Goa

Nature At Its Best

Goa is a state in India within the coastal region known as the Konkan in West India, bounded by Maharashtra to the north and Karnataka to the east and south, with the Arabian Sea forming its Western coast. It is India’s smallest state by area and the fourth smallest by population. It is considered the best placed state, by the eleventh finance commission, for its infrastructure and ranked on the top for best quality life in India by the national commission on population.

Rock art engravings that are found in Goa exhibit the earliest traces of human life in India. Goa, situated within the Shimoga-Goa Greenstone Belt in the Western Ghats that is an area composed of metavolcanics, iron formations and ferruginous quartzite, yields evidence for Acheulean occupation. Rock art engravings (petroglyphs) are present on laterite platforms and granite boulders in Usgalimal near the west flowing Kushavati River and in Kajur.

Goa is visibly different from the rest of India, owing to Portuguese rule which isolated it from the rest of India for 451 years. The Goan population is a mixture of Hindus and Roman Catholics, the distribution being approximately 65% Hindu and 24% Christian. There is also a smaller Muslim population. Despite this, communal violence has been virtually non-existent and Goa is regarded as one of the most peaceful states in India. Goa has been attracting a steady flow of visitors that vary from the hippies to some expatriate Goans, finally also the charter tourists.

The best time to travel Goa is said to be during mid November and mid of February when the weather is most appropriate. Filled with some great rural settings, churches and cathedrals to the amazing beaches, Goa is a place to go looking for a great holiday time including the range of activities one can do from here. During peak seasons and in some festivals the crowd of the visitors and tourists can get a little overwhelming thus its best to avoid during peak times. However, this is surely one of the most relaxed places you will ever visit.

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