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A tiny emerald, nestled in the west coast of India, the magnificent kingdom of Goa, geographically stands as the smallest state and the fourth smallest state by population, in the country. Standing on the Konkan coast, the state abounds Maharashtra in its north, Karnataka in its east and south, while the Arabian Sea abounds the state in the west and is sprawled over an area of about 3,700 sq km. Goa fairly justifies the proverb, all good things comes in small packages. This beautiful island of Goa is privilege as it is crowned with many sobriquets such as ‘Pearl of the Orient’, ‘Tourist Paradise’ and the ‘Rome of the East’.

It has attained the 25th position as the state in the Union of States of India and was released from Portuguese rule in 1961. The state was also a part of the Union Territory of Goa, Daman & Diu and it was only on 30 May, 1987 that the state formed itself as a separate State.

The state has also gained value for being the richest state with its GDP, which is estimate to about two and a half times that of the country. For its impeccable beauty and infrastructure, the state has also been ranked as the best placed state by the Eleventh Finance Commission and also has ranked for its best quality life in India by the National Commission on Population supported by the 12 Indicators.

This historical city stood as the Portuguese colony in the past and has been the land of Portuguese for about 450 years and t was only in the year 1961 that they were annexed by India. The state is also popular for its world-wide famous beaches, world heritage architecture and possesses many religious places. In India, Goa is acknowledged as multifaceted jewel in the crown of the country for its eternal beauty and splendor that attracts millions of tourists every year.

Goa travel and tourism is a popular among the Indian and foreign tourists alike and for that the Goa tour packages are a perfect way of exploring the splendor of the destination in Western India.

General facts about Goa
Location: Western India
Area: 3,702 sq km
Language: Konkani, English, Hindi and Marathi
Climate: Tropical Monsoon
Major Attractions: Chapora Fort, Fort Aguada, The Secretariat, Anjuna Beach, Baga Beach, Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Basilica de Bom Jesus
Ideal Time to Visit: December to February

Tourist sightseeing in Goa
As the proverb says, ‘All good things come into small packages’, so is the tale of Goa tells about it. In this smallest state of the country, you will find the largest space to live in. it is the most sought after destination for holidaying and relaxing. Some of the interesting places to visit in Goa are Chapora Fort, Fort Aguada, The Secretariat, Anjuna Beach, Baga Beach, Calangute Beach, Candolim Beach, Cansaulim Beach, Chapora Beach, Dona Paula Beach, Majorda Beach, Miramar Beach, Vagator Beach, Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Basilica de Bom Jesus, Church & Convent of St Francis of Assisi, Church and Monastery of St Augustine, Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Se Cathedral, Sri Mangueshi Temple etc. Some of the things that the state offers you to indulge in are banana ride, go karting, jet skiing, parasailing, speedboat rides, water skiing. Here in Goa, the most popular attraction is its nightlife that can be witnessed and experienced in some of its famous bars and cafes such as 9 Bar, Aqua, Cafe Mambo, Calangute Road, Caravela Casino, Club Cubana, Club West End, Congo, Curlys Beach Shack, Flea Market, Hacienda de Oro Casino, Ingos Night Market, La Plage, Liquid Lounge, Loekie Café, Ozone, Paraiso de Goa, Rio Rico Bar, Rock Your Blues, Shore Bar, Titos, Villa Sol…to name a few.

Climate of Goa
Goa experiences a tropical monsoon type of climate which falls in the category of the Köppen climate classification. Goa falls in the tropical zone and near to the Arabian Sea, thus it bears a hot and humid type of climate for almost all the year round. In summers the days are hot with high humidity and here in the state monsoons arrive in the first week of June and with that the state takes a sigh of relief from the scorching heat of the sun and it remain here till the last week of September. The state experiences the winter season only in the month of December till February and even in this period also the climate is pleasant, soothing and mild.

How to reach Goa
Goa by Air: The state has its own airport, Dabolim which is 29 km away from the heart of the state. Goa is well connected by air from various cities in India. There are regular flights to Goa from the major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and other important cities in India.

Goa by Train: The state of Goa has two major railway stations at Vasco and Madgaon. There are also two Konkan Railway stations – Karmali and Thivam. These railheads connect the state to almost all the major and other cities of the country.

Goa by Road: The state capital Panaji is well connected by motorable roads, which connects the state to be connected with all the major cities of the country through NH 4A, NH 17, and NH 17A. The state capital also has a bus stand, where both inter-state as well as national roadway buses are available. There is regular service of the buses which ply from the neighboring state to Goa such as Maharashtra, Karnataka etc.

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