Goa  Vacations - Goa Home

Goa fact


The state of Goa is located between latitudes 15 degrees 48'00" N 14 degrees 53'54" N and Longitude 74 degrees 20'13" E 73 degrees 40" 33" E.

Goa is divided into 11 talukas with Panaji being its capital. The eleven talukas are Ilhas, Bardez, Salcette, Ponda, Marmagoa, Bicholim, Satari, Pernem, Quepem, Sanguem, and Canacona.

Time Zone : The whole of India has a single time zone. It is five and half hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) or UTC (Coordinated Universal Time), ten and half hours ahead of the American EST. As such, this Indian Standard Time (IST) as it is known also applies to Goa.

Climate : Goa has a tropical climate characterized by balmy weather for much of the year with heavy monsoon rains just after the summer months from March to May.
The humidity is at its highest in the summer and quite low from September to early March. The temperature ranges from a pleasant 20C during winter to a warm 35C in summer.

Area : The state of Goa covers an area of 3,702 sq. km. Altitude : From sea-level at the coast to an altitude of 1,022 metres above sea-level at its highest point in the Sahyadri Ghats. Boundaries : On the Eastern and Southern boundaries lies the state of Karnataka; on the Western side the Arabian Sea and the state of Maharashtra lies on the Northern side.

Highest Mountain : Sonsogad in the Sahyadri range of the Western Ghats (3,827 feet).

Longest rivers :The Zuari (39 miles), and The Mandovi (38.5 miles)

Highways : Goa is connected by the National Highways - NH4A, NH17 and NH17A to the neighbouring states of Maharashtra and Karnataka.

Airport : The only airport is the Goa Airport at Dabolim near the town of Vasco-da-Gama and the Mormugao Harbour handles both the domestic and the international flights.

Clothing required : Tropical clothing throughout the year. Light woollens during December and January. Rainwear in the Monsoons.

Tourist Season : October to February is peak season while June to September is off season.

Languages Spoken : English is widely spoken and understood in urban areas and to a lesser extent in the rural areas. Konkani, the official language, is most commonly used in day to day life.
Marathi and Hindi, the national language are also understood by most of the population. Portuguese once very popular all over the state, has rapidly declined since liberation in 1961 and today is used mostly by the elderly generation