15 Interesting Facts About Goa

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.

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1. Smallest State

National highway 17AYes, Goa is the smallest state of India with a national highway road span of only 75 miles North to South and around 50 miles East to West.
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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.
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3. Miraculous remains of St. Francis Xavier

relics of saint francisNow for an unbelievable fact, Remains of St. Francis Xavier at Basilica of Bom Jesus in old Goa is 400 years old and are still in a non-decomposing state.
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4. First Printing Press

Printing Press Goa State MuseumThe first printing press of Asia was installed at St. Paul’s college in Goa in 1956.
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5. Portuguese Passport

passportNot many people know this but Goan people can apply and avail a Portuguese passport along with the Indian one.
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6. Richest State

beachGoa is the richest state in India having a GDP per capita of two-and-a-half times that of the whole country.
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7. First Medical School

GMC buildingThe first medical school of India was established in Panaji, Goa in 1842. It is demolished in 2004.
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8. Two Official Languages

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Goa is the only state in India with two official languages- Konkani and Marathi.
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9. Uniform Civil Code

Goa is the only state in India with active and imposed Uniform Civil code implemented by the Portuguese.
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10. Naval Aviation Museum

naval air museum entranceVasco, Goa has the one and only Naval Aviation Museum of Asia.
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11. Two Wheeler Taxi

motocycle taxiGoa 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.
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12. Highest Forest Density

rainforestGoa has a forest cover of 33% of total land mass, which is the highest forest cover for any state in India.
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13. Floating Casino

floating casino goaLocated in the coastal waters of Panaji, Goa, “Caravela” is the Asia’s only floating casino.
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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.
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15. Home of Olive Ridley turtles

olive ridley turtlesGoa is the second state in India after Orissa where world famous olive ridley turtles flock the Morjim to lay their eggs.
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