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A little geography
We are a tiny, but well formed, fragment of mother India. No more than 60 miles from north to south and 30 miles from east to west. To the east, we are bordered by the mountains of the Western Ghats, a natural barrier which has helped keep us unique and distinct from the vast interior of the subcontinent. To the west we are bordered by the Arabian Sea, and this meeting is marked by mile after mile of palm fringed golden beaches. Intersecting this are huge slow moving rivers: the Chapora, the Mandovi and the Zuari, all draining rainfall from the Western Ghats. The lands nearer the coast are gentle and green with paddy fields. Further east towards the Ghats, the land becomes wilder with rugged mountains and dense forestry.

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A little history
Goa is a small and unique enclave in a large and diverse nation. Our uniqueness springs from factors of geography and history. Whereas much of India displays the relics of British colonial rule, Goa was a Portuguese colony for over 400 years. Following in the wake of Vasco de Gama, the Portuguese arrived in numbers in the early 16th century, drawn by the need for spices for the kitchens of Lisbon, and driven by a missionary zeal that needed unbelievers to convert, they remained among us until as recently as 1961. Gleaming white churches nestling among quiet coconut groves now bear witness to this unique fusion of the European and the Asian.

   

 

Anjuna Beach


St Anthony's Chapel, Anjuna



Currency
We use the Indian Rupee. Want to know the current exchange rate? just click on our currency converter to convert any amount of Indian Rupees to/from any other currency at today's rate.

Further Reading
We recommend Window on Goa by Maurice Hall published 1992 by Quiller Press for an in depth guide to Goa

 


When to come

The cooler winter months of November through to March are the best times for visitors to come; temperatures are bearable and rainfall is rare. Come in May, and you will be nicely cooked. June through to September is our monsoon season, when our wells are replenished with another year's supply of water. Not a suitable time of year for beach holidays, admittedly, but this unique season does appeal to some adventurous travellers.

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