Dona Paula is a village near Panaji in Goa.
The beach is near popular Taj Resort and surrounded by popular resorts.
The place is named after Dona Paula Amaral Antónia de Souto Maior, a historical figure in Portuguese India.
Dona Paula was a woman of charity, and is known to have helped the villagers and worked a lot for their betterment. Hence after her death, the villagers decided to rename the village as Dona Paula. Initially, the village was called Oddavell.
The Raj Bhavan of Goa (Palacio do Cabo)is situated at a scenic spot in Dona Paula. The area is also the location of a historic British war-graves cemetery.
There are plenty of luxury beach resorts in the area.