Goa Tour Guide

Goa Travel Guide & Travel Infrmation

In terms of area, Goa is the smallest state in India. Lying on the shorelines of Western India, the state of Goa forms a part of the region known as the Konkan. The capital of the state is Panjim or Panaji. Till 1961, Goa remained as a Portuguese colony and it ranks as one of the most favorite tourist destinations for both Indian and foreign travelers for its world heritage architecture, diversity of animal and plant life, picturesque seashores, and religious sites. Goa is considered as a popular ecotourism site in the country as well and is dubbed as the “Orient of the East” or “Pearl of the East”.

Geographical location of Goa

The state of Goa is precisely situated in between 14°53′54″ North and 15°40′00″ North latitudes and 73°40′33″ East and 74°20′13″ East longitudes. The state shares its boundaries with the state of Karnataka to the south and east, Maharashtra in the north, and the Arabian Sea in the west.
The state of Goa is split into two districts: South Goa and North Goa. A district collector oversees every district, who is essentially an executive assigned by the Government of India.

North Goa

The headquarters of North Goa district are located at Panaji. This district can be additionally subcategorized into four divisions – Bicholim, Panaji, Ponda and Mapusa. There are six taluks – Bardez (Mapusa), Tiswadi (Panaji), Bicholim, Pernem, Ponda and Sattari (Valpoi).

South Goa

The headquarters of South Goa district are situated in Margao. This district can be additionally split into three parts – Mormugao (Vasco da Gama), Margao, and Quepem. There are six taluks as well and they are Salcete (Margao), Mormugao, Canacona (Chaudi), Quepem, Dharbandora, and Sanguem.

Some interesting facts and figures about Goa

  • Area: 3,702 km2 (1,429 sq miles).
  • Elevation: The highest point in Goa is Songsogor which has an elevation of 1,167 meters.
  • Climate: The state features a tropical monsoon weather and it comes under the Koppen climate categorization. As a result of the proximity to the Arabian Sea and its situation in the tropical area, the state features a warm and humid weather for the major part of the year. May is the warmest month in the year and the mercury often rises to 95°F or 35°C along with a significant amount of humidity. The lowest temperature during summer is 24°C. The beginning of June marks the arrival of the rainy season and brings a lot of relief from the warm summer temperatures. The rainy season continues till September. The winter is small and starts from the middle of December to February. During the daytime, the temperature in the winter months can go up to 82°F (28°C) and in the nighttime, the minimum temperature documented is 70°F (21°C).
  • Rainfall: Goa witnesses a mean rainfall of 250-300 cm every year.
  • Largest city: Vasco Da Gama
  • Capital city: Panjim
  • Population: 1,457,723 (2011)
  • Chief Minister: Manohar Parrikar
  • Languages spoken: Hindi, Konkani, English, Urdu, Marathi, Kannada and Portuguese.
  • Best season to visit: From October to March.

State symbols

  • Animal: Gaur
  • Bird: Black-crested bulbul
  • Tree: Matti

The major places of interest in the state of Goa

Goa is currently the most happening tourist destination in India. This captivating tourist spot has been attracting international visitors for centuries. Initially, Goa was a Portuguese settlement and the legacy is still evident in many areas of the state, starting from the cuisines, architectural wonders, dialects and definitely, the inhabitants. Stunning beaches and vibrant nightlife add to its attraction. The peaceful ambience of the area is a top charm for visitors who are looking for an ideal seaside vacation. The climate of the place is ideal for vacationing. In spite of the fact that it is the smallest state in India, the GDP of Goa is quite high as compared to the Indian mean, courtesy the phenomenally growing travel and tourism sector of the state. There are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Goa and they are the churches and convents of Old Goa and the Bom Jesus Basilica. In addition, there are a lot of historic architectural sites, major religious hubs, and museums. The most visited tourist attractions in Goa are as follows: Read More….

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How to Reach Goa

By Air: The busiest airport in the state of Goa, Goa International Airport, is a public territory at INS Hansa, an airstrip belonging to the Indian Navy. It is situated at Dabolim, close to Vasco da Gama. This airfield offers planned overseas and domestic flight facilities. Scheduled flights are available to overseas destinations in the Middle East such as Dubai, Doha, Sharjah as well as Kuwait. The airlines that operate from Goa to these destinations are Air India, Air Arabia, Indigo, GoAir, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, Qatar Airways and JetKonnect. The Dabolim Airport takes care of a considerable number of chartered flights in the ‘winter months. Flights from Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia and the Netherlands arrive particularly between November and May. Flight operators from Europe such as Thomson Airways, Monarch Airlines, Condor, Thomas Cook Airlines, and Arkefly provide a number of chartered flights along with other operators. Approximately 700 overseas charter flights depart from Goa every year and they comprise about 90% of foreign chartered traveler flights in the country. It is projected that chartered flights bring around 150-200 thousand foreign travelers to Dabolim. Read More….

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