Temperature: Sun-seekers should book their holidays to Dona Paula in May, when the mercury peaks in the low to mid-thirties. For slightly less intense heat, book your break between October and January, when the temperature hovers in mid to high 20s (°C).
Although this resort has a classic tropical climate, the monsoon season hits between June and September. The rest of the year varies from comfortably warm to very hot, allowing you to take your break whenever you like. The best time to visit is during the winter months, when you’ll get plenty of sunshine and far less humidity.
Water babies: With an average sea temperature of 28°C, it’s easy to spend all day in the warm, turquoise ocean, whether you’re snorkelling in it or zipping across it on water skis.
Families: Play on the beach all day or plan exciting daytrips and sailing adventures out at sea.
Nature lovers: The magnificent scenery is filled with attractions for nature lovers, with wildlife-rich national parks and jungles waiting to be explored.
More about Dona Paula
Language: The primary language spoken here is Konkani, although India’s official languages, Hindi and English, are widely understood.
Currency: You’ll need to exchange your Sterling for Rupees, before jetting off on your Dona Paula holidays.
Local time: Dona Paula is 5.5 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Goa International Airport, also known as Dabolim Airport, is about 26km from the resort.
Flight time from UK: The flight time to Dona Paula is 9.5 hours.
Tourist Information: Further tourist information can be found at www.goatourism.gov.in/destinations/other-attractions/179-dona-paula.
Visa / Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/india for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday.
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By bus: The nearest bust station is 6km from Dona Paula Beach, in Panaji. Buses are regular, appearing around every 15 minutes. State buses aren’t air-conditioned and can get very crowded. For a more comfortable ride, pay the extra and hop on one of the luxury buses that operate in the area.
By taxi: Fixed price taxis are on hand at the beach, hotels and local attractions. Make sure you check the price before you hop in, as most taxi drivers don’t use meters.
By motorcycle: The motorcycle taxis are unique to the resort, offering a handy way to make a zippy journey, but one person at a time. Motorcycles are available to hire if you fancy a go yourself, but don’t forget: you’ll need a licence.
Summer celebrations: The beach is a hotspot for a variety of festivals and celebrations, such as the Hindu celebration of Janmashtami. Held in September, this is an exciting experience for visitors, where locals turn out in crowds to take part the colourful festivities, feasts and dancing.
Beach party: Not to be outdone in the celebration stakes, September also sees the Feast of St Lawrence taking place on the beach. One of the most important Christian festivals on the local calendar, expect a colourful whirlwind of parades and parties hitting the town for three days.