60 Amazing Facts About Goa

Facts About Goa: Goa is the state of fourth crown in terms of India's area and population in terms of population. This state is known as Konkan area on the west coast of India, in the north, in the state of Maharashtra state and east and southern state of Karnataka, the Arabian sea creates its west coast.

Panaji is the state capital, while Vasco de gamma is the largest city. The historic city of Margoan still performs the cultural influence of Portuguese, who entered the city in the early 16th century as a merchant and then immediately won it. The foreign region of the Portuguese has not been existed for about 450 years until it has been connected to India.

Each number of international and local travelers come from international and local tourists every year in the visit known as their beaches, worship places and global culture architecture. Due to its place on the West Ghat, it has beautiful vegetation and fauna, which has been classified as a biodiversity hotspot.

60 Amazing Facts About Goa

60+ Interesting Facts About Goa

  • Francis Xavier is Goa’s favourite saint.
  • Forest covers 33% of Goa’s total landmass.
  • It’s one of the only few destinations open 24×7.
  • The forests swarm with exotic wildlife and birdlife.
  • Goa is the only state in India with 2 official languages.
  • Konkani and Marathi are the two official languages in Goa.
  • This period was the first Golden Age for the people of Goa.
  • Goa is one of the few states in India where gambling is legal.
  • Goa is situated in the Konkan region spread through just 3,702 km.
  • Goa has the highest per capita income among all the Indian states.
  • Goa is the only place in India where you can find Floating Casinos.
  • The highest falls in India are the Dudhsagar Falls with a height of 310 m.
  • You can’t even imagine the number of bars in Goa? Goa has more than 7,000 bars.
  • Everyone loves to speak English in Goa. English medium is standard in all Goa schools.

Historical Facts About Goa

  • The state has a rich history. The region was ruled by Kadambas for more than 300 years.
  • In 1842, the first Indian medical school was established in Panaji, Goa. Though, it was destroyed in 2004.
  • You can hire a two-wheeler taxi in Goa. Actually, it’s one of the few places in India where you can do that.
  • The remains of St. Francis Xavier are at the Basilica of Bom Jesus in old Goa. They’re still non-decomposing.
  • While in Goa you should visit the Naval Aviation Museum. The museum display of aircraft will surely amaze you.
  • Goa is the only state in India with a functioning and obligatory Uniform Civil Code applied by the Portuguese.
  • It’s the richest state in India, having a GDP per capita of two-and-a-half times that of the National Average in India.
  • The forest boasts of its exotic wildlife, Indian giant squirrels, mongoose, Slender Loris, Indian macaques, and sloth bears.
  • Goa’s citizens are allowed to have dual passports. Along with their Indian passport, they can also have a Portuguese passport.
  • Many temples were built during the Kadamba rule. The most famous one exists inside the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary, the Tambdi Surla Temple.
  • Goa is the second largest place after Orissa, where the Olive Ridley turtles come to lay eggs. You can witness this amazing scene in Morjim.

Geographical Facts About Goa

  • Goa’s coastline stretches along the Arabian Sea. Each beach community has established its personality and reputation since the hippie days of the ’60s.
  • A wealthy ecosystem, characteristic of the Western Ghats, can be found here. There are more than 275 species of birds, 40 types of animals, and reptiles.
  • The first printing press established not just in India, but in Asia as well, was set up in Goa. If you are into history, do visit this place when in Goa.
  • For more than 4 centuries, Goa was ruled by the Portuguese, until 1961, when the Indian Government began military operations causing the takeover of Goa.
  • During their reign beginning from the 11th century, a diverse political culture evolved. This period was secure and people began to experience prosperity.
  • Instead of going to Vegas, you can enjoy Goa with all the modern gaming equipment, lounges, sundeck, restaurants, live dances, musicians, bands, and what not!
  • Between Molem and Anmod in Goa, some of the oldest rocks in India can be found. Categorized as Trondjemeitic Gneiss these rocks are over 3,600 million years old.
  • Goa is the smallest Indian state, in terms of area, with a National Highway road distance of only 75 miles from North to South and around 50 miles from East to West.
  • We haven’t forgotten you, party lovers! The best Goa party beaches are Baga, Calangute, Candolim, Anjuna, Morjim, Arambol, Palolem, Vagator beach, and many, many more.
  • Not a loud party admirer? You can attend one of the world famous, unique Headphone parties on the Palolem beach of Goa. Grab the headphones, dance, and sway to the music, for your ears alone.

