About Goa



GOA

East meets West in this sun-soaked state, where Indian culture intertwines with Portuguese influences left over from a 500-year occupation. The beaches have long served as a magnet for serene hedonists.


HISTORY

The earliest reference to Goa is in the Puranas, dated in the 3rd century. It was ruled by various dynasties (Mauryas, Satavaharas, Chalukyas, Silharas, Kadambas, Yadevas) until the end of the 13th century. Since the 1400s, Goa changed hands many times between the Delhi Sultanate, the Vijayanagara Empire (which ruled for about 100 years) Adil Shah of Bijapur, the Marathas and then finally to the Portuguese in 1510. In 1961, Goa became a part of India after gaining independence from the Portuguese.


LOCATION

Goa is located on the Konkan coast of India, bordered by the state of Maharashtra to the north and by Karnataka to the east and south: The Arabian Sea forms its western coast.


LANGUAGES

Konkani, Marathi and English are the primary languages. Portuguese, Hindi and Kannada are also spoken.


CLIMATE

Goa has a warm tropical climate. May is the hottest month with the temperature rising up to 35°c with high humidity. Monsoon starts in early June and lasts till October / November. A short cool season follows from November to February, with temperature 29°c (84 degree Farad) in the day and 20°c (68 degree farad) in the night.


CLOTHING

Light cotton and linen are recommended


CURRENCY

Indian Rupees