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Dona Paula Beach Tour
The Dona Paula beach is named after Dona Paula de Menzes, daughter of a
viceroy (in colonial India), who threw herself off the cliff, when refused
permission to marry a local fisherman, Gaspar Dias. The myth says that Dona
Paula is entombed in the Cabo Chapel of the Raj Bhawan and is supposed to
be seen emerging from the moonlit waves wearing only a pearl necklace.
With the romance and myth attached to ithaunted by Dona Paula de Menzestourists
throng the Dona Paula Beach not only in search of the deceased beloved,
but also to indulge in water sports on the clear waters. The Dona Paula
Beach offers an opportunity to the tourists to have a sunbath and buy cheap
seaside goods from local vendors.
This beach has also been the location for many Indian movies, the most famous
being Ek Duje Ke Liye. Given this dual attraction, Dona Paula Beach has
become a popular tourist spot.
Dona Paula--Tourist Attractions
The most important attraction of this beach is the water sport facilities
available here. The Dona Paula Sports Club offers 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.
National Oceanography Institute
Set up in the 1960s, the National Oceanography Institute delves not only
upon marine biology, but incorporates almost all the major branches of
coastal and marine oceanography. The major attraction of the institute
is its Marine Biology Museum and Taxonomy Reference Center.
Cabo Raj Niwas
The Cabo Raj Niwas (the Governors House) is half a kilometer away
from the National Oceanography Institute. It houses the tomb of Dona Paula
de Menzes in the Cabo Chapel. The Raj Bhawan offers an excellent view
of the nearby coastline and the Aguada Fort.
Dona Paula--Location and Climate
Seven kilometers west of the Indian state of Goas
capital Panajim (Panaji), Dona Paula Beach is nestled on the southern side
of the rocky hammer-shaped headlands that divide the Zuari and Mandovi estuaries.
Providing a good view of the Mormugao harbor, this beach is fringed by palm
trees and casuarina groves. The proximity of the beach to the capital city
makes it a popular tourist sight.
The climate is equable and moist throughout the year. While it is pleasant
and temperate from October to May it is rainy from June to September.
Temperature variations throughout the year are mild. May is the warmest
month with a temperature of around 30°C and January is coolest with
a mean daily temperature of 25°C. Due to its proximity of the sea,
the territory is generally humid and even during the summer months humidity
is generally above 60 percent.
The main attractions near Dona Paula Beach are Reis Magos Church and the
Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. Approximately 10 km from the beach is one of the
oldest churches built in Goa, the Reis Magos Church. It is dedicated to
the three Magi (the wise men of the East)Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthazar
who, according to a legend, were guided by a star to Bethlehem to greet
the newborn Jesus. This church was once the residence of all dignitaries
and a mission center of the Franciscan order.
The Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is Situated on the western tip of the island
of Choro, along the Mandovi River, about 9 km from Dona Paula Beach. Spread
over 2 sq km, this sanctuary is a mangrove forest. Local and migratory birds
are found here all through the year. However, permission of the Chief Wildlife
Warden is required for visitors.
Two other beaches are also within the proximity of the Dona Paula Beach.
These are the Miramar beach, which lies 4 km north of Dona Paula, and the
which is Situated 1 km west.
Dona Paula-Fairs and Festivals
The festivals of Janmashtami and the Feast of St. Lawrence are particular
to the Dona Paula Beach. In addition, the beach also has a colorful water
sports festival in November. The highlights of this festival are the water
scooter and cycle races and surfing competitions.
There are several shops along the beachside, which sell variety of goods
ranging from eatables to clothes. Fishermen-turned-local vendors also
sell straw hats, lace handkerchiefs, and spices in these shops. Feni and
port winethe two Goan liquor specialtiesare a must buy and
local liquor is easily available. Indian handicrafts and jewelry are available
at the Indian Arts Emporium in Dona Paula.
There are a host of hotels, guesthouses, and beachside huts available
at the beach that cater to the budgets of different tourists.
Calangute And Baga--Transportation
The nearest airport is at Dabolim, which is 29 km away from Panaji and
36 km from Anjuna.
Goa is connected with Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Mangalore, and Thiruvananthapuram
by train. The nearest railway station is at Karmali, which is 15 km from
The Dona Paula Beach is well connected by road. Seven kilometers from
the capital city, regular bus and taxi services are easily available.
The Kadamba Transport Corporation (Government of Goa Undertaking), and
Maharashtra and Karnataka State Road Transport Corporations operate buses
from and to Goa.
Bus, taxi, auto-rickshaw, and motorcycle services are the available means
of local conveyance in the area. A bus or motorcycle-taxi from Panajim
or the ferry service from Mormugao can be availed of to reach the beach.
In fact, buses to Dona Paula leave every fifteen minutes from Panajim's
An interesting mode of conveyance in Goa is the motorcycle taxi. Unique
to this state, these taxis carry only one passenger. However
motorcycles can also be hired for personal use, on the basis of financial
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