Visit Dona Paula
Located close to Panjim and overlooking the Arabian Sea, Dona Paula is one of the popular hangout destinations in Goa.
Located close to Panjim and overlooking the Arabian Sea, Dona Paula is one of the popular hangout destinations in Goa. During the tourist season, between the months of November and March, Dona Paula beats the clamour of tourists from different parts of the world which is otherwise a calm beautiful place during monsoons.
Named, during the late 17th century, after the daughter of the Portuguese Viceroy of Jaffnapatnam in Sri Lanka, Paula Amaral Antonio de Souto Maior, Dona Paula beholds a tragic history. It is said that the Portuguese Viceroy’s daughter fell in love with a local Goan fisherman but the match was unacceptable to the Viceroy. Later in the year 1682 Dona Paula threw herself off a cliff into the unforgiving Arabian Sea and thereafter the Portuguese Viceroy named the area Dona Paula, as an eternal tribute. Today the waterfront of Dona Paula in Goa is a popular hangout to couples.
At the confluence of the Goan rivers Mandovi and Zuari, Dona Paula is a must place to visit in Goa. The ruins of Cabo Fort, which was erected in 1540 and National Institute of Oceanography are some popular attractions close to Dona Paula.
Today, the Dona Paula area is home to many industrialists. The black stone statue of the young Dona Paula and her Goan lover on a rocky promontory jutting into the sea with a sweeping view of the Marmagoa Port in the background is also a popular attraction.
TimingAll days of the week 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
PREFFERED BYNature Lovers ,Photo Fanatics
TIME SPENT2 hours
ENTRY FEENo Entry Fee
Hotels near Dona Paula
Altitude0 meters above the mean sea level
Best SeasonOctober - June
LANGUAGESEnglish, Konkani and Hindi