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Located in the western part at the coast of Arabian Sea, Goa is the smallest state by area and fourth smallest state by population. However, the state is surrounded by Maharashtra to the north and by Karnataka by east and south. Surprisingly, the state is ranked number one in terms of the GDP and hence it is the richest state of India; in addition, it is also ranked first for its infrastructure and for the best quality of life.

Goa sheltered the Portuguese people about 450 years ago from now; hence, it was a Portuguese colony. Interestingly, the older city Margao still represents the Portuguese culture. Though, the capital of Goa is Panaji but the largest city of state is Vasco da Gama.

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Geographically, the state is located in konkan region and it is separated by Western Ghats from the Deccan Plateau. It has about 101 km coastline. The major rivers that flow across the state are Mandovi, Zuari, Chapora etc. Interestingly, most of the rivers of Goa are the busiest rivers in India and total navigable length of Goa rivers is more than 250 km. Though, Goa has Tropical Monsoon Climate but it is featured with hot and humid because of its coastal location.

Tourism in Goa

Distinguished for its pristine and frisky beaches, world heritage architecture and places of worship, Goa is visited by millions of international and national tourists every year. Because of its location in the Western Ghats range, it also has rich flora and fauna; interestingly, it is classified as a biodiversity hotspot.

However, Goa Tourism is known for its excellent beaches, churches, and temples. Bom Jesus Basilica is one of the most popular attractions in Goa. Fort Aguada is also a major tourist point in the state. In recent times, a Wax Museum illustrating Indian history, culture and heritage has also inaugurated in Old Goa.

Attractions in Goa


Arambol Beach
Anjuna Beach
Baga Beach
Sinquerim Beach
Bambolim Beach
Chapora Beach
Vagator Beach
Calangute Beach
Morjim Beach
Candolim Beach
Miramar Beach
Dona Paula Beach
Bogmalo Beach
Majorda Beach
Colva Beach
Cavelossim Beach
Mobor Beach
Benaulim Beach
Varca Beach

Religious Places in Goa

Bom Jesus Basilica: Located in Old Goa, it is the UNESCO World Heritage site.
Church of Our Lady of Springs
Church of St. Anne, Talaulim
Church of St. Francis of Assisi
St. Michael's Church, Anjuna
Shanta Durga Temple
Mangueshi Temple
Mahalasa Temple
Museums in Goa

Goa State Museum
Naval Aviation Museum

National Parks & Wildlife Sanctuaries in Goa

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
Mollem Wildlife Sanctuary
Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary
Mahadeyi Wildlife Sanctuary

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