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Dona Paula

This is a very popular tourist spot by the sea off the shoreline about 9kms southwest of Panaji  lying along the south side of the headland that lies between the estuaries of the Zuari and the Mandovi rivers  as they merge with the Arabian sea .

The name "Dona Paula"  is reportedly  derived from the name of  the daughter of  one of Goa's Portuguese Viceroys,  who threw herself off the cliff  after she was refused permission to marry a local fisherman with whom she fell in love.

Today it is a very popular tourist vista point that offers a view of Mormugao harbor and during summer, there is a service by boat from Dona Paula to Vasco da Gama across the bay.

By the ferry jetty, there is a whitewashed statue  sculpted by Baroness Von Leister; aptly named "Image of India". It depicts a couple both facing opposite directions, the man towards the nations past and the woman towards the future. 

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View from the Jetty The vista point Day's Catch

Approach

There are a number of buses that run from  Panaji to Dona Paula. The nearest interstate bus station is at  Panaji KTC bus station at Patto.

Accommodations

There are a number of excellent nearby accommodations.

Local Infrastructure

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Nearby banks

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Post office - Post office, Dona Paula.

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Police Station - Police Station, Panaji.

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Restaurants

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Nearby internet Cafes

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Hospitals - Goa Medical College Hospital, Panaji & Bambolim. Tel: 223026 (Casualty)

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Drug store / Pharmacy

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