viceroy. Dona Paula was a lady of charity used to help the deprived villagers, and she died in 1682 December 16th. Dona Paula entombed in the Cabo Chapel. There are many local myths about her, as coming in moonlit emerging on waves just with a pearl Necklace. Now Dona Paula has become the most fashionable area and address. It has great attraction among the tourists and filmmakers to find a beautiful spot to shoot. Few water sports are also remains a point of great attraction.
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Yashwant Kaur

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"Amazing view"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 30, 2015
This place as an amazing view of the sea, if you are a view lover this is the place for you, can spend as much time as you want watching the sea. Now just by the mention of the name my memories of the view pop up.
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