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The golden land of Goa -- with
its virginal white beaches, ancient Portuguese mansions, tiny
drowsy villages and lush wooded hills -- is perhaps the most magnificent
3,702 sq km of Asia. What sets the 102 km coastline of Goa apart
from other beach paradises is the laid-back, don't-care-be-happy
of the punch-drunk Goans, who when they are not snoring off sarpotel
lunches, are ready to break into song and dance at any hour
of the day. Extraordinarily warm and exuberant, the Goans are
famous for their hospitality. Equally unique are the Portuguese
influences that colour the language, the landscape, the food and
the culture of the place.
Born: Goa is said to have its own special place in Hindu mythology as the wonderful land of Gomant that rose out of the sea after Parasurama aka Vishnu shot an arrow from the Western Ghats... Goa history.
Population: 1.3 million
Time: Five and a half hours ahead of GMT.
Climate: Maximum temperature of 35 degrees Celsius. Minimum temperature of about 15 degrees Celsius. Rainfall is upto 900 mm in the monsoons.
Best times to visit: The weather between November and February is cool and pleasant and the tourist season in Goa. March to May can be very hot and uncomfortable. June to September is lovely, green and lush but very wet.
Be wary of: Paying extra high prices. Haggling is a must. For a travel health advisory click here.
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