The Governor's House - Cabo Raj Niwas

Dona Paula

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Ranked 1 of 3 sightseeing in Dona Paula

The Governor’s house, also known by the name of Cabo Raj Niwas is just half km away from the National Oceanography Institute. The house consists of a tomb in the Cabo Chapel dedicated to Dona Paula de Menzes, who was the Portuguese Viceroy’s daughter.

According to legend, she was in love with a local fisherman, and after the denial of her father, she jumped off a cliff into the Arabian Sea. The Dona Paula Beach was named after her. This place offers a good view of the Aguada Fort and the coastline.

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  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Sunset
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Rizwanuddin Rafiq

Rizwanuddin Rafiq5.0/5

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Indian State Goa Governor's official residence

The official residence of the Governor of Indian State Of Goa, known as "Raj Bhavan", is located at the extreme end of a narrow cape jutting into the Arabian Sea. Situated on the rim of the water-space formed by the merging of the perennial rivers of Mandovi, on one side, and Zuari, on the other, into the Arabian Sea and very close to the square of Dona-Paula, it is one of the Palaces of historical and architectural significance and antiquity in Goa. Earlier, during the Portuguese regime, it was the Official Residence of the Governors-General, which was then known as "Palacio do Cabo". Later, it was the Official Residence of the Lt. Governors of the Union Territory of Goa, Daman and Diu, under the name of "Cabo Raj Niwas", which name it retained till Goa was given the status of a State in 1987. The Raj Bhavan is a double-storeyed structure of great dimensions and architectural significance. While the ground floor consists of the Office Chamber and The Residence of His Excellency the Governor, and a few Guest Suites, the first floor occupies the Durbar Hall, Conference Hall, Banquet Hall, the main Kitchen and some additional Guest Suites and Rooms. The palace is full of antique items to enhance the beauty, walls are decorated with large mirrors and painting of a Fisherman by Francisco Jose Rezende. A row of verandahs elevated on pillars on the rear side, overlook the Mandovi River to the right, the Zuari River to the left, and the Arabian Sea. At one corner of the Raj Bhavan, there is a beautiful Chapel which is about 500 years old. The Chapel, which has always formed part of the Raj Bhavan, is open for the Morning Mass on all Sundays, as also on Christmas and Easter. On the eve of Chapel Festival on 15th August doors are open for all religious groups and devotees, otherwise normal day's entry remains restricted, it also has a Grotto, a place of worship. The Altar in this Grotto, which is installed in a cage cut out of a rock, is dedicated to St. Paul's, whose sculpture lies in a recumbent position. There is a belief that those who offer a prayer here, will have their wishes fulfilled. Anyway if someone wishes to enter then he has to visit on mass prayers time or on 15th of August.

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Nicasia Fernandes

Nicasia Fernandes5.0/5

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Very beautiful

Was on duty here 24hrs so got to explore the place surrounded by the sea very scenic a fort with blue waters around, so peaceful lovely gardens and very clean. A place to pray too statue of mother Mary there, the sound of waves hitting the rocks.

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Raj Bhavan's main gate
The Governor's House - Cabo Raj Niwas, Dona Paula

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Rear side of Raj Bhavan

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