Goa is a small state in India located West geographically between Maharashtra ( at North-East side ) and Karnataka (at South - East side ). Arabian sea is to the West of Goa. The capital city of Goa is Panaji. Goa has lot of influence from Portuguese culture.
The state was formed during 30th May of 1987. The state covers an area of approximately 3,700 Sq.Kms with 43,000 acres of cultivated land. The total population of Goa is around 13,47,700 with the density of 370 per Sq.Kms. Konkani is the official language of Goa. English and Marathi are also used for official purpose. Kannada and Hindi are other Indian languages which are spoken at Goa. One can find Hindu and Christian religions at Goa. The nearest air port is at Vasco da Gama which is located 30Kms from the city Panjim.
Goa beaches - locations
Goa is famous for the beaches. Arambol beach is the north most beach located at Pernem taluka (North most part). Anjuna, Calangute, Candolim, Aguada, Sinquerim and Baga beaches are seen at Mapusa. Calangute and Baga are side by side. These too come under North part of Goa. The capital city Panaji has Miramar, Majorda and Dona Paula beaches. In the southern part, Vasco has Bogmalo, Benaulim and vagator beaches (Mormugao). Bogmalo has water sports too. Colva, Cavelossim, Mobor and Varca beaches are located at Margao while Cavelossim is located at the bottom part. Palolem and Agonda beaches are situated at Canacona, the southern most taluka of Goa.
Goa Hills and rivers
Goa lies just beside Western ghats. Several parts of Maharashtra and Karnataka too share this thick forest area along with Goa.
Mandovi river passes beside Panjim. River Zuari passes through Vasco da Gama and Margao. Terekhol river is at the Northern part of Goa passing through Pernem taluka. Chapora and Sal (Southern part of Margao Taluk) are other two rivers flowing through Goa.
Rice is the main agricultural crop with cashew and coconut which are grown additionaly in Goa.