kilometers west of the Indian state of Goa's capital Panjim (Panaji), Dona
Paula Beach in Goa is nestled on the southern side of the rocky
hammer-shaped headlands that divide the Zuari and Mandovi estuaries.
Providing a good sight of the Mormugao harbor, this beach is confined by
palm trees and casuarina groves. The proximity of the beach to the capital
city makes it a popular tourist sight.
Being associated with a romantic myth, the Dona Paula Beach Goa is one of the hottest tourist spot in Goa. People throng the Dona Paula beach not only to enjoy the sun and the sea but also to indulge in water sports on the clear waters. The Dona Paula Beach offers an opportunity to the tourists to laze under the sun and buy cheap seaside goods from local vendors.
Sightseeing at Dona Paula Beach -
National Oceanography Institute : The National Oceanography Institute, set up in the 1960s, 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 : Cabo Raj Niwas (the Governor's 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.
Reis Magos Church : About 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 : 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.