Smallest and richest state of India

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  • Feni, made from the fermented fruit of the cashew tree, is the most popular alcoholic beverage in Goa.
  • Goa is India’s smallest but richest state which is located on along the Arabian Sea on the west coast of India
  • Goa has a GDP per capita two and a half times that of India as a whole.
  • Goa is the only place where one can hire a two wheeler taxi called “pilots.” These motorcycle taxis a cheap form of transport and are identified by their yellow license plates.
  • The first printing press of Asia was installed in Goa at St Paul’s college in 1556.
  • Goans qualify for a Portuguese Passport in addition to an India one.
  • Goa is India’s most forested state, with 33 percent of the state covered with forest.
  • There are 6,000 bars in Goa licensed to sell alcohol.
  • Goa has low prices for beer, wine and spirits due to its low excise duty on alcohol.
  • About 65.7 percent of Goans practice Hinduism, 26.6 percent practice Christianity and 6.8 percent practice Islam. The remaining one percent are Sikh, Buddhists and Jain.
  • Football is the most popular sport in Goa, dating back to 1883 when the visiting Irish priest Fr. William Robert Lyons established the sport as part of a “Christian education. ”
  • Goa is the only Indian state with an active and enforced Uniform Civil Code implemented by the Portuguese. The Uniform Civil Code in Goa requires equal division of income and property between husband and wife and also between children regardless of gender. Muslims that have their marriages registered in Goa cannot take more than one wife. During the course of marriage all the property and wealth owned or acquired by each spouse is commonly held by the couple. In the case of divorce, each spouse entitled to a half share of the property.
  • Goa has a hot and humid climate with three distinctive seasons: Summer: Mid-March to June; Monsoon: July to September (with an average of 26 inches of rainfall during this period); and Winter: Mid-December to February.
  • Rice with fish curry is a diet staple in Goa. Coconut, coconut oil, chili peppers, spices and vinegar are widely used in Goan food.
  • The Portuguese ruled Goa for more than 450 years, until the December 17, 1961 Indian military invasion of Goa that ended with the surrender of the Portuguese Governor General Vassalo da Silva.
  • Today Mormugí£o is the leading iron ore exporting port of India with more than 27 million tons of iron ore passing through it each year, most going to Japan and Korea.
  • As one of India’s best natural harbors, Mormugí£o became a key trading point and was chosen for the terminus of the new railway linking the Portuguese colony to British India that opened in July 1886.
  • Portuguese was the official language until Goa was liberated from the Portugal regime in 1961.
  • When the Portuguese colonized part of Goa in the sixteenth century, they built forts on various hills along the coast. In 1624, they began to build their fortified town on the headland overlooking Mormugí£o harbor.
  • Goa is only state in India having two official state languages: Konkani – which is written in both the Devnagri script and Roman English script, and Marathi.
  • Today the state of Goa is divided into 2 districts: North Goa and South Goa. Mormugí£o is a sub-district and a municipal council in the South Goa district.
  • Five languages are commonly spoken in Goa: English, Portuguese, Konkani, Hindi and Marathi. The other main languages spoken in Goa are Kannada, Gujrati and Urdu.
  • Mormugao is a port , in India’s smallest state of Goa,

 

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