Goa pronunciation गोंय, गोवा is India's smallest state in terms of area
and the fourth smallest in terms of population. Located on the west
coast of India in the region known as the Konkan, it is bounded by
the state of Maharashtra to the north, and by Karnataka to the east
and south, while the Arabian Sea forms its western coast.
Panaji (Panjim) is the state's capital. Vasco da Gama (Vasco) is the
largest city. The historic city of Margao still exhibits the
influence of Portuguese culture. Portuguese merchants first landed
in Goa in the 15th century, and annexed it soon after. The
Portuguese colony existed for about 450 years (one of the longest
held colonial possessions in the world), until it was taken over by
India in 1961.
Renowned for its beaches, Goa is visited by hundreds of thousands of
international and domestic tourists each year. Goa is also known for
its temples and world heritage architecture including the Basilica
of Bom Jesus in Old Goa, which makes it one of the biggest Christian
pilgrimage sites in Asia. Goa also has rich flora
and fauna, owing to its location on the Western Ghats range, which
is classified as a biodiversity hotspot.
Hotels are listed on cities.
Main cities in Goa are :-
Vasco Da Gama |
Old Goa |
Mapusa | Ponda |