Famous as "Pearl of the Orient" and a "Tourist Paradise", the state of Goa is located on the western coast of India in the coastal belt known as Konkan. Liberated by the Indian Army from Portuguese colonisation in1961, Goa was conferred statehood and became the 25th state of the Indian Republic.
The magnificent scenic beauty and the architectural splendours of its beaches, temples, churches and old Portuguese houses have made Goa a favourite global destination. Goa has a soul which goes deep into history, rich culture and some of the prettiest natural scenery. The vast green expanse of mountain ranges and 2 main rivers ensure that Goa has an abundance of water.
Food and drinks
The sea and rivers abound in seafood - prawns, mackerels, sardines, crabs and lobsters. The Portuguese influence in goan cooking cannot be ignored. Dishes such as racheiado, caldeirada and cabidela reflect the legacy of the state's colonial heritage. Feni and tody are the 2 local drinks Goa is most famous for.
By end of June, Goa receives the full blast of the Indian monsoon with sudden downpours and tropical thunderstorms. However it is also during the monsoon that Goa is probably at its most beautiful, with greenery sprouting all around.