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Dona Paula Beach Goa
Location : 7 km west of Panaji, North Goa district
Best Time to Visit : November to February; water sports festival is held in November.
Attractions : Water sports facilities, shooting location of Bollywood movies
The Dona Paula beach is a popular tourist attraction in Goa. It has been the shooting locale of many Indian movies and offers a variety of water sports. The beach has a mysterious past.
It is said that the spirit of Dona Paula de Menzes, daughter of a viceroy (in colonial India) haunts the beach. The Dona Paula beach has been named after her. It is said that she threw herself off the cliff when she was refused permission to marry a local fisherman, Gaspar Dias. Locals say that she is sometimes seen emerging from the waves on a moon lit night.

Most tourists are attracted by this story and come here to feel the romantic mysticism of the place. Another major attraction is the vast variety of water sports this beach has to offer. One can try out diving, skiing, surfing, sailing, etc here at the Dona Paula beach.

For the not so daring, there is always the option of floating, light swimming and sun bathing on the shores. The beach has many small shacks and street markets which sell handicrafts and Indian stuff. You can also buy good beachwear at minimal prices if you can bargain.

Another tourist attraction near the beach is Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. It is a small piece of land, which homes many species of exotic flora and fauna. Getting to Dona Paula beach is pretty easy as it is well connected by roads. You can get in a cab or hire a bike to reach here and explore the adventurous and romantic Dona Paula beach.

Visit the National Oceanography Institute and check out the impressive Marine Biology Museum there. You can also check out Cabo Raj Niwas which is the Governor's house and it is said that Dona Paula was entombed here. So visit Dona Paula beach of Goa and have the experience of a lifetime.

How to Reach Dona Paula Beach

Buses and taxis are available from Panaji to the beach. The Dabolim Airport is located 29 km from Panaji and the Kadamba Bus Terminal is the central bus hub of the town.