Dona Paula Beach, Goa
Dona Paula beach is about 3-4 miles from Panaji. The Bay of Dona Paula is where two of Goa's rivers, the Zuari and the Mandovi, meet the Arabian Sea. A former fishing village, it has a nice view of Marmagao Harbour.
There are a few romantic myths associated with Dona Paula. One is that Paulo was a poor fisherman and Dona was in love with him. Her family objected to their union and one - or both - jumped off the cliff, ending their lives.
Another myth is that Dona was married to Paulo, a poor fisherman. He ventured out to sea and never returned. Dona, the dutiful wife, waited for him at the jetty for so many years that she finally turned into stone, which explains the stone statue at the jetty.
There are other myths and also the truth, which doesn't seem to be as intersting (or romantic) as any of the myths. In any case, you'll have to climb to the top of the cliff to see the statue and surrounding view.
This place is packed with tourists. Getting in on a single lane road is a challenge. Tons of restuarants and stalls all selling various Goa t-shirts and souvenirs. I'm not so sure I'd go out of my way to go here; there are plenty more intersting things to see in Goa.
Dona Paula is just south of the capital Panjim. Its a lovely sandy cove, but its better known for the rocks at the end of the jetty. Local legend says two young lovers, whose families did not want them to wed, committed suicide by diving from the rocks. In the evenings lots of young couples flock here for the sunset.
The Dona Paula beach in Goa is associated with a love story between a rich Portuguese girl named Dona Paula de Menezes, who was the daughter of a viceroy of Colonial Goa, and who committed suicide by throwing herself from the cliff at this beach because she was not allowed to marry a local fisherman named Gaspar Dias she loved. Because of the romantic story associted with it , it is also called the Lovers' Paradise and one can see flocks of love birds spending time here every evening. There is still the myth that the beach is haunted by the spirit of Dona Paula and on moonlit nights she is still seen to be emerging from the waves. This has attracted lot of tourists to visit and continue visiting the place on evenings. This is the reason why this beach is more popular in the evenings.
Many bollywood movies have been shot here and the love story has also been the inspiration to the story of many Bollywood stories. The beach also has a long flea market where local vendors sell various items ranging from food and drinks to home decoratives made from sea shells for cheap price. There is also an Indian Arts Emporium in Dona Paula which sells Indian handicrafts and jewelery.
There is a sculpture made of Dona Paula and Gaspar Dias on the Cliff at Dona Paula beach.
Two famous rivers of Goa, the Zuari and the Mandovi meet the Arabian Sea at this secluded bay. Once a silent village, it is today one of the most commercialized areas of Goa. It offers a fine view of Marmugao Harbour. The Dona Paula sculpture offers a number of legends, all totally romanticised. All this, plus the water sports below, all attract thousands of tourists. The plaque below the white sculpture reads:
LEAD ME FROM UNTRUTH TO TRUTH
FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT
AND FROM DEATH TO IMMORTALITY
First Written: Oct., 2010
At the place where two of Goa's famous rivers meet the Arabian Sea is the secluded bay of Dona Paula with a fine view of the Marmagoa Harbour.
This beach of Goa carries with it an aura of both romance and myth - haunted by Dona Paula de Menezes; tourists throng the Dona Paula beach not only in search of the deceased beloved, 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 enjoy water scootering and motar boat rides.
A pleasant viewpoint near Panjim offering spectacular sunsets and watersport.This is a place where locals and visitors gather all day around to see and be seen.