Dona Paula

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Abhishek Singh

Abhishek Singh2.9/5

96 reviews

Try only if you have spare time

Dona Paula offers a beach, a view point and water sports activity. We had been to Dona Paula view point, spent around 40 minutes there. There is a jetty on one side and on the other side there is hillock. There are few stairs which lead to the top where there is small platform from where one can have panaromic beautiful view of Arabian sea, Vasco and other parts of Goa. There are eateries, congested parking space. According to me, if you have a spare time then visit this place.

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Pratik Gandhi

Pratik Gandhi4.6/5

21 reviews

Equidistant from North - South Goa

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.

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.

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

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Rizwanuddin Rafiq

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

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Rizwanuddin Rafiq

Rear side of Raj Bhavan

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