Welcome to Goa Tourism
Goa, India's second smallest state in terms of area is located
on the west coast of India, in the region known as the Konkan, and
is bounded by the state of Maharashtra to the north, and Karnataka
to the east and south. The Arabian Sea bounds it to the west.
Panaji is the state's capital, and Vasco-da-Gama (Vasco) its
largest town. Internationally renowned for its beaches, Goa is
visited by hundreds of thousands of foreign and domestic tourists
each year, and has become one of the most popular holiday
destinations for European travellers.
Besides beaches, Goa is also known for its world heritage
architecture including the Bom Jesus Basilica. Goa also has rich
flora and fauna, owing to its location on the Western Ghats range,
which are classified as a biodiversity hotspot.Goa is India's
richest state with a GDP per capita two and a half times that of
the country as a whole, and one of its fastest growth rates.
Tourism is Goa's primary industry: it handles 14% of all foreign
tourist arrivals in India. Goa has two main tourist seasons: winter
and summer. In the winter time, tourists from abroad (mainly
Europe) come to Goa to enjoy the splendid climate. In the
summertime (which, in Goa, is the rainy season), tourists come from
across India come to spend the holidays. Tourism is generally
focused on the coastal areas of Goa, with decreased tourist
activity inland. In 2004 there were more than 2 million tourists
reported to have visited Goa, 400,000 of which were from abroad.
There are several reasons why tourists are visiting Goa in
increasing numbers. First, because of the historical development of
the area, the inhabitants of Goa are increasingly used to contact
with foreigners. Additionally, a large portion of the Goanese
people are Christians. This cultural heritage from the time of the
Portuguese colonization makes the country somewhat more intimate to
European or American people than the rest of the Indian
subcontinent. Goan culture incorporates a very nonproblematic mix
of Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam.
The food of Goa is very famous; it is an interesting mixture of
foods from Portugal, south India and Arabia (and, in the tourist
season, from Kashmir as well). Goa is one of the few places in
India that you can go to a restaurant and order (beside fish and
chicken) both beef and pork, which are usually served very lightly
spiced; beer, wine and other alcoholic drinks are sold freely.
These attributes, together with the fact that Goa’s economy
is among the most prosperous in India, have won Goa the nickname
"India for the beginners" – the great differences between
Europe and India, very apparent in other parts of India due to
large slums and other problems, are much less pronounced.
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