About Goa

Goa is a very beautiful state on the West Coast of India. It is famous for its beautiful white sandy beaches and natural beauty. Most popular tourist destination of the world. Goa is best known as a tourist paradise both in India and abroad. Tourism is so prominent that the number of tourists almost equals the number of the state population.

The total population of Goa is 1.5 million [15 lakhs], 50% Urban and 50% Rural. The capital of Goa is Panaji, other major cities in Goa are Margao, Mapusa, Ponda and Vasco Da Gama. There are two districts in Goa, 11 Talukas and 400 Towns and Villages. 35% of Goa’s population are Roman Catholics and only about 5 % protestant Christians. Majority are Hindus. HIV + and AIDS is on the rise daily in Goa. Drugs and prostitution is a big problem.

Konkani is the mother tongue of the people of Goa. Other languages spoken are English, Hindi, Portuguese, and Marathi.

Goa which was liberated on 19th December, 1961,  along with Daman & Diu from 451 years of Portuguese Colonial Rule, became the 25th State of the Indian Union when it was conferred Statehood on 30th May, 1987.