Discover Goa

With strong Portuguese influences, Goa has music, culture, dance, and fun running through its very veins. This culture has been the cornerstone for the rising hospitality industry in the state with a plethora of hotels across all price ranges. Moreover, the varied landscape interspersed with hills, rivers, and lush green fields make the state more scenic too. Good quality roads connecting even the remote corners of the state make it easy for the traveller to explore. With the mighty Arabian Sea on the west and the majestic Sahyadri mountains on the East, Goa is a travellers’ paradise.

Getting to Goa:

Goa is well connected by air, rail and road with major cities in India. Connected by air with some international destinations also

Goa Map

Area

Goa is a fairly small state, with around 4,000 square kilometres packed with an abundance of beaches, hills, fields, valleys, and bright Goan houses.

Population

Goa has a population of around 1.5 million happy, fun loving and hospitable people. People speak English, Konkani, Hindi and Marathi. You will also find some enthusiastic retailers speaking in Russian.

Altitude

Sea-level to 1,022 metres above sea level

Neighbouring states of Goa

Goa shares its borders with Maharashtra in the north – Sindhudurg district and the Belgaum and Karwar districts of Karnataka to the east and south of the state. The majestic Arabian Sea borders the state to the west.

Major Rivers of Goa

Tiracol, Chapora, Mandovi, Zuari, Sal and Talpona

Popular Beaches of Goa

Arambol, Mandrem, Morjim, Vagator, Anjuna, Baga, Calangute, Sinquerim, Miramar in the north and Majorda, Betalbatim, Colva, Benaulim, Varca, Cavelossim and Palolem in the south

Food and restaurants in Goa

There is a large variety of food options and restaurants in Goa. You will get all kinds of cuisines in Goa – Indian, Chinese, Italian, French, Thai, Burmese, European and so much more. The popular and staple food is fish. The fish thali is a must try and is available at many small and large restaurants.

Wildlife & bird Sanctuaries in goa

With the abundance of nature, there are several wildlife and bird sanctuaries to visit in Goa. The Charao Island houses the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. To the east, there is the Bondla zoo and the Mollem wildlife sanctuary close to the Dudhsagar waterfalls in the eastern part of the state.

Popular Festivals of Goa

Goa is a magnet for festivals – some religious and some for the fun. For the past few years, Goa has been host to the Sunburn and Supersonic music festivals. Christmas and Ganesh Chaturthi are the biggest festivals. Then there is the carnival, San Jaoa festival, and Bonderam. There is also the wine festival, cashew festival, food and cultural festival, IFFI and many more reasons to celebrate.

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