Economic Facts About Goa

  • The two-wheeler taxi’s drivers are generally known as “Pilots”. These vehicles are a popular mode of transportation and transport a single pillion rider, at fares that are usually negotiated.
  • About 65.7% of people living in Goa practice Hinduism, 26.6% Christianity, and 6.8% Islam. The Sikh, Buddhists, and Jain community encompass the remaining 0.9% of the total population of Goa.
  • This is one of the places in Goa that cannot be missed. 500 years ago, St. Francis Xavier from Spain came to India to spread the gospel. Every 10 years the Exposition allows thousands of faithful to see the body of St. Francis Xavier at the Basilica.
  • As there was Portugal rule from 450 years before Goa gained independence in 1961, the country offered the people living in Goa Portugal citizenship so those who are born on or before the date when the state of Goa was integrated into the country and residents of other places such as Daman & Diu.
  • The largest cathedral in Asia is the Se Cathedral church in Old Goa! It’s the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Metropolitan Archdiocese of Goa and Daman. The Archbishop of Goa also holds the titles of Primate of the East and the East Indies Patriarch. This 16th-century cathedral houses eight chapels within its confines.
  • The Portuguese ruled in the region for over 400 years. The Government of Portuguese India signed an official document to surrender the rule on December 19th, 1961. The people of Goa celebrate this day to commemorate the Indian armed forces freeing the state from the Portugal rule. So, this is observed by them as the Goa Liberation Day every year.
  • Goa is famous for several things and also housing one of the highest waterfalls in India – Dudhsagar falls. This four tired waterfalls which literally means Sea of Milk. There are only limited ways to reach the Dudhsagar falls so plan and research well before going to witness the beauty of the waterfalls. It is a splendid view but take safety precautions before going and beware of fake tour guides.
  • As most of the state lines the western coastline of India this small state has several beaches alongside. Each beach in Goa has a unique reason to visit it. Known as the land of sun, sand and surf, you can imagine that how many adventure sports are available here. Get to see the hippie style people who have stayed here for a long time. Find the lighthouse and weekly flea markets that are other reasons to visit the beaches in Goa along the azure waters of the Arabian Sea.

Information About Goa

  • Geographical area is smaller in size than most big states in India. However, the crowd puller of tourists and visitors from around the world still is one of the top richest states in the country. So, it has a very high per capita but is comparably lesser than Maharashtra due to the larger population, area, and size. However, it still is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India and a lot of revenue comes from it in addition to several various types of industry in the state.
  • Also known as the Sahyadri Hills the picturesque hilly crest runs across the western coast of many states of India from Maharashtra / Gujarat to Kerala / Tamil Nadu. Among these there are many spots that are chosen for the UNESCO World Heritage accredition.The Western Ghats of Goa has several species living in the rich bio-diversity and greenery. While many speak only of the tigers there are several elephants and rare birds too. It offers a magnifiscent view with the misty westeren Ghats.
  • This world renowned monument that showcases the history of Christianity in India is an architectural marvel built in Baroque architecture completed in 1605. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is over 400 years old and houses the mausoleum of St. Francis Xavier. People come from around the world to see the mortal remains when it is out for public view once a decade. It is a great sight as it is adorned with ornamental architectural style with precious stones inside and the floor laid with marble.
  • The Big Daddy Casino spreads across 72 meters in length and 24 meters in width with three decks over the Panamanian vessel that is run by Golden Globe Hotels Pvt. Ltd. You have to approach the unique floating casino on River Mandovi by a ferry ride from Panjim port. It boasts of over 100 tables spread over 50,000 sq. ft. over the three decks and a specific area dedicated for private gambling including booking availability for private suite booking. It promises blend of gaming and casino with stakes getting higher as you go upper. You can also play against other gamers.
  • Tourists and visitors to Goa know about the crowded places, loud music, rush roads, and so many people getting in the way of photos. The quintessential islands of Goa provides a respite from these things and many more with a plethora of options for you. The over 150 islands of Goa provide respite so visit the top islands of Goa for at least once in your life. The famous islands include Chorao, Divar island, Butterfly island, Sao Jacinta Island, Monkey island and Raneache Zuvem but there are many more. It is said there are at least 40 estuarine, 8 marine, and about 90 riverine islands in Goa.
  • There are several different forms of Gambling and recent surveys have found that the local people engage in current gambling more than the casinos. Moreover, there are casinos that float on the water inbuilt in the huge boats anchored to especially at River Mandovi. There are also lotteries run by the state that gets a lot of revenue towards the state and the funds are diverted to social welfare cause. The casinos on land and off-shore casinos are also run by privately and contribute to the tourism industry of Goa. So far, the casino and gambling market attract over fifteen thousand people everyday.
  • Goa Medical College was not only the first in India but also one of the first medical colleges in Asia. It was established in the year 1842 by the Portuguese in Goa’s capital city Panjim.However presently the medical college is in Bambolim at four km distance from here. The medium of medicine education was originally in Portuguese and is now in English. The Goa Medical college now is into various fields of education including Information Technology, fashion, management, bio-technology and engineering. Now the state run hospital attached to the medical college also houses several hospitals and clinics.
  • These days the people of Goa are taking modern cooking tastes technologies and methods. But, in most households in Goa they go for traditional cuisine and cooking in a clay pot over a wooden fire. They also grind spices using hand mill and grinding stone that uses muscles strength. The even prepare desserts in brass utensils and traditional spices. The main Goan cuisine consists of mostly fish, coconut milk and rice. Seafood specialties include pompret, prawn Balchao, Fish Caldeirada and Caldeen, and meats such as pork and ingredients include Goan red chillies Kokum and vinegar. Other specialties include Sorpotel, Caldo Verda, Bebnica, and mussels.
  • Since the year 2004 The International Film Festival has shifted to the permanent venue to host the festival which is in Goa. It is held at towards the end two months of the year but not particular dates every year. This has also gained global popularity and fame over the past years with the first edition in the year 1952. The objective of the film festival significant in Asia is to offer a common platform to international cinema for film art and excellence and appreciating film culture in their context of cultural as well as social ethos. Now Goa is organized jointly by the State Government of Goa and Directorate of Film Festivals under the Ministry of Information and Broadcastings.

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