Goa Quick Facts


What does Goa quick facts include?



The quick facts about Goa include mainly the detailed information about almost every unique features and characteristics of the state, which one can refer to in order to acquire knowledge about the state.

What is the geographical location of Goa?



The state of Goa is geographically located in between the 14° 53' 54″ N and 15° 40' 00″ N latitudes and 73° 40' 33″ E and 74° 20' 13″ E longitudes.

Which country does this state belong to?



Goa, with its location along the coastal area of the Arabian Sea, is a part of the peninsular country of India.

Which are the neighboring states of Goa?



Goa is surrounded by Maharashtra towards its north and the state of Karnataka towards its south and east. The western side is bordered by the Arabian Sea.

When was the Goa state established?



The western state of Goa was established on 30th May, 1987, when it gained its independent statehood post being curbed out from the earlier Union Territory of Goa, Daman and Diu.

Which is the capital of Goa?



The official name for the capital of Goa is Panaji, though in Konkani it is often pronounced as 'Ponnji'. The Portuguese name for it was 'Pongim', from which originated the other name by which it is known - Panjim. The name Panjim is used mostly by English speaking people. The capital of Goa lies on the banks of the Mandovi estuary, in the district of North Goa. Panaji means 'the land that does not flood'. Panaji, the capital of Goa, is built around a church facing a prominent square. Panaji has some beautiful Portuguese Baroque style buildings. The riverside too offers a fine view.

Panaji has a population of around 65,000. Panaji is Goa's third largest city after Vasco and Madgaon. The capital of Goa, Panaji, was earlier a small village on the riverfront. In 1843 the city was renamed Nova Goa (Portuguese for 'New Goa') when it officially replaced the city of Goa - which is now Old Goa - as the administrative seat of Portuguese India. The viceroy, though, had already moved to Panaji in 1759. Panaji became a state capital on Goa's elevation to statehood in May 1987.

The capital of Goa was once little more than a minor landing stage and customs house - protected by a hilltop fort, and surrounded by stagnant swampland. In 1843 it became the capital after the port at Old Goa had silted up, and its rulers and impoverished inhabitants had fled the plague.

Which is the largest city of Goa?



Vasco da Gama in South Goa is the biggest city of Goa.

Which are the other major cities of Goa?



Apart from the two cities mentioned earlier, the other major cities of Goa are:
  • Margao
  • Mapusa
  • Mormugao
  • Ponda

What is the time zone followed in Goa?



Goa, being a part of the country of India follows the Indian Stand Time, The time zone followed in the state is Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) + 05:30 hours.

What is the total covering area of Goa?



The Indian state of Goa covers a total area of around 3, 702 sq. km. or 1, 429.4 sq. mi. This state, being one of the smallest states of India, occupies 28th rank among the other states of the country in terms of total covering area.

What is the total population of Goa?



The population of Goa is around 1,169,793 according to the 1991 census of India (1.2 million). The density of population is 316 per sq km. Most of Goa's population is rural (59%).

A significant population is however urban (41%). Hindus account for a little more than 64.68 % of the total population, Christians (Roman Catholics) nearly 29.86 % and Muslims 5.25 % of the population.

The remaining 1.21 % comprise of other religions including Buddhism, Jainism, Sikh etc. The scheduled castes amount to 2 per cent of the population. There are no scheduled tribes in Goa.

The 2001 census of India, however, holds it at 1.4 million. Goa enjoys a literacy rate of 76 % as against the all India literacy rate of 52.2%.

Area And Population of Goa is given below:

S.No Category Reference
period
North Goa South
Goa
Total
1. Area (Sq. Kms.) 2001 1736.0 1966.0 3702.0
2. Total Population 2001(P) 7,57,407 5,86,591 13,43,998
3. Density per sq. km. 2001(P) 436 298 363
4. Male population 2001(P) 3,88,116 2,97,501 6,85,617
5. Female population 2001(P) 3,69,291 2,89,090 6,58,381
6. Rural population 2001(P) 4,17,174 2,57,955 6,75,129
7. Urban Population 2001(P) 3,40,233 3,28,636 6,68,869
8. Number of main workers
2001(P) 2,424,72 1,83,230 4,25,702
9 Main workers participation rate to total population (%) 2001(P) 32.01 31.23 31.67
a) Male participation rate (%) 2001(P) 48.10 47.61 47.89
b) Female participation rate (%) 2001(P) 15.10 14.38 14.78
10. Birth rate (per 1,000) 2001 16.27 15.54 15.95
11. Death rate (per 1,000) 2001 8.46 6.18 7.46
12 Infant mortality rate (per 1,000 live births) 2001 19.56 2.73 12.40


What is the literacy rate of the Goa state?



