Goa, the smallest state in India, is located in the Konkan region of the Western Ghats. It is bordered by Karnataka in the east and south and Maharashtra in the north. It attracts tourists in large numbers, both from within the country as well as abroad. The main attraction here are the sandy beaches, the mix of Indian and Portuguese architecture, and the laidback lifestyle.
Historically, the state was a trade magnet. Traders from the West would halt at the west coast of India, especially Goa. The Portuguese traders landed here in 1510. After defeating a ruling Bijapur sultan, the Portuguese established a permanent settlement in what is today called Old Goa. Today, the state still exhibits Portuguese influence especially in culture and architecture.
Over the last few years the real estate development in Goa has increased. The state attracts more than just tourists. Many HNI (high net worth) individuals have realized that since the property prices in Goa are cheaper than those in some of the central areas in Mumbai and Delhi NCR, investing in property in the state is lucrative.
Stats and Facts
The population of Goa, as per the Census report of 2011, is 14.59 lakhs
Sex ratio has increased to 973 per 1000 males, as per the Census 2011 report, from 960 per 1000 males, which was the sex ratio as per the same report published in 2001. The sex ratio in Goa is higher than the national average sex ratio which is a positive sign
According to the Population Census report of 2011, the average literacy rate in Goa is 88.70%. This is an increase of 6% in comparison with the literacy rate figure in the Census report of 2001
The state of Goa was established on 30th May, 1987 when it was carved out of the Union Territory of Goa, Daman and Diu
Panaji is the capital city; although the largest city in the state is Vasco da Gama
The official language of Goa is currently Konkani. Till 1961, the official language here was Portuguese
There are only two districts in Goa – North Goa and South Goa
The National Commission on Population ranked Goa right on top for the best quality of life in India
Tourism and Mining
Goa is the richest state in India with its GDP being two-and-a-half times the GDP of the country. The primary drivers of the economy in the state are tourism and mining
The state accounts for 12.5% of all the tourist inflow to India. The pristine beaches, cultural festivals, Goan cuisine and ancient churches are major attractions for tourists
During the tourist season, the population in Goa almost doubles with the tourist population almost equaling the population of the local citizens
The second biggest industry in the state is mining. Iron ore, manganese, clay, bauxite, and magnesium are among the minerals available in the state. Since this industry operates on a very large scale, its a source of employment for thousands of people in the state
The important mines are mostly located in the eastern and northern parts of Goa with the Marmagao Port handling the majority of these mines
Goa can be reached by air through the Dabolim airport in Vasco da Gama. There are regular flights to UAE, Kuwait, Doha, Sharjah, apart from the important connections in Western Europe, Africa, and USA. The charter flights connect Goa to Russia, United Kingdom, Switzerland and Germany. The domestic airlines connect Goa to all major Indian cities including Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Pune and Ahmedabad
Indian Railways connects Goa to all the major Indian cities through different trains. Both the Konkan Railway and the South Western Railway run one rail line each in Goa. The major cities on the west coast are connected by the former while the latter connects Vasco da Gama to Hubli and Belgaum in Karnataka
Highways connect Goa to many important cities located both to its north and south. The traffic is, however, mostly to and from Pune and Mumbai. National Highways like NH 4A and NH 17 pass through the state
Inter-city travel is done mostly by hiring cars and two-wheelers. There are several trusted car rental agencies. Buses are another popular means of travel, primarily, because they are a very cheap mode of transport.
All Localities in Goa
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