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Goa

गोवा

STATE OF INDIA

WEBSITE
http://goa.gov.in

TOURISM WEBSITE
http://goatourism.gov.in
http://goa-tourism.com

STATE SLOGAN
Go Goa
A Perfect Holiday Destination

COUNTRY
India

CAPITAL
Panaji

ESTABLISHED
30-05-1987

AREA
3702 sq km/1429 sq miles

AREA RANK
29th

ISO 3166 CODE
IN-GA

VEHICLE REGISTRATION
GA

OFFICIAL LANGUAGES
Konkani

STATE DANCE
Dekhnni

STATE ANIMAL
Fish

STATE BIRD
Black Crested Bulbul

STATE FLOWER/TREE
NA

ABOUT
Goa is India's smallest state by area and the fourth smallest by population. 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 India's richest state with a GDP per capita two and a half times that of the country as a whole. 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 the largest city. The historic city of Margao still exhibits the cultural influence of thePortuguese, who first landed in the early 16th century as merchants and conquered it soon thereafter. Goa is a former Portuguese colony, thePortuguese overseas territory of Portuguese India existed for about 450 years until it was annexed by India in 1961.
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.


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