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Dona Paula, the hottest & most thrilling spot of attraction among the beaches in North Beach in Goa.  It is located 7 kms west of Panaji.  The beauty of Dona Paula beach has been enchanted by an interesting past, which has the tourists thronging to this place.  Dona Paula has been related to a romantic myth.  ‘Dona Paula’, the name was derived from the name ‘Dona Paula de Menzes’, daughter of a Viceroy.  She threw herself off the cliff, when she was not permitted to marry her Love, Gasper Dias, a local fisherman. 

The beach also symbolizes the feeling of sweet pains when in love. A visitor finds this place where his emotions can be enlivened. According to the locals the beach is said to be haunted – as you may occasionally catch a glimpse of her on moonlit nights walking on the waves wearing a pearly white necklace.  At Dona Paula you just can’t sit & stare, it’s a most happening beach.  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 have a sunbath and buy cheap seaside goods from local vendors. It also the most popular beaches in Goa, a must visit beach.

The Attractions:

The Cabo Raj Niwas:  The Governors house as the name says, It is said that Dona Paula is entombed in the Cabo Chapel.  It also offers a marvelous view of the Coastline and the Aguada Fort.

Reis Magos Church:  Popular, as it is one of the oldest churches in Goa & is said to be dedicated to the 3 wise men in the Christmas story.

Salim Bird Sanctuary:  Around 9 kms from the Beach, the sanctuary is located on the western end of the Choro Island in the Mondovi River.  It is a mangrove forest & is surrounded with the chirping of local and migratory birds throughout the year.  You cannot get there without the permission of the wildlife warden.

Water Sports :

The Dona Paula water sports club offers very thrilling & exciting water sports like water-skiing, parasailing, kayaking and many more to test you daring feel.

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