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Dona Paula - A Trace Of Portugal!


Dona Paula, a suburb of Goa’s capital Panjim is a tourist destination frequented by many a travellers both Indian and otherwise. Although part of the city, this locality enjoys a pace that’s much slower, being situated on the outskirts and is very accessible to the airport at just 23 km.

One of the main advantages of being situated at Dona Paula during your stay at Goa is the proximity it enjoys to both the north and south giving you a more wholesome experience of the place in general. One can enjoy the party hard beaches of the north and the calm, scenic beaches of the south, all in one trip.

The name Dona Paula follows from Dona Paula de Menezes the daughter of the viceroy of Goa back during Portuguese rule. Legend has it that she threw herself off a cliff after being refused permission to marry a local fisherman. The cliff is now called Lovers Paradise at the Dona Paula beach. It’s around 7 km from Panjim.

Dona Paula beach offers ample water sports and shopping in and around the beach and in the city is to die for! Get ready to bargain, especially if you’re not from around the place. Cabs and buses regularly serve Dona Paula; one can also hire a bike or a car and drive down. Ample boards direct you, so getting around should not be an issue.

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How to Reach Dona Paula

  • By Road
    Goa can be accessed from Mumbai via the famous Mumbai � Goa highway or National Highway 17 which links Mumbai straight to Goa. Off late though, this route has fallen into disrepute on accord of there just being 2 lanes all along, one up and one down which not only is a little dangerous but also makes for a longer journey. The more convenient route is to head to Pune from Mumbai via the 8 lane expressway and then connect up to the Satara highway right till one gets to Sawantwadi on the far end of Maharashtra. Goa is just another few minutes from there. From Mumbai, Pune and other cities in Maharashtra, numerous bus services are available to Goa and very comfortable ones at that. The recommended kind to take is any service operating a low floor Volvo semi sleeper.
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  • By Train
    Goa is well connected to North, South and Central India by trains. Many travellers opt for the very convenient train plying between Mumbai and Goa with convenient departure and arrival times. What�s better, the journey is an overnight one and one barely feels it.
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  • By Air
    Dabolim Airport in South Goa is well connected to metropolitans like Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. Cabs to and from the airport are readily available. Dabolim isn�t an international or customs airport, so travellers coming in from outside India will have to transit via one of the international airports like Mumbai or Delhi.
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