“Good View Point for Sunrise and Sunset.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 13 May 2015 NEW
Dona Paula is a rocky headland jutting out into the Arabian Sea, overlooking the Marmugao Harbour. It lies in between the Zuari and Mandovi River estuaries, and is about 7 km south of Panjim.
There are a lot of myths and stories of a Portuguese lady by the name of Dona Paula who lived here in the 17th century. It is also believed to be haunted by her spirit, which emerges from the waves on moonlit nights, wearing only a pearl necklace.
It must be one of the most visited spots in Panjim. If you go there in the evenings during peak tourist season you would find it crawling with visitors admiring the views from the top of a small hillock which has a Greco-Roman type of viewing platform. There is white sculpted statue of two figures at the base of this hillock called ‘Images of India’.
There is a regular Dona Paula – Marmugao Harbour ferry which takes you across the bay. Water sports facilities are also available during the tourist season.
I happened to visit Dona Paula during my morning walk as I was staying at Cidade de Goa, about 2 km away. It was very calm and serene at this time and an excellent place to view sunrise. It must be amongst the very few places in Goa where you can witness the sun rising over the Arabian Sea.
Visited March 2015
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