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Goa, one of India's smallest states with an area of 3,702 sq km. Goa, popularly known as ‘the pearl of the east'. The capital of Goa is Panaji. Goa is located on the western coast of the Indian Peninsula, bounded by the Arabian Sea on the west, Maharashtra to the north and Karnataka to the east and south. Goa has 2 districts: North Goa & South Goa.

Goa as a region can be divided into four divisions - the Eastern Hill region comprising areas in the Western Ghats like Sattari, Ponda, Canacona, and Sanguem; the Central Valley Lands comprising Pernem, Bicholim, Ponda, Eastern Sanguem, and Quepem; the Flood Plains comprising the coastal plains and rolling uplands; and the Coastal Plains with areas of Tiswadi, Mormugao, Bardez, and Salcete. In 1987, Goa was conferred statehood and Daman and Diu was made a separate union territory. Sun, sand and sea being the major attractions, Goa is a perfect heaven for the ones who need and want relaxation.

Historical Places :Some important historical places of Goa are

  • Se Cathedral Church
  • Basilica of Bom Jesus
  • Aguada Fort
  • Corjuem Fort
  • St. Estevam Island
  • Sinquerim Fort
  • Tiracol Fort
  • Mormugao fort
  • St. Francis of Assisi
  • Chapel of St. Catherine
  • Reis Magos Fort
  • Cabo de Rama Fort
  • Viceroy's arc
  • Church of Our Lady of the Rosary

Well known Personalities :
Goa is not only about sand, sun and sea. The tiny state has also produced many famous personalities. Find here the list of a few famous and notable people from Goa.

Lata Mangeshkar and her sister Asha Bhosale.
Goan pop star and Bollywood playback singer - Remo Fernandes.
Popular Indian classical singer - Kishori Amonkar
Scholar of Indian classical and devotional music – Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki
Cartoonist and Painter – Mario De Miranda
International tennis player - Leander Paes
Indian footballer and Arjuna awardee - Bruno Coutinho.
Cricketer - Dilip Sardesai.

Culture :
Goa is rich in folk culture with a delightful blend of vigorous Konkani folk songs and remnants of Portuguese dance and music. Strong catholic influences are visible everywhere in the art, culture, and society. The art and craft forms of Goa show a remarkable harmony between Portuguese and Indian cultures. The crafts of the state are intricately beautiful, capturing the fancies of tourists and locals alike. The major art forms of the state include bamboo craft, woodcarving, brass metals, seashell craft, peppier and wooden lacquer ware. 

Other important crafts of the state include fabric collage, plaster of Paris, crochet and embroidery, fiber and batik prints, fiber stone carving, coconut shell carving, metal embossing, silver and imitation jewelry, cotton dolls, soft toys, woolen tapestry, and artistic weaving.
Folk music of the state of include Mondo-a love song and Suvari folk music-a traditional tone setter to all Hindu religious and festival performances, apart from others. Dances of the state include Bhandad, Corredinho that are Portuguese folk dances, the Beauty Dance called Dekhni, apart from Fugdi and Dhalo, Ghode Modnti, Kala and Dashavatar, Lamp Dance, Tonvamel, and Morulem.

Language :
The official language of India is Hindi, although most states have their own dialect. In the state of Goa, although English is widely spoken and is the national language of education and commerce in India. The official spoken language of Goa is Konkani, followed by Hindi, English, Portuguese, Marathi, Urdu and Kannada. Konkani is the official language of Goa and is spoken on the south coast of the country. 

Major Cities :
Panaji is the largest city of the Goa. Some other major cities of Goa are-

  • Madgaon (Margao)
  • Mormugao (Marmagao, Mormugao)
  • Mapuca (Mapusa)
  • Curchorem Cacora
  • Ponda
  • Sancoale

Attractive Places :Some attractive places of Goa are as follows-

  • Baga Beach
  • Calangute Beach
  • Grand Island
  • Dudhsagar Waterfalls
  • Fort Aguada
  • Candolim Beach
  • Tito's Street
  • Arambol Beach
  • Bom Jesus Basilica
  • Palolem Beach
  • Curlies 
  • Club Cubana
  • Anjuna Flea Market
  • Chapora Fort
  • Mapusa Friday Market 
  • Divar Island
  • Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary and many more.

Communication :
Goa is well connected by air, road and rail to all the major cities in the country and some cities abroad as well. 
Roadways in Goa- The transport system in Goa is mostly maintained by the Kadamba Transport Corporation, which links Goa to all major routes.
Railways in Goa- Goa has primarily two railway stations in the state, namely South Central Railway Terminus and Konkan Railway Terminus. 
Airways in Goa- Dabolim Airport or Goa International Airport is the only airport in the entire state of Goa.

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