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

Having been the meeting point of races, religions and cultures of East and West over the centuries, Goa has a multi-hued and distinctive lifestyle quite different from the rest of India. Hindu and Catholic communities make up almost the entire population with minority representation of Muslims and other religions. Panaji (Panjim) is the state capital located on the banks of the Mandovi river and Vasco, Margao, Mapusa and Ponda are the other major towns.

Goan cuisine is a blend of different influences the Goans had to endure during the centuries. The staple food in Goa is fish and rice, both among the Hindus and the Catholics. The sea and rivers abound in seafood - prawns, mackerels, sardines, crabs and lobsters are the most popular with the locals and the visitors.

Besides the natural beauty, the fabulous beaches and sunshine, travelers to Goa love the laid-back, peaceful, warm and friendly nature of the Goan people. Moreover, this is a place where people really know how to relax.

Important Facts

Area :The total area of the city is 3,702 square kilometers.

Population :The population is 1.34 million of which one third are Christians and remainder Hindu Car Rental Service in Goa Holiday Vacationsand approximately 10% Muslim.

Languages : Marathi, Konkani, Hindi and English are the main languages.

Climate : The climate of Goa is generally moderate inspite of high humidity. There are cool months in winter and around October and weather turns good. There is heavy rainfall during the monsoon months.

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