Dona Paula seashore extends from Panjim to the Miramar beach. It is an old fishing village named after Dona Paula Menezes e Souto Maior, a legendary character. The rocky beach is an excellent tourist destination due to its scenic view. Here the old fishermen can delight you with amazing love stories between Dona Paula the daughter of the then viceroy and a fisherman.As Dona Paula was a kind lady who used to help the people, after her death the villagers decided to name the village after her. Located 7 Km away from Panaji, Dona Paula is one of the most famous beaches in Goa. If you want to buy some locally produced showpieces, visit the beachside stalls that offer an excellent variety of straw hats, handkerchiefs, feni, port wine, etc.
On the beach, you can indulge in watersports like kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, and yachting. You can also visit many tourist attractions around the Dona Paulabeach, such as the National Institute of Oceanography, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, and Cabo Fort. Dona Paula is home to a number of hotels and luxury resorts. Also, the Goa University and the International Centre of Goa are located at a stone throw distance from the beach.
From the Dona Paula viewpoint, you can witness a whitewashed statue perched on the rocks. Located near the ferry jetty, the statue was sculpted by Yrsa Von Leistner in 1969. The statue named "Image of India" depicts the figures of Mother India and Young India.