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About Goa

Goa is located in the western region of India. The state shares its borders with the Arabian Sea to the west, Maharashtra to the north and Karnataka to the south and the east. It is traditionally known as a tourist paradise for its natural scenery, unique beaches, and cultural diversity. In 2015 (till November), the state attracted 4.2 million tourists, including 0.41 million foreign visitors. Goa is one of the fastest-growing states in the country. The state’s gross state domestic product (GSDP) growth rate was at about 11.23 percent between 2004-05 and 2014-15. The state’s per capita NSDP was US$ 4,449, one of the highest in India, in 2014-15. Goa's economic growth is driven by the strong performance of industrial sectors such as mining, tourism, and pharmaceuticals. Goa is the second state in India to achieve a 100 percent automatic telephone system with a solid network of telephone exchanges. Goa is also one of the few power surplus states in the country and achieved 100 per cent rural electrification in 2011-12.

    Panaji (Panjim) is the state capital located on the banks of the Mandovi river and Vasco, Margao, Mapusa and Ponda are the other major towns. Goa is serviced by an international/national airport located at Dabolim near Vasco. An intra-state and interstate bus network also plays an important role in getting locals and visitors alike in and around Goa. All the communities have mutual respect towards one another and their secular outlook has given Goa a long and an unbroken tradition of religious harmony.
    The state of Maharashtra borders Goa on the north, the state of Karnataka on the south and east. The vast expanse of the Arabian Sea on the west forms the magnificent coastline for which Goa is justly famous. Terekhol (Tiracol), Mandovi, Zuari, Chapora, Sal, and Talpona are the main rivers which weave their way throughout the state forming the inland waterways adding beauty and romance to the land besides being used to transport Goa's main export commodity of Iron and Manganese ore to Mormugao Harbour.

Best Time to Visit Goa

Goa goes through a very little temperature variation throughout the year, with around 28 degrees Celsius to 33 degrees Celsius (average maximum temperature). The monsoon acts vulnerable but the beauty it leaves after each shower is noteworthy. The Waterfalls can be seen flowing with great intensity with the help of monsoon, providing a spectacular view. The winter comes soon after, welcoming a crazy number of tourists in the state, from all around the globe.

Where To Visit In Goa & When

Although Goa does not experience the extreme climate due to its tropical nature, it is recommended by the tourists and locals, that the ideal time to visit the beach heaven of India is in winter season due to less humidity. In between the months of November and March, the weather in Goa is cool and pleasant, ensuring the opportunity to indulge in various water activities and parties.

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