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Goa

 

Variously known as "Pearl of the Orient" and a "Tourist Paradise", the state of Goa is located on the western coast of India in the coastal belt known as Konkan.The magnificent scenic beauty and the architectural splendours of its temples, churches and old houses have made Goa a firm favourite with travellers around the world.

'Now our road takes us to the magnificent kingdom of Goa.The people of this kingdom are strong, prudent and very hardworking. The kingdom of Goa is the most important in India.It is civilized, having famous orchards and water. It is the coolest place in India and it is the most plentiful in foodstuffs.'

'The white people make a practice of going to the kingdom of Goa to enjoy the shade and the groves of trees and to savour the sweet betel.'

These revealing remarks on Goa come not from the hippies or 'flower power' generation of the sixties and early seventies who thronged the beaches of Anjuna, Vagator and Arambol in search of salvation and 'peace'. These remarks were made over five centuries ago by the Portuguese Ambassador to China who visited Goa around the year 1511. They serve as a vivid precursor to the generations that followed in our times to the fabled land of Goa.

In those tumultuous and rebellious times in the sixties, it was then not the 'sweet betel' that was the prime attraction but a different kind of 'weed'. But Goa, since those days of the angry generation, has moved on to attract a multitudinous, peaceful and cosmopolitan school of visitors from all around the globe.

 

Area

The state of Goa covers an area of 3,702 sq. km.

 

Capital of Goa

Panaii is the capital of Goa.

 

Natural Resources

 

Rivers

The major rivers flowing through the state are Mandovi, Zuari, Terekhol, Chapora and Betul. The other major rivers include the Tiracol, Chapora, Sal and the Talpona.

 

Forests

The state has a total forest cover of more than 1,424 sq. km covering almost one-third of the total area. Forests provide important products namely bamboo, Maratha barks, chillar barks and bhirand. These are of great economic value for rural mass. Coconut trees are present in almost the whole of Goa except in the upper regions. Goa’s vegetation also includes cashew, mango, jackfruits and pineapples.

 

Minerals

Goa is rich in mineral resources. Major minerals include iron ore, manganese, ferro-manganese, bauxite and silica sand. Iron and manganese mining industries are the backbone of Goa’s economy.

 

Beaches

  •     Arambol Beach
  •     Baga Beach
  •     Palolem Beach
  •     Calangute
  •     Benaulim
  •     Candolim
  •     Chapora Beach
  •     Dona Paula
  •     Miramar, Panaji
  •     Anjuna Beach
  •     Vagator Beach
  •     Varca Beach
  •     Majorda Beach
  •     mobor Beach
  •     Cavelossim Beach
  •     Vagator Beach
  •     Nerul or Cocco Beach
  •     Lorenz-way Beach

How to reach

By Air

Dabolim Airport in South Goa is well connected to metropolitans like Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. Cabs to and from the airport are readily available. Dabolim isn’t an international or customs airport, so travellers coming in from outside India will have to transit via one of the international airports like Mumbai or Delhi.