A watersports haven with North Goan village charm, holidays to Dona Paula provide a world-away feel in easy reach of action and adventure.

Laidback living

One of North Goa's more serene spots, Dona Paula's a great place to relax and recharge when on holiday to India. This former fishing village knows how to wow visitors, too, with a swoon-worthy beach, fascinating colonial-era architecture and bustling street stalls all close at hand.

As seen on screen

The local beach has starred in several Bollywood movies, so it attracts a fair-sized crowd of locals. Watersports are a big attraction too, or you can simply cruise the calm waters and watch the sunset. Traditional shacks serve spicy seafood snacks and milky chai tea to passersby.

Historic haven

There's plenty to see around these parts. UNESCO-protected SeCathedral and Basilica of Bom Jesus are each a 30-minute drive away and well worth the trip. Just a 15-minute drive from Dona Paula is the rustic Latin Quarter, Fontainhas. Steeped in Portuguese charm, it features colourful winding lanes and mosaic-tiled al fresco restaurants.

Master the waves

Whether you're in the market for a lunchtime cruise or a thrilling jet-skiing adventure, Dona Paula's coast is the place to be. Grab your oar, board or boat and work up a good appetite. Then round off the day with a mouthwatering Goan curry.

At a Glance

  • Take a tour of UNESCO world heritage sites
  • Kayak along the coast to work up an appetite for dinner
  • Watch the sun go down from a beachfront bar