Location: Located 7 kms west of Panaji,
the state capital.
Tourist Attractions: The National Oceanography, The Cabo Raj
Niwas, Reis Magos Church, the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary.
Beach Activities: Windsurfing, parasailing, water-skiing,
toboggan ski-biscuit, skibob, sports fishing, snorkeling, harpoon
fishing, kayaking, and
yachting. Water-scooter, cycle, and motorboat
About Dona Paula Beach
The hottest tourist spot in Goa, the Dona Paula beach, is situated
seven kilometers west of Panaji, the state capital. The Dona Paula
beach is named after the Dona Paula de Menzes, daughter of a viceroy
( in colonial India), who jumped off the cliff, when refused
permission to marry a local fisherman, Gasper Dias. Thus, the
mystery related to this beautiful beach brings tourists from all
over the world. It also lures tourists to indulge in water sports,
shopping and sun-bathing .
The beach also provides a good view of the Mormugao harbour and
enthralls everyone who visits this beautiful site.
Major Tourist Attractions
The National Oceanography
Established in the year 1960s, the National Oceanography Institute
deals with marine biology and all the major branches of coastal and
marine oceanography. The major attraction of the institute is its
Marine Biology Museum and Taxonomy Reference Center.
The Cabo Raj Niwas
The Cabo Raj Niwas (the Governor's House) is at distance of half
kilometer from the National Oceanography Institute. It has the tomb
of Dona Paula de Menezes in the Cabo Chapel. The Raj Bhawan offers
an excellent view of the nearby coastline and the Aguada Fort.
Water sport facilities are the key attraction of this beach. The
Dona Paula Sports Club provides water-scooter, cycle, and motorboat
rides. Other water sports include windsurfing, parasailing,
water-skiing, toboggan ski-biscuit, skibob, sports fishing,
snorkeling, harpoon fishing, kayaking, and yachting.
Air: The Dabolim airport is 29 kms away from Panaji and 36 kms from
Rail: The nearest railway station is at Karmali, which is 15 kms
from the beach. Goa connected to all the major parts of India by
Road: Regular bus and taxi services are available for Dona Paula,
from Panaji and Mormugao. Motorcycle taxi is also available as an
interesting mode of transport.
There are many hotels, guest houses and beach side huts in Dona
Paula catering to the budgets and requirements of different