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Dona Paula

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Rizwanuddin Rafiq

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1858 reviewsPosted 2 years ago

A place dedicated to the woman of charity

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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1 reviewPosted 2 years ago

Beautiful & an amazing destination

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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Dona Paula Overview

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 PaulaDona 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 PaulaThe 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.