Dona Paula Tourism

Dona Paula Tourism

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  • State: Goa
  • Famous for/as: Beach
  • District: North Goa
Dona Paula, which was once a village, is now a tourist destination in the Indian state of Goa. It houses the International Centre Goa, the National Institute of Oceanography and Goa University. The place lies at the spot where two rivers meet to flow into the Arabian Sea. 

In the olden days, fishing was the major activity of the people of Dona Paula. However, today, numerous resorts and cottages have come up, making it an important tourist destination of Goa. The erstwhile village is also home to a few top industrialists of India who have set shop here. 

History of Dona Paula

The location of Dona Paula and its sculpture has given rise to many myths. The place is situated on a hammer shaped rock. One of the most popular myths related to the area is Dona and Paulo were husband and wife. One day, Paulo went fishing and never returned. His faithful wife, Dona, waited for years for him to return until she finally turned into a stone. 

Another myth says that after Dona and Pualo were separated, they jumped off the cliff and ended their lives. The sculpture on the rock has been built to commemorate the love of the two. Paula in the name Dona Paula refers to Paula Amaral Antonio, who was a lady and the daughter of a Portuguese in Sri Lanka. The name of the place is dedicated to her. Dona, in Portuguese means married and Paula was married to a Spanish man, hence the term Dona Paula. 

Things to do in Dona Paula

Dona Paula is essentially a beach resort, with water sports being the primary activity. Some tourist attractions of Dona Paula are the National Institute of Oceanography, the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary and the Cabo Fort. 

Like the rest of Goa, Dona Paula has a tropical climate, with high humidity throughout the year. The temperature here ranges from 30-35 Celsius throughout the year, and the best time to visit Dona Paula is during the months of November to February. 

Travelling to Dona Paula

The place does not have a railway station or an airport. The best way to reach Dona Paula is by road or via a boat from one of the nearby cities of Goa.  

Dona Paula is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Panjim and Bogmalo.

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Pratik Gandhi

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  • Pratik Gandhi
  • Lives in Surat
  • 6 photos
  • 20 Reviews
  •  47 helpful votes
  •  4322 readers

"Equidistant from North - South Goa"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted May 21, 2017
Dona Paula is quite good beach located between North and South Goa. Small local market is also found on the way where you can get TIARA in numerous varieties. Also theres small hill type where many movies were shot especially Singham & Dilwale. But in Goa its not Must visit point. If you are running out of time, you can skip this beach.
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Avik narayan Chatterjee

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  • Avik narayan Chatterjee
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 26 Reviews
  •  1295 helpful votes
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"Good place for an awesome view of Arabian Sea"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 7, 2016
Dona Paula is located in south Goa beside the Miramar beach... The place relates to the history of Dona Paula, a famous beautiful Portuguese lady who didn't want to marry the then viceroy and committed suicide from the cliff here. The place was built after her. You get some awesome views from here..
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Raj Varma

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  • Raj Varma
  • Lives in Mapusa
  • 64 photos
  • 37 Reviews
  •  203 helpful votes
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"Famously known as Suicide point"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 12, 2016
This is a famous tourist destination. Not only for the beautiful ocean behind and small hill nearby. Also because it's been a shooting location for many movies. Especially the Kamal Haasan starring Sadma. The place got the name of Suicide Point. Also boating is an added attraction to this place.
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Sanjeev sabharwal

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  • Sanjeev sabharwal
  • 3 Reviews
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"Try to keep clean"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted May 4, 2016
We should try and keep the area neat and clean. Should not throw empty bottles, should provide lot of big dustbin with message use me. All the hawkers should be given pucca small cynical for these shops. Also the road leading to the status from the main road should have the divider so that there is no traffic jam.
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Hayat Jahagirdar

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  • Hayat Jahagirdar
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 22 Reviews
  •  275 helpful votes
  •  15326 readers

"Average place to visit with family or group"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Feb 2, 2016
This is just a normal place to visit which has been made popular by the Indian movie 'Singham'. It is called as a lovers' point inspired by Dona Paula. Along near to this place, there's a small market too selling beach clothes and accessories. Visit this place for a quiet time in Goa.
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Rizwanuddin Rafiq

