Around 100 k.m of coastline with over 35 beaches, GOA breathes many lives. The sandy beaches, the oscillating palm trees, the busy avenues and the grooving clubs lets you explore the unique essence of Goa with every visit you make.
Goa has a past which is overwhelming, the present which is exhilarating and the future which is exciting. Let us see a few revelations about Goa which we usually ignore while being a tourist or a traveller.
1. Goa honours two Independence Days
India received its freedom on 15th August 1947, but the Portuguese were not ready to leave control over Goa. On 17th December the Indian Army, Navy and Air force attacked and conquered Portuguese army. The very next day, i.e on 18th December Portuguese governor gave up and on 19th December Goa officially became the part of India. That is how Goa celebrates its second Independence on 19th December.
2. Wide forest cover
Goa has a forest cover of almost 33% of its total land area: Beaches, shacks, clubs, bars etc are the first thoughts to arrive in our mind when we think about Goa.
But Goa has a forest cover of almost one-third of its land with beautiful flora and fauna and fascinating wildlife. With a variety of bird species, animals and reptiles; Goa nurtures all of them with a pleasant ecosystem of the western ghats.
3. Two official languages
With diversities of people residing here, Goa charms almost 2 million travellers from all around the world. Many of us might not know that Goa has two official languages Konkani and Marathi.
4. Headphone party
Neptune Point, Silent Noise hosts the famous headphone parties every week. The headphone parties are for those who do not like too much noise from the speaker system and party lovers enjoy their music on their personal headphones where music is broadcasted via radio transmitters. Headphone parties are absolutely fun, with people being struck by its awesomeness.
5. Any time is the best time
Sandy beaches, exotic nightlife and pleasant weather make it a very friendly place to visit, be it a family vacation or friends outing. Goa is open to tourists throughout the year and one can visit it any time of the year without worrying about the weather or the season.
A luxurious holiday, a leisure trip or backpack travel, Goa has a lot to offer any time of the year.
6. Exceptional Quality of Life
Even though being the smallest state of India, the quality of life the people live is considered the best when compared to the other states of India. With the highest per capita income of around 459 thousand ( according to the Statistica Research Department), Goa boasts of exceptional quality of living.
7. Naval Aviation Museum
The Naval Aviation Museum is the first of its kind museum in all of Asia. It shows the aircraft used by the Indian navy throughout its history and is being displayed under the sky gallery. The interiors of the museums are designed to look like naval aircraft carrier INS Virat and also displays naval equipment. This museum is one of its kind, it is a place worth visiting on your next visit to Goa.
8. Uniform civil Code:
Goa practices a uniform civil code irrespective of religion, gender and caste. It has a common family law which states that Hindu, Muslim or Christians practice the same law when it comes to marriage, divorce or the succession of the hierarchy.
9. First Medical School
Goa boasts of having the first medical school to educate prospective doctors. It was established in 1842 Goa was still under Portuguese rule. Originally built in Panjim is now shifted to Bambolim. A place where the medicine was taught in the Portuguese language for more than 400 years and then the medium of education was switched to English.
The Dudhsagar waterfall known for its beauty is the second-highest waterfall in India. Dudhsagar waterfalls are surrounded by the forest and are flowing down a hill behind the railway lines. Enjoy the beauty of the fall with your own eyes taking a dip in the water.
11. Feni-the spirit of Goa
Feni is a liquor produced locally in Goa which is again exclusive to Goa. Goa produces two types of Feni, cashew Feni and Coconut Feni. People in Goa believe Feni to be safe to drink spirit as it is completely organic and free from any non-natural ingredients. Goan even takes then as medicine for minor cough and cold as it keeps the body warm and
Knowing these few facts will make sure that you explore the length and breadth of Goa on your next visit. Happy and Safe exploring!