Welcome to Dona Paula


For the last 40 years, Baroness Yrsa von Leistner’s (1917–2008) whitewashed Images of India statue has graced a mock acropolis on an outcrop of rock at the end of the Dona Paula road. It portrays a couple looking off in different directions, the man towards the past and the woman towards India’s future.


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$44 Private & Custom Tours

Private, All-Inclusive Tour of Goa

After a 9am pickup at your Goa city hotel, meet your guide and travel in a private air-conditioned vehicle to reach Old Goa, also known as Velha Goa ( velha means old in Portuguese). This was the original capital of the state of Goa and the second capital city established by the Portuguese in India. It was established in 1510 and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Appreciate this slice of history as your guide shows you the Se Cathedral and the Basilica of Born Jesus UNESCO World Heritage  sites Next, visit the Mangueshi Temple, one of the largest Hindu temples in the state of Goa. It was completed in 1560 and was originally a very plain building. Over the centuries it has been renovated and expanded. Admire the current lavish temple as your guide points out key elements like the Mangesh Linga. Then continue to the Shanta Durga Temple, a large temple complex near the village of Kavalem, before touring a spice plantation in the town of Ponda. The plantation is spread over a large area where TK SPICES are grown. After receiving a traditional Aarti welcome and a garland of marigolds, tour the plantation then enjoy a buffet lunch on site including traditional Goan dishes served on a banana leaf (vegetarian options available).  After lunch, visit the Portuguese Latin Quarters in the city of Panaji, including Fontainhas (or Bairro das Fontainhas, in Portuguese). Here the Portuguese influence is easy to see in the architecture, the narrow streets, and the buildings painted in lively colors.  Continue to the village of Dona Paula near Panaji. Formerly called Oddavell, this village was re-named in honor of a beloved and generous benefactor. It is now home to the National Institute of Oceanography.  Finally, explore Panjim City, the capital of the state of Goa, on the banks of the Mandovi River, including the Baroque Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church on the main square (known as Praça da Igreja in Portuguese), colorful villas, and cobblestone streets. Then sit back and relax for the return to Goa in your private vehicle, arriving at your hotel around 5pm.

$630 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Night Luxury Vacation In Goa

In India, nowhere else will you find the laid-back life of a Goan lunchtime, the adorable charms of its people or the soothing tranquility of a day on its beaches. In Goa, a herd of water buffalo will greet you at breakfast; a lily-covered lake might provide the backdrop for your morning walk; a sea eagle will be your companion for afternoon along a deserted stretch of immaculate beach; a gorgeously spice-laden vindaloo might make your evening feast and a fiery glass of cashew-palm feni liquor your goodnight tonic. So pack your bags and be go goa gone! DAY 1: Goa (arrival) Arrive at Goa Airport by flight. The private AC cab will pick-up from airport and transfer to hotel. Check-in at hotel and relax. Evening at your leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel in Goa. Hotel: Holiday Inn Goa Resort (or similar) DAY 2: Goa (full day sightseeing) After breakfast head out for local sightseeing tour of Goa. Visit Old Goa Churches (UNESCO World Heritage Site): Se Cathedral and Basilica of Bom Jesus; Miramar Beach & Dona Paula. In the evening hangout at Panaji market. Reach back hotel by evening. Overnight stay at the hotel in Goa. Hotel: Holiday Inn Goa Resort (or similar) DAY 3: Goa (free day - no transport) After breakfast entire day at your leisure to explore the Goan beaches on your own. Goa has a vast stretch of shorelines which forms a variety of beaches. If you like crowd and fun, North Goan beaches are the most happening. If you like peace & serenity, South Goan beaches are meant for you. Reach back hotel by evening. Overnight stay at the hotel in Goa. Hotel: Holiday Inn Goa Resort (or similar) DAY 4: Goa (departure) After breakfast check-out from the hotel and transfer back to the airport for your return journey. Bid farewell with fun-filled memories of 4 amazing days spent at the happening Goa.

$87 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Sightseeing in South Goa - Churches, Beaches and Feni

Visit: WandertrailsThis one-day tour starts with an exploration of the famous churches in Old Goa. Visit the Se Cathedral, St. Augustine tower and the Basilica of Bom Jesus - the church that houses the mortal remains of the patron saint of Goa St. Francis Xavier. You would also visit a famous Shiva temple – the Mangueshi temple as well.After a long historical tour, you will now head out to one of the famous spice plantations in Goa, embark on an enlightening guided tour and learn more about the story of spices. Famished after a long walk, you’d be delighted to find a sumptuous Goan buffet lunch waiting for you here. Savour the varied Goan flavours and fulfill your experience of Goan cuisines with a drink of the famous Feni. Now, for a lazy afternoon, what would be more suited than a pleasant walk along the pristine beaches of Goa? The fact that this beach is the famous lover’s paradise called Dona Paula, a bay overlooking some breathtakingly beautiful landscapes makes it even better. After Dona Paula, you will head out for the Miramar beach, which is the stunning confluence of the Mandovi river and the Arabian Sea. Pay your respects at the tomb of Goa’s first Chief Minister located here, before you continue with your day’s events. If you’re willing to spend an extra penny, you can make a grand end to this tour with a sunset cruise. Watch the large fiery orange ball of the sun dip into the sea while you are entertained with dance and lively music on the cruise.Things to Bring: • Valid ID proof • Cap • Napkin • Sunscreen • Sunglasses • Drinking water/Refreshments