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  • Lives in Bhopal
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"A place dedicated to the woman of charity"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 11, 2016
Dona Paula which was once a village is now a famous tourist destination in the Indian State of Goa. It houses the International Centre Goa, The National Institute Of Oceanography and Goa University just alongside. The place is situated close to the merger point of two rivers Mandovi and Zurai into the Arabian sea. In the olden days, fishing was the major activity of the people of dona paula. However today, numerous resorts and cottages have come up, making it an important tourist destination of Goa. Earlier which was a village is now home to few top Industrialists of India and policy makers of the state. It is also the most expensive residential location in Goa. The Raj Bhavan of Goa is located near the La Marvel Colony in Dona Paula. The location of Dona Paula and its sculpture has given rise to many myths. The place is situated on a Fist shaped rock. Few says that Dona and Paula, were husband and wife and once husband gone to sea and turned back and wife turned to stone after years of waiting, and some says that they jumped to sea from this point and ended their lives. The sculptor on the rock has been built to commemorate the love of the two. Paula in the name Dona Paula refers to Paula Amral Antonio de Souto Maior, who was a lady and daughter of the Portuguese viceroy for Jaffnapatnam, in Sri Lanka. Dona, in Portuguese means married and Paula was married to a Spanish man Fidalgo Dom Antonio Souto Maior in 1656 and she died on 16th Dec 1682 as they were very affectionate to each other. The Lovely Lady Dona Paula was very kind hearted and she was doing charity for the villagers and for the deprived ones, earlier this place was known as Oddavel and the Villagers decided to change the name of the area as Dona Paula, besides all myths a great extension of love and affection of people towards the Woman Of Charity. Dona Paula is essentially a beach resort, with water sports being the primary activity. Some tourist attractions of Dona Paula are the National Institute Of Oceanography, the Salim Ali bird sanctuary and the Cabo Fort a Siddhi Vinayak Temple, a small Church and the beaches. Like the rest of Goa, Dona Paula has tropical climate, with high humidity throughout the year. The temperature ranges from 30-35 throughout the year and the best time to visit Dona Paula is during the months of November to February, During the tourist season Dona Paula transforms into a crowded stretch which is otherwise a calm beautiful place during monsoons. This place neither connected by Rail nor By Air so Road is feasible mean though through water routes can be reached, and it is very well connected by State Transport Local Bus Services. Once you reach at this place you will find the scooter, motorcycles and cars on rent from the Hotel or Resort wherever you stay and now whole Panji is Yours and nearby places like Bambolim, Caranzalem, Miramar, Old Goa heritage and the places of worship will mesmerise a visitor.
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Shaoni Nandi

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  • Shaoni Nandi
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Beautiful & an amazing destination"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 5, 2016
This is a beautiful place surrounded by clear blue water on all three sides. There is a viewpoint at a height which provides a panoramic view of the seas all around. No wonder two (or possibly more) Bollywood movies chose this place. There are small shops selling caps, hats which are beautifully designed. Its a quiet place and must visit in Goa. But please ensure to maintain cleanliness and not to smoke on tourist places as it pollutes the atmosphere.
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Channabasveshwarayya Kalmath

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"Dona poula, Goa!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 31, 2015
This is an nice picnic spot in south Goa. Its fully surrounded by water. There are many different shops with wide variety of different articles for shopping purpose. The beach view from top of steps is marvellous. There are many water sports are available for entertainment. Food and icecreams are readily available. Some times dolphins can also be seen.
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Kiran Bavimani

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  • Kiran Bavimani
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary - a dauna paula attraction"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Nov 29, 2015
Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary:

Moderately managed, good for wildlife enthusiasts. We had visited on a cast day and it is advised to reach here by your own transport. There is a muddy path with bamboo bushes and birds were supposed to be there (but we found none!! ). After few hundred metres, there is a pickup point for boating (by Goan Govt), but the operator declared that. It is under repair and offered a private boat service for 1500/-. We did not comment and decently got out of the place. The place was deserted with none around our time of visit; but for the nature and boat jetty trips, this trip was a time waste for us. There are boat jetties that shorten your route in and out of this place.
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Tejas Pandya

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  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Great to travel with friends and family"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 17, 2014
Picture perfect view. Places to travel in Goa are Calangute, Baga, Palolem, Colva, Candolim, Sinquerim, Aguada. These are all must visit beaches in North Goa. Best time to visit is February to March. In May its very hot in Goa and you will see your color change in just 2 days in sunlight. But in summer there is very less rush and you can enjoy the watersports with ease and at reasonable cost.
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