Santa Paula Tourism & Travel Guide

A highly sought-after globetrotter destination, Dona Paula is a secluded bay located just 7km away from Panaji, the capital city of Goa. There are a number of hotels and resorts in the area, so travellers are well taken care of. While in the town, there are captivating places to witness and a variety of fascinating activities to indulge in. Also, the picturesque location and beauty of the place is undoubtedly a major attraction. Initially known as Oddavell, Dona Paula derived its current name much later. Situated on a breathtakingly beautiful sea stretch, Dona Paula is now a popular tourist destination. It holds the renowned National Institute of Oceanography, which is a must visit. It is serene and alluring during the monsoon season, and numerous movies have been filmed here. While in Dona Paula, Cabo Fort and Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary are the two must visit spots. The spectacular views and prepossessing beaches give Dona Paula the status of the ideal place to relax and sunbathe.
January,February,March,November,December
3 Days
Seen and Unseen Goa: South to Old in 30 Hours

Whenever you leave Goa, you leave with a lust to get back here again. After my last visit in July...

Munish
Vitamin SEA : GOA - Resistance is futile  !!

LPK (source: Internet)Club Cabana (Source: Internet)Source: InternetDona PaulaDona Paula........A...

Aditya Sen
9 Days
Goa - A Tramper's Diary:Not just Booze and Parties!

Taking Life Lessons off a trip :) "There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture ...

Saloni Sikdar
5 Days
Gorgeous Goa
18.0k Views
Gorgeous Goa

When one thinks of Goa, the first thing that comes to your mind is the beach. But there’s a lot m...

Vidushi Kara
The Other Side Of Goa

Goa!!! The name surely gets your heart racing and you go thinking about a all girl's or all boy'...

Ritusree exploring
3 Days
My trip to Goa!
6.8k Views
My trip to Goa!

It was our last semester in college and we had been postponing the Goa trip for some reason or th...

Madhumita Chatterjee

Dona Paula Beach
7 km from Panaji Centre, Lovers Paradise, Panaji
Odxel Beach
Near the Bainguinim Town, Panaji
O Pescador Beach Resort
Near Dona Paula Jetty, Dona Paula, GA, India
Situated very close to the beautiful Dona Paula Jetty, this is one of the most popular places to stay up during your visit to this city. This is a basic resort but is very clean and comfortable to stay in. They have a private beach which seems to be the best attraction in such an ordinary place. They also have options for AC and Non- AC rooms and also a restaurant. the food at the private restaurant is quite costly and so it is wiser to have your meals outside where you get he best of everything at much lower rates. The resort is also in a very quiet location and thus ideal for people who like to keep it that way.
Sao Jacinto Island
Panaji Vasco Highway, 5 Km from Bogmalo Beach, Panaji


