Dona Paula is one of the most Famous and attractive tourist destinations in Goa. Dona Puala is known as lovers spot. Dona Paula is named after Paula Amaral Antonio de Souto Maior, a historical figure in Portuguese India. She was the daughter of the Portuguese Viceroy of Jaffnapatnam, in Sri Lanka. She ad her Family arrived in Goa in 1644 and she married a Fidalgo from Spain in 1656. Her husband was Dom Antonio Souto Maior. They were an extremely affluent family, and the entire property from the present day Cabo Raj Nivas all the way to Caranzalem belonged to the Souto Maiors. She died on December 16, 1682.
Dona Paula was a woman of kind heart who have helped the villagers and worked a lot for their betterment, after her death, the villagers decided to re-name the village as Dona Paula.
Dona Paula, Goa (Photo Courtesy By Goacom Team)