Goa in India

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Category/Kategorie: General, UNESCO World Heritage

Arambol Beach © Vijay Tiwari/cc-by-sa-4.0

Arambol Beach © Vijay Tiwari/cc-by-sa-4.0

Goa is a state on the southwestern coast of India within the region known as the Konkan, and geographically separated from the Deccan highlands by the Western Ghats. It is surrounded by the Indian states of Maharashtra to the north and Karnataka to the east and south, with the Arabian Sea forming its western coast. It is India’s smallest state by area and the fourth-smallest by population. Goa has the highest GDP per capita among all Indian states, two and a half times that of the country. It was ranked the best-placed state by the Eleventh Finance Commission for its infrastructure and ranked on top for the best quality of life in India by the National Commission on Population based on the 12 Indicators.

Panaji is the state’s capital, while Vasco da Gama is its largest city. The historic city of Margao still exhibits the cultural influence of the Portuguese, who first landed in the early 16th century as merchants and conquered it soon thereafter. Goa was a former state of the Portuguese Empire. The Portuguese overseas territory of Portuguese India existed for about 450 years until it was annexed by India in 1961.

Palolem Beach © Satyajit Nayak/cc-by-sa-4.0 Panjim's Monuments © Inshaanshah62/cc-by-sa-4.0 Se’ Cathedral from 1619 in Old Goa © Abhiomkar/cc-by-sa-3.0 Shri Mangesh Temple © Aruna/cc-by-sa-3.0 The House of the Seven Gables in Margao © Portugal Editor Exploration/cc-by-sa-4.0 Arambol Beach © Vijay Tiwari/cc-by-sa-4.0 Baga Beach © flickr.com - McKay Savage/cc-by-2.0 Churches in Old Goa © Inshaanshah62/cc-by-sa-3.0 Goa University © Fredericknoronha/cc-by-sa-4.0 Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church in Panjim © EquusAustralus/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church in Panjim © EquusAustralus/cc-by-sa-3.0
Goa is visited by large numbers of international and domestic tourists each year for its white sand beaches, nightlife, places of worship and World Heritage-listed architecture. It has rich flora and fauna, owing to its location on the Western Ghats range, a biodiversity hotspot.

Tourism is generally focused on the coastal areas of Goa, with decreased tourist activity inland. In 2010, there were more than 2 million tourists reported to have visited Goa, about 1.2 million of whom were from abroad. As of 2013, Goa was a destination of choice for Indian and foreign tourists, particularly Britons and Russians, with limited means who wanted to party. The state was hopeful that changes could be made which would attract a more upscale demographic. Goa stands 6th in the Top 10 Nightlife cities in the world in National Geographic Travel. Notable nightclubs in Goa include Chronicle, Mambos and Sinq. One of the biggest tourist attractions in Goa is water sports. Beaches like Baga and Calangute offer jet-skiing, parasailing, banana boat rides, water scooter rides, and more. Patnem beach in Palolem stood third in CNN Travel‘s Top 20 Beaches in Asia. Over 450 years of Portuguese rule and the influence of the Portuguese culture presents to visitors to Goa a cultural environment that is not found elsewhere in India. Goa is often described as a fusion between Eastern and Western culture with Portuguese culture having a dominant position in the state be it in its architectural, cultural or social settings. The state of Goa is famous for its excellent beaches, churches, and temples. The Bom Jesus Cathedral, Fort Aguada and a new wax museum on Indian history, culture and heritage in Old Goa are other tourism destinations.

Read more on Goa, TimeOut.com – The 14 best things to do in Goa, TimeOut.com – The 19 best beaches in Goa, The New York Times, 21 February 2019: 36 Hours in Goa, LonelyPlanet.com – Goa, Wikivoyage Goa and Wikipedia Goa (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




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