Goa is located on the western coast of India, in the Konkan coastal belt.
Goa has been ruled by several successive kingdoms – the Rashtrakutas, Kadambas, Silaharas, Chalukyas, Bahamani Muslims etc. However, the most famous rulers have been the Portuguese. On December 19, 1961, Goa was liberated from the Portuguese clutches by the Indian Army and made an Indian Union Territory. It attained Statehood in 1987.
Goa is the smallest state by area in India. It is the fourth smallest by population. The capital city of Goa is Panaji while the largest city in Goa is Vasco da Gama. The state has only two districts, North Goa and South Goa.
Goa is known for its famous beaches, temples, churches and heritage buildings. Tourists all over the world visit the state every year.
Konkani is the local language spoken in goa.