Dona Paula Pier



Distance from Panjim: 
8 km
North Goa
Dona Paula

Dona Paula is nestled on a rocky, hammer shaped headland. This former fishing village has now turned into a commercialized location for many beach resorts and restaurants. With romance and myth attached to it, tourists throng the Dona Paula beach and Jetty in search of the mystery, besides indulging in various water sports activities. It is also the place where the two famous rivers Zuari and Mandovi meet the Arabian sea. This rock face has a panoramic view of the Arabian sea and the Marmugao harbor can be seen at a distance. There are various myths associated with the history of this place, but the alternative version that contradicts all the myths is that, Dona is the title given to married women according to Portuguese customs and Paula Amaral Antonio de Souto Maior, the lady associated with the myths was the daughter of the Portuguese Viceroy of Jaffnapatnam, in Sri Lanka. She and her family arrived in Goa in 1644 and she married a Fidalgo from Spain in 1656. Her husband was Dom Antonio Souto Maior. She belonged to a rich and an extremely affluent family. She later passed away on December 16, 1682. Dona Paula was a woman of charity and is known to have helped the villagers and worked a lot for their betterment, hence after her death, the villagers re-named the village as Dona Paula. Previous to this the village Dona Paula was called Oddavell.

What's nearby?

  • Airport
  • Bus stop
  • Hotel
  • Lifeguard
  • Parking
  • Public restroom
  • Railway station
  • Restaurant
  • Shack
  • Smoking allowed
  • Taxi/Cab