Goa stands at 3rd position with the state’s literacy rate of 87 %.

What is the official language of Goa?



Portuguese was the official language until Goa was liberated from the Portugal regime in 1961.

In fact, the older generations can still speak Portuguese.

However, post-liberation, the official Language of Goa is Konkani - which is written in the Devnagri script.

Marathi too is used for official purposes. Marathi is widely taught in schools too. However, Goa being a tourist hub, almost everyone in Goa can speak in English and Hindi.

So, the total number of languages spoken in Goa is English, Portuguese, Konkani, Hindi and Marathi.

The other main languages spoken in the state are Kannada, Gujrati and Urdu.

How many districts are there in Goa?



The entire state of Goa is divided into 2 districts, which are as follows:
  • North Goa
  • South Goa

Which is the highest point in Goa?



The highest point of Goa is Sonsogor located at an altitude of 3, 827 feet or 1, 167 meters.

Which are the rivers flowing through the state?



The main rivers flowing through Goa are Chapora, Mandovi, Terekhol, Zuari and Sal. Apart from being some of India’s busiest rivers, the rivers Mandovi and Zuari along with the tributaries form the state’s lifeline by serving almost 69 % of the total area of Goa.

What is the type of climate in Goa?



Proximity to the Arabian Sea and its location in the tropical zone makes the state of Goa experience the tropical monsoon type of climate. The humid and hot climatic condition of Goa is mainly divided into three distinctive seasons, which are mentioned below:
  • Summer: Mid-March to June (25° C to 45° C)
  • Monsoon: July to September (26 inches on an average)
  • Winter: Mid-December to February (3° C to 11° C)

How many parliamentary constituencies are there is Goa?


Goa has got 2 parliamentary constituencies.

What is the type of Legislature in Goa?



The type of Goa’s Legislature is unicameral with a capacity of 40 seats.

Which are the main religions of Goa?



Though Hinduism and Christianity cover most of the population of Goa, however other religions like Muslims and Sikhs even contributes to the religion of Goa. The percentage of different religions prevalent in the state is given below:
  • Other religions including Sikhs: 2 %
  • Muslims: 3 %
  • Christianity: 30 %
  • Hinduism: 65 %

Which is the nearest airport to Goa?



Dabolim Airport, the sole airport of Goa is the nearest airport to the state. This civilian cum military airport connects the place to both national as well as international destinations. Goa being a Tourist destination, Flights to Goa are frequent. The airport is owned by the Indian Navy and is 30 kms away from Panaji. Flights to Goa from all major Cities of India are available as per traveller's convenience on different timings. Goa Is well connected to all the corners of India and here we mention the Goa Flight Details.

A schedule of Flights to Goa is given below:

ARRIVALS

From Mumbai
Indian Airlines
Flight No.DepartureArrivalDays of operation
IC 1631440hrs1540hrsDaily
IC 5971600hrs1700hrsMon, Wed, Fri

Jet Airways
Flight No.DepartureArrivalDays of operation
9W 4790630hrs0730hrsExcept Sun
9W 4581200hrs1300hrsDaily
9W 4711230hrs1330hrsDaily
9W 4731445hrs1545hrsDaily


Air Sahara
Flight No.DepartureArrivalDays of operation
S2-2191205hrs1305hrsDaily


Air Deccan
DN 3170525hrs0650hrsDaily
DN 3071345hrs1515hrsDaily


Spice Jet
Flight No.DepartureArrivalDays of operation
OS 2591615hrs1715hrsDaily


Kingfisher Airlines
Flight No.DepartureArrivalDays of operation
IT 3061210hrs1310hrsDaily
IT 3101450hrs1550hrsDaily


