Goa is a small state situated in the western region of India with coastlines stretching along the Arabian Sea. Goa is a very popular tourist destination in India. Its sandy beaches, lively nightlife and world heritage architectural spots attract over 2 million international and domestic tourists every year. So let’s check out some interesting facts about Goa that are sure to tempt you to visit this wonderful place.
1. Smallest State
2. Ruled by Portuguese
Goa was ruled by Portuguese for more than 4 centuries, until 1961, when Indian military began military operations resulting in takeover of Goa.
3. Miraculous remains of St. Francis Xavier
4. First Printing Press
5. Portuguese Passport
6. Richest State
7. First Medical School
8. Two Official Languages
Goa is the only state in India with two official languages- Konkani and Marathi.
9. Uniform Civil Code
Goa is the only state in India with active and imposed Uniform Civil code implemented by the Portuguese.
10. Naval Aviation Museum
11. Two Wheeler Taxi
Goa is the only place in India where you can hire a two wheeler taxi commonly known as “Pilots”. It’s basically a motorcycle and the driver will charge you and drop you to your destination.
Source: goagreen.com, image: thrillophilia
12. Highest Forest Density
13. Floating Casino
14. 3,600 Million Years old Rocks
Some of the oldest rocks in India are found in Goa between Molem and Anmod. Classified as Trondjemeitic Gneiss these rocks are over 3,600 million years old.
15. Home of Olive Ridley turtles