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State of Goa-Population-Map-Places-Culture-Places-Capital

State of Goa

Capital: Panaji
Goa Emblem-logo-seal

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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