Hampi
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Hampi (Hampe) is a village and temple town recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, listed as the Group of Monuments at Hampi in northern Karnataka, India. It is situated within the ruins of the city of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. Predating the city of Vijayanagara, Hampi continues to be an important religious centre, housing the Virupaksha Temple and several other monuments belonging to the old city. Hampi is situated on the banks of the Tungabhadra River. It is 353 km from Bangalore. The extant monuments of Vijayanagara or Hampi can be divided into Religious, Civil & Military buildings. The Jain temples on Hemakuta hill, the two Devi shrines and some other structures in the Virupaksha temple complex predate the Vijayanagara Empire. Hampi tourism has special importance for the Hanuman devotees, as mythical Kishkinda, the monkey kingdom was located here. You can see plenty of motifs and carvings of Hanuman all around the sites of which some are brilliantly colourful.
Kolhapur
Best time to visit - February,March,April,May,June,July
Kolhapur, in Maharashtra, is a land of temples and regal palaces. The most revered of them is the Mahalaxmi Temple, which has a simple yet fascinating structure. Other temples here are the Temlabai temple, Jyotiba temple and the Bimkhambi Ganesh temple. The Shri Chhatrapati Shahu Museum, which was once the residence of the first Maharaja of the Maratha Empire, is a vivid display of artefacts representing the ancient history of the city. Take a walk through history at the Panhala Fort, which is an imposing fortification believed to have housed Chhatrapati Shivaji himself. Kolhapur is known for its spicy array of Maharashtrian food. Try some of the local delicacies at Padma Guest House, Waman Guest House and Parakh. Being a bustling tourist destination, Kolhapur has a lot to offer when it comes to lodging for all types of budget travellers. Don't forget to take back the local Kolhapuri Chappals, that make for lovely traditional footwear.
Ratnagiri
Best time to visit - January,February,June,July,August,September,November,December
A lovely city in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, Ratnagiri is a port city surrounded by the beautiful Sahyadri Hills. If this is your first time here, you'll be spoilt for choice. Ganapatipule Beach makes for a great visit and is perfect for a leisurely afternoon. There is a Ganesh temple right next to the beach that is also worth a visit. The Ratnadurg or Bhagwati Fort, which is a beautiful structure constructed in a horseshoe shape, surrounded by the Arabian Sea, is also a beautiful place to check out. Thebaw Palace is another lovely touristy spot where the Burma King Thebaw was imprisoned. The palace is built in Pagoda style and is a must see. Bhatyachi Khadi is where the river meets the sea; the village near this place is Bhatye known as Bhatyachi Khadi. If you're here from March to June, do pick up some juicy Alphonso mangoes that the city is famous for. There are a lot of other scenic cities around Ratnagiri and depending on your mood, you can choose any of the cities to spend your vacations.
Mahabaleshwar
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,October,November,December
Of panoramic views, perennial waterfalls and picturesque landscapes, Mahabaleshwar stands out as the largest and most popular hill station in the Western Ghats. Owing to comfortable temperatures, Mahabaleshwar is thronged by tourists throughout the year, except during the four months of heavy monsoons from June to September. Being the erstwhile summer capital of the Bombay presidency during the British Raj, this place has a lot to offer — spectacular sunrise and sunset viewpoints, popular one-day treks to go on, and boating at the Venna Lake. Additionally, tourists can retrospect history at the centuries-old Pratapgad Fort and savour some toothsome jams and marmalades at the Mapro Garden. One must not miss out on the famous corn patties and strawberry cream when in Mahabaleshwar. Should you visit in March, you will be lucky to witness the gastronomically delightful Strawberry Festival that takes place every year. Plan a weekend getaway to this hill station and you will be impressed.
Satara
Best time to visit - January,February,October,November,December
The seven hills surrounding Satara give this picturesque district its name. Home to the popular Panchgani and Mahableshwar, Satara in Maharashtra is perfect for a rejuvenation holiday. If you are here for a holiday, do visit the scenic Kaas Plateau overlooking the Kaas Lake. Though it is a popular spot, you may be disappointed with the lack of good eating places. It's best to head here after breakfast. Another wonderful tourist spot is the Thoseghar Waterfalls. Located about 25 km from Satara, these lovely waterfalls offer the most stunning views during monsoon. Also the highest waterfall in Maharashtra, Thoseghar should definitely be on your itinerary. If you have more time, then head to the village of Bamnoli, located 50 km away, where you can enjoy boating in the Shivsagar Lake. There are tons of places to visit in Satara district so do choose your destinations in accordance to the kind of holiday you'd like to take.
Canacona
It was during this time of the month that there was a festival in Canacona town that had a 2 km long procession of people on the road blocking the only highway to Bangalore. Our bus left at 6 PM, and at 1 AM the next day, we were still in Goa, stuck on the highway.My friend and I got out, saw that 12 other buses and other vehicles were stranded on the road with no access to a washroom or restaurant. Someone had allowed the people to let their procession onto the road illegally. Since I had worked previously at RedFM and NDTV, I managed to get the ACP of Goa on the phone. He blabbered something about his superior giving the go-ahead and I gave him a mouthful and a peace of my mind. It was my friend and I who drove the police to move the people out of the way so that the buses could continue.Finally, at around 2:15 AM, we managed to get the buses moving with every driver thanking me along the way. I had verbally yelled at the ACP enough for him to turn off his phone for the entire night. We got onto the bus, told the driver that he needed to drive his best. Because of how tired we were, we dozed off instantly. The next morning at 7 AM, we were miraculously in Bangalore! This is one of those few moments in a lifetime that I am immensely proud of. As a journalist, I felt I'd done my duty. I had even sat in one of the police cars and told them I wouldn't leave until they cleared the road for us. Believe it or not, that's what finally worked!As much as we didn't touch the usual in Goa, it felt complete. I'd spent years looking at beaches in Goa, but never had a chance to explore the underrated. And this time, I did it. It felt absolutely complete. But, a few days after reaching back, I realized that there's a whole lot more I hadn't discovered. And that's something I did on my next trip to Goa, but more on that next time!Here's a short compilation of one of my trips to Goa! Please like, share, and subscribe!
Dona Paula

Search Flights

Book Dona Paula Tour Package

Your Enquiry has been sent successfully