The Dona Paula beach was named so in the memory of the Portuguese Viceroy’s daughter Dona Paula de Menezes after her death when her father failed to accept her love with the local Goan fisherman.
A statue of Dona Paula and her Goan lover can be seen on the headland of the sea along with the Mormugao port. Dona Paula is famous for the residences of the rich and ostentatious people of Panjim. It attracts people with its pristine ocean, natural charm and the tragic and romantic history behind it.
Other attractions in that area include the Cabo Fort, National Oceanography Institute, Marine Biology Museum and so on.Dona Paula is also famous for activities like windsurfing, water skiing, Para sailing, motor boat experiences etc.
Fort Aguada is a monument that depicts the Portuguese architecture that was built in three years, from 1609 to 1612. ‘Aguada’ is a Portugese word for a place where water is collected. It had a cistern which stored almost 2,000,000 gallons of water, along with a tenacious fortress, secret passages with a storage space for up to 200 cannons. Fort Aguada is an example for typical Portuguese military architecture.
The Aguada Fort homes a marvellous four storeyed lighthouse. Built in 1864, it is one of the oldest of its kind in Asia. In 1976, when the lighthouse was no longer operative, a new lighthouse was built. This new lighthouse is known as the Aguada Lighthouse and is open for tourists.
A part of Aguada Fort is transformed into a prison that homes criminals involved in narcotics, drug dealing and human trafficking. It is one of the biggest jails in Goa and is still in use. Hence, it is closed to the public.
The Taj Aguada Hotel is a lavish hotel located in the fort. It can be seen in a number of Bollywood movies.
The Agonda Beach is a long and lonely 3 kilometre stretch of peaceful beach, in the south of Goa.This beach is quite contrary to the other beaches in Goa that are filled with exuberant tourists, souvenir shops or the ravishing nightlife. One will instead come across fishermen with their catches, people jogging along the beach, yogis practising yoga, or some tourists enjoying their swim in the magnificent Arabian Sea.
The Agonda Beach is 9 kilometres north of the busy Palolem Beach and motorbikes are said to be the best way to get to the place.
Accommodation also varies from luxury villas to small beach huts set in lush gardens.
Situated in the southern part of Goa, the Palolem Beach is one of the most famous beaches in the state, and is known for parties and enticing nightlife.With a 1.5 kilometre long beach line bordered by coconut palms and bamboo beach huts, Palolem Beach offers a spectacular view of the Arabian Sea in its deep sapphire shade. A long walk or a refreshing dip can make the day more exhilarating.
Dolphin spotting followed by a traditional Indian cuisine is also well known in Palolem beach.
Palolem Beach is famous for its dazzling nightlife. Places like ‘Silent Noise Disco’ spark off in the dark, and hence make the place more interesting.Other adventurous activities can be canyoning, trekking, riding etc.
Basilica of Bom Jesus
Being the most famous and applauded church in Goa, The Bom Jesus Basilica is also one of the most worshipped churches by Christians worldwide. Partially ruined, it is a classic example of Jesuit architecture.The Bom Jesus Basilica is located in Old Goa and is 10 kilometres east of Panaji. It is a World Heritage Monument.
Completed in 1605, the over 400 year old church houses the body of St Francis Xavier. Public viewing of the body happens once in 10 years and that event attracts millions of pilgrims from different countries. The church also has an art showroom attached to it.