Dona Paula Beach

Dona Paula Beach

Dona Paula is one of the most beautiful beaches in Goa. It is located just seven kilometers west from Panaji. Providing a good view of the Mormugao harbor, this beach is fringed by palm trees. The proximity of the beach to the capital city makes it a popular tourist sight.

This beach has a very romantic legend attached to it. It is believed that Dona Paula De Menzes, daughter of a viceroy, threw herself off the cliff when she was not allowed to marry a local fisherman whom she loved. It is said that she is still seen emerging from the moonlit waves wearing only a pearl necklace. The romance and myth attached to this beach attracts tourists from all over the world.

People come to this beach for more than just one purpose; one can have a relaxing sunbath, build sand castles, take a stroll on the sandy beaches or enjoy water sports available on the beach. The Dona Paula Sports Club offers water-scooter, cycle, and motorboat rides. Other water sports include windsurfing, parasailing, toboggan ski-biscuit, skibob, water-skiing, sports fishing, snorkeling, harpoon fishing, kayaking, and yachting.

The National Oceanography Institute located near Dona Paula Beach 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. The other attraction near the beach is Cabo Raj Niwas. It houses the tomb of Dona Paula de Menzes in the Cabo Chapel and offers an excellent view of the nearby coastline and the Aguada Fort. The other main attractions near Dona Paula Beach include Reis Magos Church (10 kms) and the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary (9 kms).

Last Updated on : 23/04/2013