Dona Paula Beach is 7 km from Panaji. The beach is named after Dona Paula de Menzes, daughter of a viceroy (in colonial India), who threw herself from the cliff when refused permission to marry a local fisherman, Gaspar Dias. The myth says that Dona Paula is buried in the Cabo Chapel of the Raj Bhawan and is supposed to be seen emerging from the moonlit waves wearing only a pearl necklace. With the romance and myth attached to it - haunted by Dona Paula de Menzes - tourists throng the Dona Paula Beach not only in search of the deceased beloved, but also to indulge in water sports on the clear waters.
The Dona Paula Beach offers an opportunity for tourists to have a sunbath and buy beachfront property at low prices from local vendors.