Dona Paula, Goa
Dona Paula is a tourist destination and is considered the most expensive housing area in Goa. The Dona Paula Beach is located at around 7 Kms from Panaji, Goa. The beach is known as the Lovers Paradise and is named after a Portuguese lady, Dona Paula de Menzes who was the daughter of a Viceroy of colonial India. Dona Paula is also the home for some important institutions in Goa such as Goa University, National Institute of Oceanography and also the International Centre Goa.
The beach is located on a hammer-shaped rocky headland which divides the Mandovi & Zuari estuaries. The Dona Paula Beach is usually a very calm & serene place to relax and enjoy, except during the peak season when it is crowded with tourists from around the world. There is also a popular myth that during pitch-dark nights or moonlit nights the spirit of Lady Dona Paula de Menzes arises from the seas wearing only a pearl necklace and roams the entire region in search of her lost love for whom she lost her life.
Tourists can relax on the sandy beaches bathing in the sun or induldge themselves in some shopping. Numerous vendors have their shops along the beach and sell goods ranging from clothes, hats, spices, wines & other sea goods. Tourists can also visit the Indian Arts Emporium in Dona Paula and buy some handicrafts and jewelry at the place. Dona Paula also gives a wonderful view of the Mormugao Harbour.
Accomodation is available in the form of guesthouses, hotels and beachside huts. Tourists can also enjoy a lot of watersports activities like parasailing, windsurfing, skiing, fishing, snorkeling, kayaking, water-scooter and motorboat rides.