Goa is India’s smallest state by area and the fourth smallest by population. Located in West India in the region known as the Konkan. Panaji is the state’s capital, while Vasco da Gama is the largest city. Renowned for its beaches, places of worship and world heritage architecture, Goa is visited by large numbers of international and domestic tourists each year. It also has rich flora and fauna and a unique mix of Indian and Portuguese cultures and architecture.
Goa has more than its fair share of museums, art galleries and libraries. It is also famous for its beaches, ancient temples and churches. Goa has two World Heritage Sites: the Bom Jesus Basilica and churches and convents of Old Goa. Goa also has a the two important museums being Goa State Museum and the Naval Aviation Museum.
Things to See & Do
* Old Goa
* Goa Chitra Museum
* Anjuna Beach
* Museums in Panaji
* Born Jesus Basilica
Cruise Season – Jan – Dec
Currency – Indian Rupee (INR)
Language – Hindi, English
Population – 1,457,750 approx
Land Area – 3,702 km²
Electricity – 2 round pins European style or with a round pin below
Time – GMT plus five and a half hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 91
Port Location – The port of Goa is located in Mormugao Harbour near the city of Vasco.
Travel Links – The Dabolim airport in Vasco Da Gama is Goa’s only airport. Some airlines fly directly to Goa, but most international flights arrive via Mumbai. Air India has international flights to Kuwait and UAE twice a week. Air Arabia has discount flights to Sharjah. Qatar Airways has flights to Doha, along with convenient connections to Western Europe, Africa and USA.
There are several bus routes from various cities, but most traffic is from mainly Mumbai and Pune. Due to increasing demand from the south, there has been an increase in buses and trains from Mangalore, Bangalore and New Delhi. Overnight buses from Mumbai to Goa are an alternative to trains and flying.
Indian Railways connects Goa with direct train services from Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Mangalore, Kochi, Kolkata, Thiruvanantapuram, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad. The destination station is usually Madgaon in South Goa.