The Dona Paula Beach, which is about 7 kilometres from Panjim, is the famous venue of an annual water sports festival that is held here every November.
One of the most popular beaches of Goa, numerous shacks and makeshift shops lining the beach sell everything from the traditional Goan drink feni to locally made port wine and handmade souvenirs to junk jewellery. One major draw of this beach is the Dona Paula legend. Paula, the daughter of a Portuguese nobleman is said to have jumped off a cliff to her death here. It is said that her restless spirit still wanders the beach named after her.
A statue entitled the “Image of India” depicting the Wheel of Asoka flanked by Mother India and Young India can be seen near the ferry jetty. The best time to visit the Dona Paula Beach is between the months of October and May.Image Credits: Dona Paula Beach, by Rituparna Choudhury