$132 Cultural & Theme Tours

Goa Private Car tour

Day 1: Arrival in GoaAfter your arrival in Goa, one of India’s top beach towns, you’ll be met by driver and transfer to hotel.Day 2: Panjim City and Old GoaYou’ll head out for a day of sightseeing. Much of the real Goa is seen inside its buildings and in the hinterland, away from the coastal area. In the morning you’ll visit Panjim City. The oldest monument in Panjim is Adil Shah's Palace, built in 1490. Visit the beautiful Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. From Altinho Hill you’ll enjoy panoramic views of Panjim. The afternoon’s tour takes you to Miramar Beach and on to Dona Paula. Along the way you’ll see the quaint fishing village of Caranzalem. The Dona Paula Bay overlooks Marmagoa, the largest natural harbor in India, and the Arabian Sea. On the return, you’ll drive down through Fountains to Old Goa, the heartland of ancient Christianity. Once a bustling metropolis, Old Goa is now in ruins. Visit the beautiful Basilica of Bom Jesus where the body of St. Francis Xavier is enshrined in a silver casket. Visit the majestic Se Cathedral, the largest church in Goa. See the bustling city of Mapusa, noted for its colorful Friday market. back to hotel.Day 3: Departure from GoaToday you’ll be transferred to the international airport for your departing flight.

$463 Cultural & Theme Tours

8 days Goa Holiday Package with Sightseeing of North,South & Palolem Beach

Day 01: Arrive Goa On your arrival in Goa airport, our spokesman will be present to receive and transfer you to the booked hotel by an air-conditioned car. The rest of the day will be for your personal leisure activities. You can take rest at the hotel room or explore the nearby places. Have a pleasant overnight stay at the hotel.Day 02: Goa Start your day with scrumptious complimentary breakfast at the hotel. Then you will be taken for sightseeing of North Goa. The major attractions we will cover are: the Churches of Old Goa (Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, etc.), Panjim city, Altinho, Dona Paula viewpoint. Post sightseeing, you will be driven back to your hotel followed by a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel.Day 03: Goa. The day will be for sightseeing of South Goa. Savour the buffet breakfast at the hotel after which you will be taken for the tour. Our driver would pick you up your sightseeing tour will begin. Get ready to see the glory of Goa with famous tourist attractions : Shri Mangeshi Temple, Shanta Durga Temples, Old Portuguese Manor, Big Foot (Ancestral Goa). On completion of today’s sightseeing you will be transferred back to your booked hotel .Day 04: Goa Get ready to visit the gorgeous golden-sand Palolem beach of Goa. It is a popular beach located at Southern part of Goa. Get carried away with the beauty of the beach with waves ebbing from the shore bringing along the cool breeze. Make the visit more fascinating by relishing delicious lunch and beverages with postcard-perfect sea side. After the excursion, return back to the hotel and enjoy overnight stay at the hotel.Day 05: Goa Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. The day is free for your personal activities. Spend it all the way you wish to by browsing the interesting nearby places or simply spending some me-time inside the hotel room. Overnight stay would be provided at the hotel.Day 06: Goa Have the delicious breakfast buffet at the hotel and then plan out the day by yourself according to personal interest. You can explore Goa more visiting its sunlit beaches and local markets. Overnight stayat the hotel.Day 07: Goa The day is free for you to spend the way you want it to. Rent a motorbike and cruise on the countryside of Goa admiring the beauty. Browse welcoming cafes offering lip-smacking local food and soak in the beachy vibes the place has to offer. Day 08: Departure from Goa After having breakfast you will be transferred to Goa airport from where you can continue your onward journey. Important: In case of unavailability at specified hotel, we would offer an alternate hotel in similar category

$831 Cultural & Theme Tours

8 days Goa Holiday Package with Temples Churches & Excursion to Palolem Beach

Day 01: Arrive Goa Our driver would pick you up from airport or railway station on your arrival in Goa. You would be driven to your booked hotel where you will have a relaxing stay during the tour. Check-in at the hotel and take some rest. The day will be for your personal activities which you can spend as per wish followed by comfortable overnight stay at the hotel.Day 02: Goa Wake up to a delicious buffet breakfast at the hotel. Next, leave for sightseeing of North Goa by our chauffeur driven air-conditioned car. The list of places you will visit are : the Churches of Old Goa (Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, etc.), Panjim city, Altinho, Dona Paula viewpoint. After the visit you will be transferred back to your hotel for overnight stay.Day 03: Goa The day will be for day long sightseeing of South Goa. Enjoy visit to the famous tourist attractions : Shri Mangeshi Temple, Shanta Durga Temples, Old Portuguese Manor, Big Foot (Ancestral Goa). Admire the beauty of gorgeous places enhancing beauty of the state. Then get back to the car and get transferred to hotel; enjoy comfortable night stay.Day 04: Goa Get ready for a fascinating full day excursion to Palolem, one of the best sparkling beaches of Goa. It lies in South Goa facing vast Arabian Sea and remote villages settling by the beach. Absorb in the spectacular atmosphere with breathtaking view and cool breeze. Then savour lunch and beverages available at the shacks on the shores. After the excursion you will be transferred back to your hotel. Enjoy overnight stay.Day 05: Goa Relish the breakfast offered by the hotel. The day is all yours to spend it the way you want to. Laze around, scout the uncovered places and indulge in trying local street food or just chill at a beautiful beach sipping Goa special drink ‘Fenni’. Overnight stay at the hotel.Day 06: Goa The day is free and you can plan it your way. Goa offers umpteen opportunities to indulge in which you will love, be it water sport activities or a windy ride on the rented bike in the countryside. The breakfast and overnight stay at hotel.Day 07: Goa Have breakfast and the day will be free for your leisure time. Have a quality time with your loved ones and enjoy the hospitality of the hotel staff. overnight stay at the hotel.Day 08: Departure from Goa The breakfast will be served by the hotel. Afterwards, you will be dropped at Goa airport by our chauffeur driven car to continue your journey. Important: -In case of unavailability at specified hotel, we would offer an alternate hotel in similar category

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