Dona Paula, India
, is located in the Bardez region
. It is a popular tourist spot on the Mormugao harbor. Dona Paula is about 7 km from Panjim
or Panaji, which is the capital city of Goa. Ferries are available across the bay and buses run into Panjim. It is today home to the National Institute of Oceanography
, and just alongside it lay the Goa University and the International Centre Goa. It is also home to a wide variety of accommodations
to suit all budgets and styles. 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 and area for vacation rentals.
The place where two of Goa's famous rivers meet the Arabian Sea is the bay of Dona Paula
, with a very good view of the Marmagao Harbour. Your condo rental lodging near this Fishing Village is a stone's throw away from the perfect spot to sunbathe and relax. Jet Skiing is also a very common sport. Dona Paula beach is located just about 7-km from Panaji. This place is called the Lovers Paradise in Goa, named after Dona Paula de Menezes. A myth has been attached to this place and according one legend the Viceroy's daughter (after facing objections from her family about her love affair with a poor fisherman) jumped off the cliff, and is supposed to be seen emerging from the moonlit waves wearing only a pearl necklace.
Tranquil and blue, Dona Paula unravels the ultimate in aquatic sport and fun minutes from your vacation rental. The Dona Paula Sports Club at Dona Paula offers some of the best water sports facilities to the sports enthusiasts including kayaking, motorboat riding, windsurfing, parasailing, water-skiing, toboggan ski-biscuit, yachting, skibob, sports fishing, snorkeling and harpoon fishing. Dona Paula is also famous for the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
, 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. Because of the sanctuary, you are likely to spot both migratory and local birds at the doorstep of your accommodation. Owner Direct Vacation Rentals offers a host of vacation rental accommodations and condo rentals near the Dona Paula Beach area.
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 Vainguinim Beach
, which is situated 1 km west. Bus, taxi, auto-rickshaw, and motorcycle services are the available means of travel in the area. A bus or motorcycle-taxi from Panajim or the ferry service from Mormugao can be used to reach the beach. In fact, buses to Dona Paula leave every fifteen minutes from Panajim's Kadamba stand. 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.