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Goa General-info

Capital:  
Panaji.
Main Languages: 
Konkani, Marathi, Portuguese, and English.
Area: 
3,702 sq. km
District: 
2.
Population:
1.6 million.
Literacy: 
77%, it is one of the highest literacy rate in country . 
Boundaries: 
East and South-Karnataka; West-Arabian Sea; North- Maharashtra and Terekhol River.
Highways
Goa is connected by the National Highways - NH4A, NH17 and NH17A. The National Highways total to 224kms. and the State Highways measure up to 231kms. The major District Roads measure 815kms. The villages have surfaced as well as unsurfaced roads and total to 3538kms.
Airport: 
Dabolim.
Longest rivers are:
 The Zuari and The Mandovi.
Altitude:  
Sea level to 1,022 meters.
Highest Mountains: 
Sonsogad in the Sahyadri range of the Western Ghats (3,827 feet).
Monsoon :
June to September.
Rainfall :
March-April: Traces.
May - June: Moderate (About 400-500mm).
July-August: Maximum (About 1500-1800).
September-October: Moderate (About 200-400mm).
Temperature:
Maximum: 34° C
Minimum: 
20° C
Clothing required:
Tropical clothing throughout the year. Light woolens can be worn during December and January.
Urban Population:
41%.
Growth rate(1981-91):
15.96%.
Sex ratio (Females per 1000 males)
969.
Per capita income:
Rs. 6939.

Tourist Season :
Throughout the year (November to February is pleasant while June to September is rainy season). 

Museums
Old Goa : Archaeological Museum and Portrait Gallery.
Panaji : Museum of Goa, Daman and Diu-St. Inez.

Pilgrim Centres
Old Goa : Basilica of the Bom Jesus, the mortal remains St.Francis Xavier is kept here - Dabolim 27 km.
Reis Magos: Church of Reis Magos A - Dabolim 29 km.
Ponda: Shri Manguesh, Priol temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. There are other temple in Ponda like Shri Mahalsa, Shri Gopal, Ganpati, Shri Shantadurga, Shri Naguesh, Shri Mahalakashmi, A-Dabolim 35km. 

Forests : 
The forest in Goa is nearly 1/3 of its geographical area. The total forest area is 1424sq.kms. of which 1224sq.kms. is under Government control and about 200sq.kms. under private owners. Wildlife management, which is an important component is being taken care of by scientific management of four sanctuaries which covers above 25 % of the Government forest areas of the State. Wild life Preservation Act 1972 is vigorously implemented.