Dona Paula is located 7 kms from Panaji and is also famously known as Lover’s Paradise. The name is based on a romantic myth, named after Dona Paula de Menezes, who is said to have hurled herself off a cliff into the ocean when she was forbidden to marry a local Goan fisherman, Gaspar Dias.
The airport at Dabolim is 28 kms away, and a cab from the airport takes approximately 45 mins to reach Dona Paula. The nearest railway station is 18 kms away at Karmali, and prepaid taxis can be booked just outside the main station. The closest bus stand is the Panaji bus stand about 7 kms away. Buses take longer owing to multiple stops along the way. Getting around in Dona Paula is best done on foot or rented two wheelers, which are easily available in the area.