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This is a picture of the shore line from the cliff of Dona Paula in the Indian state of Goa.

The place is named after Paula Amaral Antonio de Souto Maior, a historical figure in Portuguese India. She was the daughter of the Portuguese Viceroy of Jaffnapatnam, in Sri Lanka. She and her family arrived in Goa in 1644 and she married a Fidalgo from Spain in 1656. Her husband was Dom Antonio Souto Maior. They were an extremely affluent family, and the entire property from the present day Cabo Raj Nivas all the way to Caranzalem belonged to the Souto Maiors. She died on December 16, 1682.
Dona Paula was a woman of charity and is known to have helped the villagers and worked a lot for their betterment, so after her death, the villagers decided to re-name the village as Dona Paula. Initially the village was called Oddavell.

The Dona Paula Beach is also a major tourist attraction. The Cabo Raj Bhavan is situated at a scenic spot of Dona Paula. It is also home of a historic British war-graves cemetery. Though India became independent in 1947 Goa became a part of India in 1961 when the Portuguese rule ended
The white building with blue windows is presently the residence of the Governor of Goa known as the Cabo Raj Bhavan.
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  • Copyright: Subho Banerjee (Subhogen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 411 W: 14 N: 908] (4065)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2012-09-24
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/11, 1/600 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-01-21 1:15
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