Dona Paula is a village, and tourist destination, in the suburbs of Panaji, Goa.Dona Paula is located on the beautiful and famous sea stretch that spans from Panjim, Miramar and Dona Paula is a very famous area frequented by tourists. One of the most curious attractions in Dona Paula is a whitewashed statue perched on the rocks near the popular ferry jetty.Sculpted in 1969 by Baroness Yrse Von Leistner, there are different versions to its purpose of origin. Dona Paula is a secluded bay only 7 km from Panaji with a magnificent view of the Mormugao harbour. This idyllic rocky tourist attraction lies at the spot where the Mandovi and the Zuari rivers meet the Arabian Sea. It is easily one of the most popular spot on the itinerary of tourists visiting Goa. Dona Paula is nestled on the south side of the rocky, hammer-shaped headland that divides the Zuari and Mandovi estuaries. It is an ideal spot to relax and sunbathe. The Dona Paula monument is located on a small islet, linked to the mainland by a small bridge and a quay. Also on the islet is the "Belvedere", a Greco - Roman type of structure, from where one can view the Arabian Sea and the River Zuari.There are a number of legends behind the alleged Dona Paula Sculpture. The tourists coming here are often told fascinating stories by tourist guides.
During the tourist season Dona Paula transforms into a crowded stretch which is otherwise a calm beautiful place during monsoons. A large part of the famous Hindi movie Ek Duuje Ke Liye was shot here, popularising the place further.The Dona Paula-Mormugao Harbour Ferry takes passengers across the bay, every day of the week between the months of October and May. Water scootering facilities are also available over here. Other water sports like boating, para-sailing, water scooters, yatching, swimming, wind surfing and fishing are available in the area.
The Dona Paula Beach is also a major tourist attraction. According to a local myth, Dona Paula entombed in the Cabo Chapel, the residence of the Governor of Goa and is supposed to be seen emerging from the moonlit waves wearing only a pearl necklace. Several tourists as well as locals guided by this myth visit the beach for a glimpse of Dona Paula. The Cabo Raj Bhavan is situated at a scenic spot of Dona Paula. It is also home of a historic British war-graves cemetery. Dona Paula became a fashionable residential area and address.
It is today home to the National Institute of Oceanography, and just alongside it lie the Goa University and the International Centre Goa. It is also home to a number of hotels, small and large, and the luxury Cidade de Goa is situated in the area,The place is named after Paula Amaral Antonio de Souto Maior, a historical figure in Portuguese India
Dona Paula is the home to some of the top Industrialists and policy makers of the state. It is also the most expensive residential location in Goa along with all amenities available in this Locality.