From New Delhi
Indian Airlines
Flight No.DepartureArrivalDays of operation
IC 8651200hrs1540hrsDaily

Air Sahara
Flight No.DepartureArrivalDays of operation
S2-202/2190935hrs1305hrsDaily

Spice Jet
Flight No.DepartureArrivalDays of operation
OS 2551120hrs1345hrsDaily


From Bangalore
Indian Airlines
Flight No.DepartureArrivalDays of operation
IC 917 (via Pune)1110hrs1405hrsDaily

Jet Airways
Flight No.DepartureArrivalDays of operation
9W 35251300hrs1430hrsDaily

Air Deccan
Flight No.DepartureArrivalDays of operation
DN 3051410hrs1540hrsDaily


From Chennai
Indian Airlines
Flight No.DepartureArrivalDays of operation
IC 5751255hrs1555hrsMon, Fri

Air Sahara
Flight No.DepartureArrivalDays of operation
S2-6242/2190940hrs1305hrsDaily


From Kochi
Indian Airlines
Flight No.DepartureArrivalDays of operation
IC 5751445hrs1555hrsMon, Fri


From Ahmedabad
Jet Airways
Flight No.DepartureArrivalDays of operation
9W 4731230hrs1515hrsDaily

Air Sahara
Flight No.DepartureArrivalDays of operation
S2 130 / 60411020hrs1455hrsDaily


From Hyderabad
Air Sahara
Flight No.DepartureArrivalDays of operation
S2-60411340hrs1455hrsDaily

Jet Airways
Flight No.DepartureArrivalDays of operation
9W 4581000hrs1300hrsDaily


From Kozhikode
Indian Airlines
Flight No.DepartureArrivalDays of operation
IC 5980645hrs0750hrsTue, Thu, Sat


From Kuwait
Indian Airlines
Flight No.DepartureArrivalDays of operation
IC 5762220hrs0525hrsWed, Fri, Sun


DEPARTURES

To Mumbai
Indian Airlines
Flight No.DepartureArrivalDays of operation
IC 5980830hrs0930hrsTue, Thur, Sat
IC 1641425hrs1525hrsDaily
IC 6641620hrs1720hrsDaily


Jet Airways
Flight No.DepartureArrivalDays of operation
9W 4800810hrs0910hrsExcept Sun
9W 4591345hrs1445hrsDaily
9W 4721405hrs1505hrsDaily
9W 4741615hrs1715hrsDaily


Air Sahara
Flight No.DepartureArrivalDays of operation
S2-2201335hrs1435hrsDaily


Air Deccan
Flight No.DepartureArrivalDays of operation
DN 3180710hrs0835hrsDaily
DN 3081545hrs1715hrsDaily


Spice Jet
Flight No.DepartureArrivalDays of operation
OS 2581430hrs1530hrsDaily


Kingfisher Airlines
Flight No.DepartureArrivalDays of operation
IT 3131630hrs1730hrsDaily
IT 3091340hrs1440hrsDaily


To New Delhi
Indian Airlines
Flight No.DepartureArrivalDays of operation
IC 8660715hrs1055hrsDaily


Air Sahara
Flight No.DepartureArrivalDays of operation
S2-220/2051335hrs1730hrsDaily


Spice Jet
Flight No.DepartureArrivalDays of operation
OS 2561750hrs2015hrsDaily


To Bangalore
Indian Airlines
Flight No.DepartureArrivalDays of operation
IC 9171445hrs1540hrsDaily


Air Deccan
Flight No.DepartureArrivalDays of operation
DN 3061610hrs1740hrsDaily


Jet Airways
Flight No.DepartureArrivalDays of operation
9W 35161500hrs1630hrsDaily


To Chennai
Indian Airlines
Flight No.DepartureArrivalDays of operation
IC 5760820hrs1135hrsTue, Sat


Air Sahara
Flight No.DepartureArrivalDays of operation
S2-220/62431335hrs2055hrsDaily


To Kozhikode
Indian Airlines
Flight No.DepartureArrivalDays of operation
IC 5971750hrs1855hrsMon, Wed, Fri


