Dona Paula, positioned in the suburbs of Panaji, is one of the finest tourist destinations of Goa with many luxury hotels and institutes having made it their home. The place is named after Dona Paula de Menezes, daughter of the former Viceroy of Goa who plunged into the sea when she was refused permission to marry her lover – a local fisherman. Even today, Dona Paula beach is referred to as Lovers Paradise. This location has been a iconic spot for many Bollywood movies, known for its superlative beaches, unique locales and mysterious legends. Attractions that can be visited in Dona Paula are its beach, Vasco da Gama bay, the ‘Image of India’ statue, Cabo Raj Niwas and the National Institute of Oceanography.
Location: 7 km from Panaji, Goa, India