Dona Paula beach of Goa is surrounded by two estuaries called Mandovi and Zuari and is just seven kilometers away from Panjim, the capital of Goa. The beach is an ideal place to relax and unwind, where you can dip in the cool water and bask in the warming sunshine. You can enjoy the adventurous ride on water scooter and various other water sports. The Myth Behind According to legend, the Viceroy’s daughter, Dona Paula de Menezes was in love with a poor fisherman. After facing the objections from her family she had ended her life by jumping off the cliff. Hence, the place is also called the Lovers Paradise. Moreover, it is to be believed that her spirit still continues to haunt the visitor with legends of her lover. Attractions The beach offers a magnificent and eye-catching view that attracts numerous visitors from all over the world throughout the year. The place is the residence of the Governor of Goa, which is known as Cabo Raj Bhavan and is located on the western tip of Dona Paula. Apart from this, there is a small military cemetery, which was built by British in their brief occupation of the Cabo, to daunt the French from invading Goa. Water Sports & Games It is an enjoyable experience for those who love the adventurous water sports. Dona Paula offers ultimate aquatic sports and is home to various sports clubs that offer numerous sports activities. Some of the best water sports include water-scooter rides, motor-boat rides and many others.
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