To Kochi
Indian Airlines
Flight No.DepartureArrivalDays of operation
IC 5760820hrs0930hrsTue, Sat


To Hyderabad
Air Sahara
Flight No.DepartureArrivalDays of operation
S2 60421525hrs1635hrsDaily


Jet Airways
Flight No.DepartureArrivalDays of operation
9W 4741615hrs1930hrsDaily


To Ahmedabad
Jet Airways
Flight No.DepartureArrivalDays of operation
9W 4800810hrs1055hrsExcept Sun


Air Sahara
Flight No.DepartureArrivalDays of operation
S2- 118/ 1291455hrs0925hrsDaily


To Kolkota
Air Sahara
Flight No.DepartureArrivalDays of operation
S2 - 220 / 3061335hrs2245hrsDaily


To Kuwait
Indian Airlines
Flight No.DepartureArrivalDays of operation
IC 5751635hrs1830hrsMon, Fri


Schedules of these flights to Goa are subject to change without notice. Please confirm at the time of booking with the Airline office or your travel agent.

Airline Offices:

  • Which is the nearest railway station to Goa?


  • Madgaon Railway Station in Panaji is regarded as the nearest railway station to Panaji and Goa.

  • Which is the nearest bus terminal to Goa?


  • Mapusa bus terminal is the nearest bus stand to the state.

  • Which is the main port of Goa?


  • The main port of Goa is Mormugao Port.

  • What is the Standard Trunk Dialing (STD) code of Goa?


  • The STD code of Goa is 0832.


What are the main agricultural crops of Goa?



Besides cashew, which is the principle crop of Goa, the other agricultural crops of the state are:
  • Arecanut
  • Banana
  • Brinjal
  • Cashewnut
  • Coconut
  • Cucumber
  • Gourd
  • Jackfruit
  • Mango
  • Paddy
  • Pineapple
  • Pumpkin
  • Radish

What is Goa famous for?



The state of Goa is known for its exotic sun-kissed sea beaches, adventure sports, beach carnivals as well as Portugese churches. These unique features of the place attract tourists from all over the world.

Why is Statehood Day celebrated in Goa?



Statehood Day is celebrated in Goa to commemorate the occasion when Goa gained statehood on August 12th, 1987; thus becoming India's 25th state. Statehood Day is officially celebrated on May 30 every year. The Statehood Day is a State holiday to celebrate Goa becoming the 25th state of the Indian Union. Goa was liberated 14 years after the Indian Independence and attained its Statehood 40 years after it became a part of mainstream India.The Shatehood Day also marks a momentous occasion of wish-fulfillment - an occasion when the long cherished dream of Goa becoming a State became a reality. Emerging from the mists of hoary antiquity, the fabled land of Lord Parshurama, after a history marked by war, conquests and alien domination, finally had its own glorious tryst with destiny on this red-letter day.

When is Liberation Day in Goa celebrated?



The Liberation Day in Goa is celebrated on December 17. It commemorates the day when the Indian Government seized power from the Portuguese colonizers in1961.The Portuguese were the first European power to arrive in India and the last to depart. They set foot in Goa in 1510 and left on 19 December 1961 - when they were driven away. In 1926, when Portugal came under grip of dictatorship, life of the common people became impossible to bear. So, the people of Goa began to rebel against their conquerors. Finally, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia, the great Indian socialist leader, launched a movement for civil liberties at a public meeting in Margao, on 18 June 1946. this meeting set in motion a mass movement for freedom from the Portuguese rule.

The Government of India, with the help of peaceful negotiations with Portugal made attempts to solve the problem of Goa between 1947 and 1955. But all these attempts proved futile. From 1955 to 1961, the Goans and the Indian political parties organised public meetings and adopted resolutions condemning Portuguese rule. in this way the terrible conditions prevailing in Goa were made public. On 18-19 December 1961, the Government of India adopted a plan called Operation Vijay to liberate the Portuguese colonies in India.

Finally, all operations in Goa came to an end at 6:00 p.m., on 19 December 1961. The final formal surrender was received from the Portuguese Governor General, Vassalo De Silva. The documents of surrender were signed at 7:30 p.m. and Major General K.P. Candeth was appointed as the Military Governor of Goa. Thus within 40 hours of the start of the military operations, the last foreign holding in India was brought to an end.

