Goa, India's smallest state by area, is known worldwide for its 131 km long pristine coastline along the Arabian Sea. Located in West India in the region known as the Konkan, it is bounded by the state of Maharashtra to the north, and by Karnataka to the east and south, while the Arabian Sea forms its western coast.
Goa is rich in history, diversified culture, amazing landscape, ethereal love stories, and with a lifestyle having 365-day holiday in a year. 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.
Renowned for its beaches, places of worship and world heritage architecture. Goa is visited by large numbers of international and domestic tourists each year. It also has rich flora and fauna, owing to its location on the Western Ghats range, which is classified as a biodiversity hotspot.
This small former Portuguese enclave is one of India's most popular tourist spots, both for the domestic and international traveler. The name Goa is derived from the Konkani word `Goyan', which means a patch of tall grass. Hence it's obvious that you will find lots of remnants of its Portuguese past everywhere in abundance.
Goa is a mix of old Portuguese architecture, flavor and lifestyle to its history. It’s a fairytale land for travelers with unending beaches, the seascape, its mystical hills and groves, the rhythmic pounding of the sea, its swaying palm.