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Thursday, July 31, 2008

About goa

Goa, one of the smallest states in India's map, with a territory of 3,702 sq km is located in the Western Ghats.

A tropical paradise, it is bathed by the warm waters of the Arabian Sea. Goan culture is a blend of Indian and Iberian: European style central squares and Indian bazaars, Portuguese churches sharing their walls with Hindu temples.

Christianity and Hinduism exist side by side in this state. Having been ruled by the colonial Portuguese for over 450yrs, there is still a distinctive European flavor that has permeated all aspects of Goa's life including its food, religion, language, festivals, dances and names.

Apart from the increasing strength of Indian tourists from outside Goa, a large number of western tourists also arrive using the direct-chartered flights to Goa .

Goa is best known for its spectacular beaches and luxurious hotels but there are many old churches, monuments, temples and museums, that are a must see.

Goa is the smallest state in India but in terms of tourist destinations it figures among some of the most holiday spots. Besides being a location for some of the most beautiful beaches, it is also one of the biggest Christian pilgrimage sites in Asia as it is home to the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa. With close proximity to the Western Ghat range, Goa is also blessed with rich flora and fauna making a biodiversity hotspot. Due to its presence in the tropical zone and closeness to the Arabian Sea lends a warm and humid climate to the state of Goa. It's an ideal holiday and religious destination for travelers from across the world.
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