This is how the Liberation Day in Goa came into being. From then on the Liberation Day in Goa is celebrated every year on the 17th of December in celebration of their well-earned liberty.

What is the Pin Code in Goa?



The PIN codes of Goa, like the Pin Codes of every other part of India, vary from area to area. However, the PIN codes of Goa all begin with the digit "4". A list of the PIN Codes of Goa is given along side their area names in the alphabetical order below:

Air India (Off) 2224081, 2225172, 2431101-3
(Airport) 2541445 / 2541115
Indian Airlines (Off) 2428787, 2426363, 2428282
(Airport) 2540788
Jet Airways (Off) 2438792
(Airport) 2542026 / 27
Sahara Airlines (Off) 2237346, 2230634, 2237346
(Airport) 2540020, 2541211
Gujarat Airways (Off) 2230237, 22230634
Indian Airlines 242 6363 or 242 8282
Air Deccan 243 8950/1/2 or 080 3900 8888
SpiceJet 1600 180 3333 or 09871 803 333
Kingfisher Airlines 1600 1800 0101


A
Air Port Danbolim 413801
Arambol 403524
Aldona 403508
Althino 403001
Arpora 403518
Anjuna 403509
Assonora 403503
Arocim 403710
Assolna 403701
Aquem 403601
Atorda 403602

B
Baina 403802
Betim 403101
Bambolim 403201
Betora 403401
Bambolin Complex 403201
Betora Ind Estate 403409
Bamdevpur 403202
Betul 403603
Bazar Panaji 403001
Biccavolu 403504
Bazar Ponda 403401
Bicholim Ind Estate 403529
Benaulim 403716
Bogmalo 403806

C
Calangute 403516
Chorao 403102
Canacona 403702
Collem 403410
Cansaulim 403712
Colva 403708
Caranzalem 403002
Colvale 403513
Carmona 403717
Commecial Complex
Carona 403523
Corlim Industrial Estate 403110
Candolim 403515
Cuchorim 403706
Cavalasim 403721
Cumbhar Zoo 403107
Chandor 403714
Cuncolim 403703
Chicalim 403711
Courtorim 403709
Chinchinim 403715

D
Dabolim Airport Terminal 413801
Dramapur 403725

F
Fountainhas 403001
G
Goa Velha 403108

L
Loliem 403728
Loutulim 403718

M
Majorda 403713
Marcela 403107
Mandrel 403527
Mardol 403404
Mapusa (Mapuca) 403507
MARGAON HO 403601
Mapusa Industrial Area 403507
Mormugaon 403803

N
N I O Donapaula 403004
Navelim Camp 403729
Naval Base Verem 403114
Neura 403104
Navelim 403707
Nuvem 403604
S
St. Louranco 403204
Secretariat 403001
Sada 403804
Sem Rachol 403719
Saligao 403511
Shridhan 403108
Sanguem 403704
Sinquerim 403519
Santa Estevam 403106
Siolim 403517
Santacruz 403005
Siredao 403111
Santainez 403001
Siroda 403103
Sanuelim 403505
St. Estevam 403106
Sanvoedem 403727
St. Jose de Areal 403709

T
Tivim Industrial Estate 403526
Tivim 403502
Tisea 403406
O
Orlim (Goa) 403724

P
Pale 403105
Piedade 403403
Panaji HO 403001
Pilar 403203
Parra 403510
Ponda 403401
Pernem 403512
Porvorim 403501

Q
Quepem 403705

R
Raibandar 403006
Raia 403720
Reis Margos 403114
U
Usgaon 403407

V
Vaddem 403802
Velhegave (Velhegao) 403402
Valpoi 403506
Velim 403723
Varca 403721
Verna 403722
Vassia Dabhla 403802
Vagator 403509
Vasco-da-Gama 403802

Z
Zuari Nagar (Margaon) 403726


Which are the famous festivals of Goa?



Besides the national religious festivals, some of the famous vibrant festivals of Goa are:
  • Bonderam Festival
  • Feast of St. Francis Xavier
  • Feast of Three Kings
  • Shigmo Festival

Last Updated on: September 12, 2014