State of GoaCapital: Panaji
Area: 3,702 sq km
Date of Formation: 30 May, 1987
Neighbouring States: Karnataka, Maharashtra, Sea: Arabian Sea
Population: 1,457,723, Males: 740,711, Females: 717.012, Sex-ration: 968, Density: 394, Decadal growth: 8.17%, Literacy: 1,152,117, (total 87.40 %, male 92.81%, female 81.84%).
No of Districts: 2, Villages: 359: Towns: 44
Legislative Bodie: State Legislature-Unicameral, Assembly Seats: 40, Parliament: Lok Sabha Seats:2, Rajya Sabha:1
Main Political Parties: BJP, INC, United Gomantwadi Democratic Party, NCP, Maharashtrabadi Gomantak Party.
Seat of High Court: Bombay. A bench of Bombay High court is at Panaji District Court is in South Goa.
Chief Languages: Konkani and Marathi
Major Religions: Hinduismm and Christianity.
Main Towns: Panaji, Margao, Vasco, Mapusa, Ponda, Vagator.
(a) Rivers: Mandovi, Zuari Terekhol, Chapora and Betul
(b) Mountains: Western Ghats
(c) Lake: Mayem
(d) Caves Khandepur, Arvalem.
(e) Wildlife: Dr.Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Cotigoa Wildlife Sanctuary, Molem N.Park, Bhagwan Mahavir W.Sanctuary the Mormugao harbour.
(f) Beaches: Bogmalo (water sports), Calangute, Colva, Mandrem, Morijim, Anjuna, Baga, Candolim, Sinquerim, Majorda, Benaulim, Varca, Agonda and Vagator.
(g) Waterfalls: The Aravelam waterfallsadjacent to it is Rudreshwara temple and interesting rock-cut caves the Mayem Lake, the Dudsagar waterfalls-little downhill is the Devil’s Canyon suitable for trekkers and hikers. Forest: 1424sq km. irrigation: 43000 hectares.
Economy: Paddy (rice) is the main agricultural crop, followed by ragi, coconut and cashew. The state has a opulent forest cover of more than 1,424 sq. kms. Fishing withstands a work force of 40,000 people.
(a) Minerals: lron ore manganese, for-manganese, bauxite, silica sand
(b) Industries: Minign industries, fruit canning, small scale industries like brewerie, fish canning, automobile batteries, printing press, stoves, computer peripherals, zip fastner, etc
(c) Agro Products: Paddy/rice, pulses ragi,groundnut, maize, jowar, bajra, sugarcane,coconuts, cashewnut, arecanut, pineapple, mangos, bananas.
Transport & Communications:
(a) Road Length: NH-264 km state highways-279 km, SH-District roads-815km
(b) Railway Length: Goa is linked with Mumbai, Mangalore and Thiruvanthapuram through the Konkan railway
(c) Main Railway Stations: Margoa Canacona, Balli, Verna, Karmali, Thivim, Pernem
(d) Airport: Dabolim international (29km from Panaji)
(e) Chief Port: Mormugao, Dona Paula, Panaji.
Fort: Tiracol- built by Marathas in 1745, Cabonow governor’s house, Cabo da Ramajuts into the sea, Reis Magos-named afterward Biblical Magi Rulers who is believed to have owned this area and the Aguada Fort built by Portuguese between 1609-1612-now used as central prison.
Cuisine: Sweets: Bebinca, Dodol, Sanna, Delicacies: Bangra, pork vindaloo, sorpotel, acuri, chourisso.
(a) Dances: Fugdi, Dhalo (folk): Dekni, Kumbi, Bandhap (women). Man-do (love-east-west mix), Ghode Mondi (Ranes victory over Portuguese), Goff & Hanpt Sword (during Shigmo), Dhangar (Navratri), Kala and Dashavtari.
(b) Festivals: Carnival, Shigmotsav (Feb/Mar) Sabado Gordo (Feb), Beach Bonanza (Apr), Konkani Drama Fest (Nov/Dec).
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